Learning Labs

nature of science and physics

Science Design: Investigating Pendulums

Explore the nature of science using pendulums! Students will design a scientific investigation as they ask questions, design and carry out their own experiments, and analyze their results. 

About the lab

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $120
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS 1: Matter and its interactions

Illinois Learning Standards

4: A, B; 10: A, B; 11: A, B; 12: D; 13: A, B

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding of how to design and carry out a testable scientific investigation.
  • Understand the connection between ideas explored and applications in the real world.
  • Be actively engaged in hands-on and inquiry-based investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts / ideas / questions with peers and program facilitators.