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Floor Walker Experiment

Ideal for ages 5 to 11
Year 1 to Year 6 (Primary 2 to 7)

This is a fun activity investigating how energy is stored in an elastic band.

Turn the pencil to wind up the elastic band, place it on the floor - then watch it go!
Just few turns of the pencil can propel the Floor Walker a surprising distance.
Get the children to each make a Floor Walker - and then race them against each other.

For a more scientific approach, you can measure how far the Floor Walker travels for a given number of turns of the pencil.
Or investigate the effects of friction by comparing how far the Floor Walker travels over different surfaces.

Topics covered in this experiment include:

Storing energy;

Converting stored energy into a force;

Friction;

The importance of making several measurements.

Floor Walker Standard Pack   (S11)   £6
Floor Walker Class Pack   (S11C)   £14
Additional Floor Walker Components   (P11)   £3.00
plus £3 p+p if your total order value is less than £30.

The Standard Pack contains:

Worksheets and Teacher Notes in a spiral bound book (so they can be easily photocopied).

Enough Floor Walker Components to build 3 Floor Walkers.

The Class Pack contains:

Worksheets and Teacher Notes in a spiral bound book and on CD-ROM - so you can print as many copies as you need.

Enough Floor Walker Components to build 30 Floor Walkers.

The Additional Floor Walker Components pack contains the components to make 10 Floor Walkers.
It does not contain any Worksheets or Teacher Notes.

Note - this experiment is also included in the Science Club packs,  
and Fun with Forces Instant Science pack.

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Some assembly is required to make the Floor Walker. (It makes a great technology project for older pupils.)
In addition to the items supplied in the pack you will need to have an empty crisp tube, scissors, sticky tape and a tape measure.

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