Lesson 2 - 4

Exploring energy transfers and transformations

Lesson Overview

Exploring energy transfers and transformations

Throughout this lesson series students will be exploring different types of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed. A variety of resources will be used including videos, demonstrations and student investigations. The Rube Goldberg machine will be used to identify energy transfers and transformations.

ACS Codes

ACSHE135 ACSSU155

Lesson Objectives

Students will:

  • Explore energy transfers and transformations.
  • Distinguish between energy transfers and transformations.

Evidence of Learning

Can the student:

  • Identify an energy interaction as either a transfer or a transformation.

Example Learning Sequence

  • Explore machines (videos).
  • Revisit machine videos and identify instances of transferring energy and transforming energy.
  • Search for other more complex examples of Rube Goldberg machines.
  • Choose one and identify as many energy transfers and transformations as possible.