This week at Rocket Club we explored the concept of momentum by building an object called Newton's cradle. Newton's cradle, named after Sir Isaac Newton, is a device that demonstrates conservation of momentum and energy using a series of swinging spheres. When you swing one ball, it hits the others, with the energy pushing the ball on the other end and so on.
We started by constructing our base, and then building up the support structures that would hold the balls in place. After we built our structures, we focused on hanging the balls. Once that was done, we got to test out our handmade Newton's Cradles. The kids loved the activity and had a lot of fun building these devices. The excitement of having successfully constructing one of these was a joy to witness. Not only did the kids get to learn about momentum and energy, they also practiced their hands at engineering.
This was a fun activity, and I look forward to doing more STEM projects with the kids. Check back in here to see what else we do here at Rocket Club.