• Strategy: Developing STEM Practices & Mindset
  • Skill: Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning
  • Time: 60 Minutes

Sink or Float

Learn about the science process, classifying objects, and observe the behavior of objects by testing whether items sink or float.


In this activity, youth learn about the science process, classifying objects, and the stable behavior of objects by testing whether items sink or float.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Be able to classify objects based on their behaviors.
  • Be able to identify that there is consistency in the way items behave over time.
  • Be able to use the science processes of making predictions, testing, retesting, and┬ácommunicating results.

Materials:

  • Plastic and metal spoons
  • Plastic bottles with/without lids
  • Bathtub toys
  • Ping Pong Balls; solid rubber balls
  • Plastic cup
  • Fishing bobber
  • Rubber duck
  • Paper towels
  • Piece of wood
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Sponges
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic bins (one for each group of youth)
  • Copies of Sink or Float worksheet (1 per group of youth)