Make a Trebuchet & learn factors affecting potential energy | School Science Projects

Make a trebuchet to understand:

  • Factors effecting gravitational potential energy possessed by an object due to its position
  • Factors effecting elastic potential energy possessed by an object as a result of deformation
  • Potential and kinetic energy and their interconversion
  • Law of conservation of energy

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Work and Energy are two counterparts, where the latter cannot exist without the former. Owing to this complementary nature, work and energy are two inseparable concepts that find their way into every critical science textbook. Yet to fully understand the core of these topics, it is quintessential that a student performs experiments to depict their utility practically.

With the help of this project, your child will understand the following crucial concepts:

  • Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Factors affecting gravitational potential energy
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Potential and kinetic energies, and their conservation
    By using the extremely enjoyable and fun to construct trebuchet, this Do-It-Yourself project teaches your child an experiential, fun and practical law about Physics. By using the available apparatus, and as simple as the kit may seem, it provides knowledge about the following:
  • Factors effecting gravitational potential energy possessed by an object due to its position
  • Factors effecting elastic potential energy possessed by an object as a result of deformation
  • Potential and kinetic energy and their interconversion
  • Law of conservation of energy
    It is important to note that these concepts are the essential cogs of the overall Physics machine, thus giving your child perhaps the most basic and fundamental of STEM/STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) alongside a development of their motor skills, perseverance, focus and confidence.

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