Open inquiry: String, Washers, and Paper Clips

Secondary School Science Teaching Methods

Adam Johnston & Sharon Ohlhorst


You have the following items at your disposal:


C  string

C  washers

C  paper clips

C  tape

C  a stop watch


What can you discover with these materials, possibly in combination with other items that you might have on hand?


Document your methods and discoveries in a notebook.  Be clear in expressing what questions you pursue, exactly how you pursue them, and what your answers might be.