Watch Mister C’s Potential and Kinetic Energy Chain Reaction video to learn more about kinetic and potential energy.
There are many types of energy to explore in science: chemical, thermal, gravitational or even nuclear. The simplest way to categorize energy is as being either potential or kinetic. Potential energy is stored energy and kinetic energy is the motion. Think of a roller coaster. Potential energy is the energy stored as a roller coaster sits at the top of the hill, there is lots weight in those cars waiting to take eager riders down the hill. Once the roller coaster is in motion, now we are looking at kinetic energy, the energy is in motion and the riders are having a blast!
Mister C uses blocks, rubber bands and popsicle sticks to create a lot of potential energy and then what fun it is to see what happens to the sticks when that potential energy is release and the kinetic energy gets in motion! At home you can recreate this experiment with similar items. Try changing things up, see what happens if your blocks are smaller or bigger. What happens if you put two rubber bands on instead of just one. Do the sticks fly further? Have fun
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