The Buoyancy Challenge!

**Lesson Plan Attachments
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__The Buoyance Challenge! Lesson Plan__

Students will be introduced to the concepts of
mass, volume, density and buoyancy. As students begin
to understand the fundamental relationships of these
four concepts, they will be asked to predict the
density of a number of common objects and if they will
float or sink in water. Students will complete the
lesson by writing a report in Word that incorporates a
spreadsheet and explains why certain objects float
while other objects sink.

- "Handout: Calculating the Force of Gravity"
- "Worksheet: Manually Calculating the Force of Gravity" (Word)
- "Sample: Buoyancy Workbook" (Excel)
- "Template: Buoyancy Workbook" (Excel)
- "Handout: Measuring the Mass and Weight of Objects"
- "Worksheet: Measuring the Mass and Weight of Objects" (Word)
- "Handout: The Metric System"
- "Handout: Measuring the Volume of Liquids"
- "Worksheet: Manually Calculating Density" (Word)
- "Handout: Calculating Density"
- "Worksheet: Manually Calculating the Volume, Mass, and Density of Regularly Shaped Solid Objects" (Word)
- "Handout: Measuring and Calculating the Volume, Mass, and Density of Regularly Shaped Solid Objects"
- "Worksheet: Measuring and Calculating the Volume, Mass, and Density of Irregularly Shaped Solid Objects" (Word)
- "Handout: Measuring and Calculating the Volume, Mass, and Density of Irregularly Shaped Solid Objects"
- "Handout: Buoyancy"
- "Handout: Buoyancy Challenge"
- "Handout: Final Report"
- "Final Report Rubric"
- "Step Sheet: Creating a Data Table and Accompanying Charts in Excel"
- "Step Sheet: Creating a Formula in Excel"

**On-line Resources
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- NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators

You can access a wide range of resources on space travel and related concepts through this portal for educators. - NASA Education Home Page

This related NASA site provides numerous resources and links. - Google

Google is a very useful search engine. Use the Advanced Search field to enter search strings related to this lesson, e.g., "density of liquid". You will obtain a number of strong results that can be the basis of exploration and study. - Bigchalk Library

Features several pages on various objects and why they float or sink.