Pushing and pulling across a bridge

Pushing and pulling across a bridge
Publication Date: January, 2013
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This online resource introduces Foundation Year students to forces.

The resource is a Scootle resource in the from of an interactive challenge which requires students to make decisions about the force needed to move a range of animals across a bridge.

It explores pushes and pulls as forces that can move an object that is at rest.

Additional Information

This resource represents forces in terms of 'monkey-power' and asks students to use monkeys to push or pull a cart carrying animals. It provides feedback, with scaffolding, for correct and incorrect student choices. Students can choose from three levels of difficulty. This interactive supports learning about pushes and pulls as forces that can move an object. Visuals and verbal instructions are clearly presented. A ‘View’ button leads directly to the challenge while a ‘Details’ button provides useful teacher curriculum support.

Scootle is a program developed by Education Services Australia and is freely available to Australian educators. Use of the site's resources requires logging in via your local education network or by registering directly with the Scootle website.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year Foundation > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and... > ACSSU005