Interactive Labs in Middle School Science at the Academy of Math and Science

Middle School Science Teacher Mrs. Mattecheck at the Academies of Math & Science talks about the importance of interactive hand-on labs in her curriculum. The excitement her scholars have for learning interactive labs in middle school science creates a passion for science.


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What has been really happy moments for me so far teaching at AMS has been when our students come in my class, and they will see that “Lab Day” has written on the board. They get so excited; they’re pumped to do a lab that’s something hands-on. And that makes me super happy because I’m super pumped to do it because we’re sharing in this passion for science which is really nice.


My name is Nichole Mattecheck and I teach Middle School Science at AMS Flower.


My 6th graders just started a new unit on force in motion, so we’ve learned about Newton’s three laws about force. They’re learning about how things like friction and gravity affect force, so today, we did a lab where they blew up balloons and they taped them to a straw and then they threaded that straw through a string. Then they released the balloon, and they were seeing how the force, the fuel that they put in the balloons, air, affected the motion of the balloon going down the string. We started with normal string and then they did fishing line, which would produce less friction. Then they got to see how that changes the rate at which the balloon goes. Finally, they played with the idea of mass and how mass and weight can affect how the rate at which the balloon will go down the string. There were many different ways to incorporate it and at the end of the lab, they all presented their hypothesis, was it accepted or rejected? Evaluating results with Newton’s Laws that were at play and what they observed during this experiment.

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