© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Mechanical Energy | Curious Crew | Ep. 210

Water wheels, cup rocket and wrecking balls? WATCH NOW

Mechanical energy is the combined potential and kinetic energy in an object that enables work to occur through the movement of another object. Learn how energy is stored and released in everyday objects. Then try the STEM Challenge by designing and building a kinetic car.

WATCH NOW at video.wkar.org

Solve Mechanical Energy Puzzles and Games at STEMGameCrew.com

Download the #CuriosityGuide 

  1. Cup Racer (pdf): Learn about several types of energy while building and testing a really cool racer.
  2. Craft-Stick Chain Reaction (pdf): Build a “cobra” out of sticks, set it in motion, and watch what happens!
  3. Ramped Up (pdf): This “marble-ous” activity demonstrates several kinds of energy!
  4. Cup Rocket (pdf): Make a crazy cup rocket and learn more about mechanical energy.
  5. Waterwheel Work (pdf): Round and round it goes! Find out what the energy of water can do.
  6. Mini Marshmallow Launcher (pdf): Have a blast making this neat little launcher. How far will your marshmallows go?

STEM - Challenge Making a Kinetic Car (pdf): Engineer a car that runs without a motor!

first air 2/22/16 Ep. 210

Related Content
Journalism at this station is made possible by donors who value local reporting. Donate today to keep stories like this one coming. It is thanks to your generosity that we can keep this content free and accessible for everyone. Thanks!