Unit 6.4 - Protect Your Cell Phone: Forces and Motion

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Unit Challenge Question: How can we design a case that protects a cell phone from breaking?

The materials and videos provided at the link are an “on ramp” to help teachers implement this unit in classrooms. Together, these resources provide condensed information about the unit as well as essential background content.

In this unit, students are challenged to solve a common problem - how to protect a cell phone from being damaged during everyday use? Throughout the unit, students use hands-on experiences and systems modeling to explore properties of force and motion, while planning and carrying out fair investigations for their cell phone case designs.


This unit has been reviewed by the NextGenScience (formerly Achieve) Science Peer Review Panel and has been identified as a quality example of NGSS design. See the EQuIP Review Report on this page.

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