Physics and Astronomy

May the Force be with You
Objective To construct various devices that can provide or exert different types of forces.
Purpose To investigate different kinds of forces.
Participants Teams of up to four.
Materials Elastic bands, 2 magnets, string weight (bob), brick, spring scissors, wooden block comb, ruler bits of paper.
  1. Students may work in teams of up to 4 persons.
  2. Each team has all the materials and a given time limit to construct various apparatus with which to demonstrate different kinds of forces.
  3. Teams will be allowed 5 minutes to construct an apparatus and name the force involved. At the end of the allotted time the judge will assess the constructions to verify that it corresponds to the force named. The team may then proceed to another construction.
  4. For every force named correctly, a team will be allotted 10 points. If 5 minutes passes and a team fails to complete the apparatus it is working on, it must abandon the project and start a new one.
  5. Materials may be changed with respect to quantity and size and may be reused.
  6. The contest is over after a predetermined length of time e.g. 30 minutes.
Judging The team with the most points wins.
Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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