FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Energy

The Energy Module provides first-hand experiences in physical science dealing with energy and change. Students investigate electricity and magnetism as related effects and engage in engineering design while learning useful applications of electromagnetism in everyday life. They explore energy transfer through waves, repeating patterns of motion, that result in sound and motion.

The five investigations focus on the concepts that energy is present whenever there is motion, electric current, sound, light, or heat, and that energy can transfer from one place to other. Students conduct controlled experiments by incrementally changing variables to determine how to make an electromagnet stronger and how the amount of energy transfer changes when balls of different masses hit a stationary object. Students interpret data from graphs to build explanations from evidence and make predictions of future events. They develop models to represent how energy moves from place to place in electric circuits and in waves. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; and energy and matter.

For a description of each investigation in ENERGY and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the ENERGY Module Overview PDF.

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