Students complete a â€˜Force Diagramsâ€™ worksheet that relates to their experiences of the various activities. Students will also collect data and use this to calculate the average speed of the Toboggan Run. Some students can then apply their knowledge of the Toboggan Run to complete a distance-time graph.
This resource is for students at key stage 3 and relates to the â€˜Motion and Forcesâ€™ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on force diagrams and the quantitative relationship between average speed, distance and time. The tasks link to various activities at Robin Hill, specifically to the Toboggan Run.
It is suggested to teachers that students be introduced to the effects of forces and the methods of describing motion prior to the trip
After their visit students can practise their â€˜Working Scientificallyâ€™ skills by carrying out a practical investigation into their experience of the Toboggan Run - they will investigate how the design of a toboggan affects its average speed.
Students will draw force diagrams to represent balanced and unbalanced forces. They will use the equation speed = distance Ã· time to carry out their calculations. Some students will apply their knowledge to complete distance-time graphs.