ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans  
Subject: Science (4)
Title: Zoom Zoom!
Description: In this lesson, students will explore how to increase the potential and kinetic energy of their toy cars by building ramps. Students will measure the distance the car travels and create a class line graph via the internet from the recorded data. Students will investigate potential and kinetic energy by introducing different variables such as mass, weight, and height during a ramp redesign, and measure the distance the cars travel using the variables. Students will create a presentation on Educreations to showcase their ramp redesign using their chosen variable. This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

Subject: Science (3 - 5)
Title: Marble Coaster
Description: This lesson is adapted from a lesson entitled, "Marble Run", from the NASA Education Guide Amusement Park Physics with a NASA Twist. Students will explore the effects of force, speed, motion, and gravity in creating a roller coaster track for a marble. This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.