The Kennedy Center: Balancing Mobiles

How do balancing forces relate to the engineering and design of a mobile?

In this 6-8 lesson, students will apply mathematical, science, and engineering concepts to experiment with balancing levers. They will learn to classify types of levers to design and build a simplified mobile. Students will explore suspended and standing mobiles by sculptor Alexander Calder and engage in class discussions about the effectiveness of his work.


Physics
Middle School

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