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Exploring Potential Energy

Exploring Potential Energy | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered how height and weight can affect potential energy? With this project, you can explore the relationship between potential and kinetic energy and see how it works in action.


The hypothesis is that height and weight can affect potential energy.

Method & Materials

You will lift objects, push them off a table, and measure the distance they travel. You will also attach weights to a pail and observe the effect.
You will need weights, wooden blocks, a tennis ball, rubber bands, nails, empty spools, a meter stick, a hammer, wooden matches, string, a flat empty can, paper clips, a ruler with a center groove, a large rock, scotch tape, scissors, pebbles, buttons, and books of various widths.


This project shows that height and weight can affect potential energy. The experiment with the spool was particularly interesting, as it showed how energy can be stored overnight.

Why do this project?

This science project is unique because it allows students to explore the relationship between potential and kinetic energy in a hands-on way.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include using different weights and heights, and experimenting with different materials.

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