Classroom Activity

Finding the Center of Gravity Using Plumb Lines
 
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 3-4


The center of gravity is the average location where mass and weight are distributed throughout an object. In this activity, students use string and a paper clip weight as a plumb line to find the center of gravity of their paper model airplane. Students also learn about balance and stability.

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This activity is part of the Exploring the Extreme Educator Guide.