Building a Bungee Jump

Build and study a bungee jump that is safe and fun to use.

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A bungee jump involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. Design a bungee jump that is "safe" for a hard-boiled egg. Create a safety egg harness and connect it to a rubber band, which is your the "bungee cord." Finally, attach your bungee cord to a force sensor to measures the forces that push or pull your egg.

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Subject
Engineering

Focus Area
Probeware

Grade Level
Elementary School

License
CC BY 4.0

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

1. The Nature of Science

1A. The Scientific Worldview
  • 1A/E2**. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that science is a process of trying to figure out how the world works by making careful observations and trying to make sense of those observations.
1C. The Scientific Enterprise
  • 1C/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that science is an adventure that people everywhere can take part in, as they have for many centuries.

3. The Nature of Technology

3B. Design and Systems
  • 3B/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that there is no perfect design. Designs that are best in one respect (safety or ease of use, for example) may be inferior in other ways (cost or appearance). Usually some features must be sacrificed to get others.
3C. Issues in Technology
  • 3C/E4*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails must be considered in technological design.

4. The Physical Setting

4B. The Earth
  • 4B/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that things on or near the earth are pulled toward it by the earth's gravity.
4F. Motion
  • 4F/E1a. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces.
  • 4F/E1bc. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that the greater the force is, the greater the change in motion will be. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have.
4G. Forces of Nature
  • 4G/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that the earth's gravity pulls any object on or near the earth toward it without touching it.

11. Common Themes

11A. Systems
  • 11A/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that thinking about things as systems means looking for how every part relates to others. The output from one part of a system (which can include material, energy, or information) can become the input to other parts. Such feedback can serve to control what goes on in the system as a whole.
11B. Models
  • 11B/E2*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, number lines, maps, and oral and written descriptions can be used to represent objects, events, and processes in the real world.
  • 11B/E3** (SFAA). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E6** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use audio and video recording devices for capturing information.

Copyright
© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Building a Bungee Jump. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2012, May 21.</a>

AIP
Building a Bungee Jump (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Building a Bungee Jump (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Building a Bungee Jump. (2012, May 21). Retrieved 2017, June 25, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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Grade Level
Elementary School
Subject
Engineering
Focus Area
Probeware
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