Bridget and Austin are on their skateboards when Austin announces
that, in school today, he learned he has more potential than Bridget
does he'll go farther in the world than she will. To demonstrate
his point, he challenges her to a skateboard race. They start at
the same time, but Austin crosses the finish line ahead of Bridget.
He says this proves he'll always go farther in anything that he
does. Bridget is skeptical and thinks something is fishy. They go
to Alex's and explain what happened. Alex introduces the concepts
of potential and kinetic energy. Alex tells the viewers that Bridget
and Austin's race contained too many variables to be valid. Your
students are then invited to do some experiments to determine the
difference between potential and kinetic energy.
the Teacher Guide (PDF file) Lesson begins on page 95.
Activities for Energy