Grade 8 Transforming Energy - Next Gen Science Unit


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In Unit 8 Transforming Energy, students explore the relationship between magnetism and electricity by investigating how animals navigate using Earth’s magnetic field.

  • Students use a model to explore the size of a magnetic field and then carry out an investigation to evaluate how the amount of potential energy stored in a system of repelling magnets can change depending on the position and configuration of the magnets.
  • Students build simple electric motors using permanent magnets and electromagnets and then test the factors that affect how fast the motor spins.
  • Students design and build a vertical-axis wind turbine that generates a specific amount of electrical energy in low and high wind speeds.

Focus standards: MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5, MS-PS3-2, MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4

Supporting standard: MS-PS3-5

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