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The objective for this proposal is to obtain Futures funds to purchase materials that will allow for over four hundred 8th grade students to explore gravity in a whole new way! Our goal at Heritage Middle is to have the tools to continually incorporate engaging activities that stimulate our students’ thinking. If the funds are secured for this project, we will build 6 hands-on models that assist students in visualizing and describing how gravity keeps the planets in orbit around the sun, explain how mass and distance affect gravity, and predict how celestial bodies (planets, comets, asteroids, etc.) will travel as they orbit closer to the sun.
The students understand that when something is dropped, it falls to the floor, however they struggle with mastery of the following standards because reading about gravity in a book is not the same as being able to visually experience it:
SC.6.P.13.2 Explore the Law of Gravity by recognizing that every object exerts gravitational force on every other object and that the force depends on how much mass the objects have and how far apart they are.
SC.8.P.8.2 Differentiate between weight and mass, recognizing that weight is the amount of gravitational pull on an object and is distinct from, though proportional to, mass.
SC.8.E.5.7 Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth, such as gravitational force, distance from the Sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
SC.8.E.5.4 Explore the Law of Universal Gravitation by explaining the role that gravity plays in the formation of planets, stars, and solar systems and in determining their motions.

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Besides gravity, NOTHING will keep our students down!

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School:
Heritage Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Amanda Klein 
 
Jennifer Coll, Amanda Silva, Dennis Prestwood 
Students Impacted:
400 
Grade:
Date:
August 27, 2019

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FUTURES - $251.50

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Goal

The objective for this proposal is to obtain Futures funds to purchase materials that will allow for over four hundred 8th grade students to explore gravity in a whole new way! Our goal at Heritage Middle is to have the tools to continually incorporate engaging activities that stimulate our students’ thinking. If the funds are secured for this project, we will build 6 hands-on models that assist students in visualizing and describing how gravity keeps the planets in orbit around the sun, explain how mass and distance affect gravity, and predict how celestial bodies (planets, comets, asteroids, etc.) will travel as they orbit closer to the sun.
The students understand that when something is dropped, it falls to the floor, however they struggle with mastery of the following standards because reading about gravity in a book is not the same as being able to visually experience it:
SC.6.P.13.2 Explore the Law of Gravity by recognizing that every object exerts gravitational force on every other object and that the force depends on how much mass the objects have and how far apart they are.
SC.8.P.8.2 Differentiate between weight and mass, recognizing that weight is the amount of gravitational pull on an object and is distinct from, though proportional to, mass.
SC.8.E.5.7 Compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth, such as gravitational force, distance from the Sun, speed, movement, temperature, and atmospheric conditions.
SC.8.E.5.4 Explore the Law of Universal Gravitation by explaining the role that gravity plays in the formation of planets, stars, and solar systems and in determining their motions.

 

 

What will be done with my students

The students will complete a lab in which they will master the following learning intentions:
They will explore the Law of Gravity by identifying and/or explaining the role that gravity plays in the formation and motion of planets, stars, and solar systems.
They will describe the relationship among distance, mass, and gravitational force between any two objects.
They will be able to compare and contrast the properties of objects in the Solar System, including the Sun, planets, and moons to those of Earth, such as gravitational force, distance from the Sun, speed, and movement.
The students will be conducting a scientific experiment where the spheres of different masses will be manipulated in order to study the effect on their gravitational forces. Students will place different masses such as a billiard ball and a baseball in the center of the fabric to represent the Sun. They will then "orbit" other various size masses around the Sun, such as golf balls, ping pong balls, marbles, and BBs on the spandex fabric to mimic planets, comets, asteroids, etc. Students will also manipulate how far the other balls are placed away from the “Sun” to visualize how their motion changes. In doing so, they will see how mass and distance affect the strength and pull of gravity on different objects in space.

 

 

Benefits to my students

This gravitational forces model will allow for students to learn about gravity in a tangible format. They can watch videos about gravity, read about gravity, and discuss gravity however this model and hands-on experiment will allow them to learn about an abstract topic that our assessment scores show students struggle with, in a hands-on way through creating a model that mimics gravitational forces. Many students believe that only mass affects gravitational pull. They understand that the greater the mass of an object, the larger gravitational pull it will have on other objects. However, most students do not realize gravity is a force between objects. In addition, many students also have a misconception that gravity is due to the weight of the atmosphere on a planet or the rate of spin of the planet. As a result of this activity, I believe that having hands-on experience with this concept will clarify misconceptions and result in a much deeper understanding of gravity, mass, and distance. This project will also impact the students by providing them with a memorable experience that will create a lasting memory.  

 

Budget Narrative

This budget includes enough materials for six lab groups to complete the experiment. This experiment will be used with all 8th grade students and can be used year after year. Each group will receive their "space" table which includes the spandex fabric stretched and clipped to a plastic molded children's pool. Each lab group will also receive one or more of the following types of balls with varying masses and sizes: billiard balls, baseballs, golf balls, ping pong balls, marbles, and BBs. The materials are quoted from Walmart and Hobby Lobby.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Molded Plastic Pools (3 x $15.00) $45.00
2 Spandex Fabric (9 yards x $13.00/yard) $117.00
3 Billiard Balls (4 x $5.00) $20.00
4 Baseballs (Pack of 8) $15.00
5 Binder Clips (4 boxes x $2.00) $8.00
6 Golf Balls (12 balls, 1 pack) $12.50
7 Ping Pong Balls (36 pack) $9.00
8 Marbles (50 count (2.50) x2) $5.00
9 BBs (1 box) $5.00
10 Small Storage boxes (3 x $2.00) $6.00
11 Large Storage Box (1 x 9.00) $9.00
  Total: $251.50

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Special Thanks to Our Presenting Partners

Amscot

FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

William & Linda Cuthbert

Heart of Volusia, Inc.

Duke-Energy

Florida Health Care Plans & Florida Blue

Florida Power & Light Company

Noopur Ranganathan

SunTrust Foundation

Rue & Ziffra

Launch Federal Credit Union

Addition Financial

New Smyrna Beach Board of Realtors

Mader Southeast

Cobb Cole