Friction Kit

The friction kit is suitable for Key stages 2-6  and shows students the effects of using different surfaces and materials in classroom experiments.  

Kits are rented on a termly basis and can be hired for up to 6 weeks. Only 2 kits per school at any time.

Explore friction with these fun activities:

1. The frictional effects of different surfaces

  • Using masses
  • Using different weight blocks
  • Using forcemeters
  • At different heights

2. The frictional effects of water

3. The frictional effects of air

  • Does shape affect friction?
  • Using Spinners
  • Using a vacuum

4. Modelling lungs

  • The effect of lubricant

The Kit Contains:

10 wooden blocks  

10 wooden tracks (held by 3 black straps + 2 bungees)  

10 force meters 0 – 2.5N  

5 bags of 50 x 2p coins (355g)  

10 plastic beakers  

1 Vacuum pump + tube + valved stopper  

1 tray  

10 bags of 10 marbles 

 2 round lids  

1 large diameter plastic cylinder 

 2 small diameter plastic cylinders + base stand 

 1 Teachers’ Notes booklet 

 

 Additional materials required for gravity investigations but not included in the kit: 

  • Plasticine
  • Stopwatches
  • Cake cases
  • Newspaper
  • Penny 
  • Feather

 

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