Kinetic Energy, Chain Reaction, and Correlation vs. Causation

During Intersession, a week-long learning adventure when our entire school focuses on one theme (this year, The Ties that Bind Us) in a cross-disciplinary, multi-age intensive, our Middle School students weaved popsicle sticks together to build potential energy. Each popsicle stick is bent over the stick before it and pinned under the stick before that, creating tension in the wood.

After the sticks are joined together, the students released the tension and potential energy was released in a chain reaction of kinetic energy!

View a video of the Airborne Popsicle Sticks on our Media Gallery.

The students observed and discussed different forms of energy and correlation vs causation.
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