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

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.
  • Actively engage in hands-on and inquiry-based investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts/ideas/questions with peers and program facilitators.