Easily immerse students in hands-on physics lessons as they interact with STEM principles in action! They collaborate in groups to balance a hanging scale, experimenting through trial and error to discover the right combination of colorful weighted beanbags to keep it level! To begin, place the 2 StudyScale frames in an open area with 2 hanging 12"L arms and assign 1 group of students to each frame. Then have students place beanbags on both ends of their hanging scale and observe the results. Did the scale balance? Why? Next, blend learning with math by investigating different weight combinations—like two 50 g beanbags on one end and one 100 g bag on the other.
For more advanced trials, slide the beanbags up and down the arms and apply critical thinking to the effects on leverage and balance. With mastery over the 2-sided scale, add the remaining 2 arms to each frame and challenge students to balance a 4-sided scale using previous learnings to determine correct distance from the fulcrum. Durable ABS frames withstand routine use yet are lightweight for easy mobility. Included lesson direction provides 3 hands-on investigations and questions to encourage abstract thought. Lesson direction is adaptable to grade ranges K-4 and 5-8. Recommended for Elementary and up.
- Study Scale Frames (21½"L x 21½"W x 37"H; 11 lb), 2 Ea
- Red Beanbags (4" sq, 50 g), 4 Ea
- Orange Beanbags (4½" sq, 100 g), 4 Ea
- Green Beanbags (5" sq, 200 g), 4 Ea
- Blue Beanbags (6" sq, 500 g), 4 Ea
- Lesson Direction