What is Energy?

Energy Transformations
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Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will build the understanding that there are different types of energy and many can not be directly observed.

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1 hour
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Students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of energy through observing a variety of energy transformations and develop a foundational vocabulary for identifying and discussing energy concepts. Students will make observations about how energy is converted between stored and kinetic forms through interacting with these changes in a station-based format. Students have the opportunity to share their findings and engage in scientific talk based on their interactions. 

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Rulers, wind-up toys, complete circuit, rubber band-propelled vehicles, several magnets and nonmagnetic items, water bottles, large and small ball