Foucault’s pendulum

Students will observe Foucault’s pendulum to observe the rotation of the Earth around its axis.

Cognitive domain (processes)
to think critically and creatively: Foucault’s pendulum is an innovative experiment for his time. It is an excellent exhibit in order to inspire students to adopt alternative ways of thinking.

Cognitive domain (knowledge)
conceptual knowledge: Students know movements and fundamental concepts of Physics such as circular motion and the principle of conservation of energy.

to respond and participate: Students are involved in a process of challenging and controlling the events they observe. They are encouraged to imagine alternative interpretations of these phenomena in order to explain them.

to adapt and perform creatively: Students learn to use PDA devices and conduct small but accurate measurements using the exhibit. They learn to use their measurements to draw conclusions.