Planning the Playground
How can we use what we know about forces and gravity to create a fun and safe playground?
Students will use their knowledge of forces to survey a playground. They must identify how gravity, forces, and simple machines have been combined to create a play experience that is safe and is calibrated to the expected force applied by a primary student.
They must then create a new piece of playground equipment, applying their knowledge of gravity, forces, and simple machines, that children will love!
Analyse existing equipment. Students will explore different examples of playground equipment (swings, seesaws, slides) to investigate how the combination of gravity, forces, and simple machines create a safe play experience
Ideate new equipment. Students will look at examples of machines and equipment used outside a playground which combine forces, gravity, and simple machines – like catapults and rock-climbing pulleys – to help them develop ideas for how to create an innovative new piece of playground equipment