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‘Bounce’, ‘flex’, ‘spring’ – what is elastic potential energy? Energy is in everything. It is the force that allows things to go, move and happen. Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot disappear. This resource ‘unpacks’ a difficult concept using familiar everyday items such as rubber bands, slingshots, catapults, springs and a variety of balls – tennis balls, table tennis balls, golf balls and bouncy rubber balls. Gravitational potential, chemical potential energy and kinetic energy are also introduced. There is a strong ‘inquiry focus’ in this resource. A concept or idea is introduced at the start of an activity, with extension ideas and activities given for students to discuss and explore further.
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