Return to Headlines

Middle School Students Shoot Field Goals While Learning Physics

Middle School Students Shoot Field Goals While Learning Physics

Students in Mrs. Staebell's eighth grade science class participated in a pre-Super Bowl science lab. The students created paper footballs (a piece of paper folded into a triangle). Then they attempted to flick their football with their fingers in hopes of getting it through the goal post. The students were able to make multiple attempts, record and evaluate their results. The students were learning Sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion. They saw the laws of motion in action and were able to explain how each of the three laws of motion explained how, why, and where their footballs traveled during the competition. It was an impressive way for the students to see the science in action.

 

Pictured is Alyssa Bowers flicking her football through the goal posts. After each football landed the students were able to measure the distance and direction it had traveled to adjust their results for future attempts.