Experimental Design/Practice

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The following are examples of Experimental Design events which can be used for practice.

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Example 1

Topic: Gravity

Materials:

  • 3 rubber balls(different sizes and colors)
  • 30 cm of masking tape
  • 10 rubber bands
  • 1 meter stick
  • 1 plastic spoon
  • 1 block of styrofoam
  • 10 popsicle sticks

Example 2

Topic: None

Materials:

  • 2 toy cars
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 20 push pins
  • 1 meter stick
  • 3 1'x1'sheets of cardboard
  • 5 1'x1/2 sheets of cardboard
  • 5 1'X1/4 sheets of cardboard

Example 3

Topic: Temperature

Materials:

  • Thermometer
  • Hot and cold tap water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of MSG
  • 3 250 ml beakers
  • 10 plastic spoons
  • 1 tube of toothpaste
  • 1 bottle of hair gel

Example 4

Topic: Motion through rolling

Mateirals:

  • 5 marbles
  • 1 can
  • 1 foot of sand paper
  • 1 small pegboard
  • 4 dictionaries
  • 1 sharpie
  • 1 foot of masking tape
  • 1 foot of PVC pipe

Example 5

Topic: Water

Materials:

  • 10 cotton balls
  • 4 beakers
  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 bottle of water (bottle may be used)
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 roll of plastic wrap
  • 10 cotton swabs

Example 6

Topic: None

Materials:

  • 1 stick of gum
  • 1 cup of juice
  • 1 cup of soda water
  • 1 cup of Chex Mix
  • 10 plastic cups
  • 5 plastic spoons
  • 1 meter stick

Example 7

Topic: Chemistry

Materials:

  • 10 plastic spoons
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 4 plastic bottles
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar

Example 8

Topic: None

  • 3 markers
  • 10 sheets of plain white paper
  • 3 pencils
  • 3 crayons
  • 2 rulers

Example 9

Topic: Electricity

Materials:

  • 1 buzzer
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 battery
  • 1 penny
  • 1 paper clip
  • 1 ice bath
  • 1 hot plate
  • 1 thermometer

Example 10

Topic: Physics

Materials:

  • 10 note cards
  • 2 sheets of sand paper
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 5 marbles
  • 1 toy car
  • 30 cm of tape
  • 10 paper clips

Example 11

Topic: Pressure

Materials:

  • 1 syringe
  • 3 blocks of wood, 15cm x 3cm x 15cm
  • 8 textbooks, same size
  • timer
  • 30 cm of string
  • scale
  • water
  • paper cups
  • paper clips