Flying pigs are great to teach Physics concepts?
Many people love pigs especially the cute little pig in Babe, and some of us also know the idiom “when PIGS fly…”. Hence, it was a natural evolution to make a cute toy that flies in circles hanging from the ceiling.
It is this cute toy that students have experienced flying from the light fixtures in KSL2 making them stop and think….’what is going on?’, which is the first step in engaging their active minds but a great way to get them thinking about how this flying pig illustrates many science concepts that they will be exploring ranging from constant speed, changing velocity, through to the higher senior concepts on centripetal acceleration.
“His name is …. Charlie…”
Charlie has been busy helping the students in Sci 9.3 explore energy concepts such as Kinetic Energy (KE), sound energy and the energy conversions from stored Potential Energy (PE) in batteries into KE in the motor which then is converted to sound energy as the wings move and KE as the wings flap.
Charlie’s day doesn’t finish there. He continued his teaching into year 10.6 and 10.3 where he taught the kids about displacement, distance, constant speed and changing velocity.
He gave them a challenge card to get them into groups where they problem solved how to calculate his average speed. They found out that they needed to remember a formula from maths (circumference of a circle) and then used that to calculate the distance he flew around the circle. Once they knew that, they could easily calculate his speed.
What a tricky little PIG !
After a small rest, however, he continued to teach the kids about the difference between scalar physical quantities (distance, speed) and vector physical quantities (displacement and velocity). Some pictures of the kids exploring these mini-challenge sessions and then moving onto exploring them using Constant velocity cars, EV3 LEGO robots and also shown. More specific details of these can be found in Cars & Robotics meet Physics post.
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