Education Technology

Calculator Controlled Robots - Mission 7: E=mc2

Published on 06/13/2009

Activity Overview

In Albert Einstein's famous 1905 equation E=mc2, the speed of light, c, in miles per hour, is a very large number. If you square that number, the product is huge. Multiply that times a small amount of mass and the amount of energy produced is hard to imagine. The equation seems as far-fetched as Parallel Universes from Mission 5.

Before the Activity

Download the attached programs: Atomsplt.8xp, NeutronB.8xp and NeutronL.8xp or to write the programs see the PDF for programming instructions.

Purchase the Norland Calculator Robot at: www.smallrobot.com/scimath

During the Activity

Please see the attached PDF for more details for this activity.

After the Activity

Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary