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Physical World – Forces

Below are links to Science Learning Hub resources for primary teachers related to forces in the Physical World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum. They are grouped by collection (contexts and science stories).

These articles, teaching and learning ideas and Sci Media resources explore science ideas about forces.

Context: Flight

Flight – Context

How birds fly – Science Ideas and Concepts

Principles of flight – Science Ideas and Concepts

Wing aspect ratio – Science Ideas and Concepts

Wing loading – Science Ideas and Concepts

Wings and lift – Science Ideas and Concepts

Gliders and kites – Looking Closer Article

Aerofoils and paper planes – Student Activity

Kites – Student Activity

Making a glider – Student Activity

Forces affecting flight – Image

Wings for flight – Interactive

Context: Future Fuels

What is energy? – Science Ideas and Concepts

Context: Gases and Plasmas

Atmospheric pressure – Student Activity

Context: Rockets

Unit plan: Rockets teaching sequence

Rockets – Context

Lift-off – Science Ideas and Concepts

Rocket aerodynamics – Science Ideas and Concepts

Rockets and mass – Science Ideas and Concepts

Rockets and thrust – Science Ideas and Concepts

Calculating rocket acceleration – Looking Closer Article

Getting rockets into space – Looking Closer Article

Balloon car challenge – Student Activity

Effervescent canister rockets – Student Activity

Launch simulator challenge – Student Activity

Water bottle rockets – Student Activity

Skateboard forces – Image

Rocket launch simulation – Interactive

Context: Satellites

Gravity and satellite motion – Science Ideas and Concepts

Launching satellites – Looking Closer Article

Alternative conceptions about gravity – Teacher Resource

Context: Sporting Edge

Measuring the power output of elite athletes – Student Activity

I’m looking at how we can reduce pressure drag with different position and using different types of helmets and also reduce the skin friction drag by using different skinsuits.

Lindsay Underwood

Science story: Cycling Aerodynamics

Cycling Aerodynamics – Science Story

Causes of aerodynamic drag – Science Ideas and Concepts

Forces and speed – Science Ideas and Concepts

Faster bikes – Looking Closer Article

Individual pursuit graphs – Student Activity

Investigating airflow over shapes – Student Activity

On your bikes – Student Activity

An aerodynamic bike – Image

Forces on a tyre – Image

Aerodynamics and drag – Video

Testing aerodynamics of elite cyclists – Video

The wind tunnel – Video

What is rolling resistance? – Video