All of YMCA Camp Cherokee’s Environmental Education classes are adjustable to your students’ needs. We have hands on activities for students who are just beginning school to those entering high school. Read below to find out more!



Goal: Students will demonstrate and explain how a bow and arrow work together to exemplify Newtons Laws of Motion.  

  • Students will construct explanations for the forward momentum of the arrow and the downward pull of gravity using observation (2.P.4A.3).
  • Students will observe and investigate the effect of friction on the arrow as it travels through the air and hits the target (P.4A.4).
  • Students will hypothesize and define problems related to the effects of friction and design possible solutions to reduce the effects of friction on the motion of the arrow (P.4A.5).
  • Students will analyze and interpret the different bows and arrow to describe how a change of force, mass, or friction affects the motion of the arrow (P.5A.4).
  • Students will use the bow and arrow to demonstrate the conservation of energy as it is transformed from kinetic to potential and vice versa (6.P.3A.2).

  • Kinetic Energy
  • Potential Energy
  • Force
  • Motion
  • Gravity
  • Friction
  • Velocity
  • Mass
  • Oscillation
  • Arrows
  • Bows

  • Students will demonstrate and explain kinetic and potential Energy while using the bow to shoot an arrow.
  • Students will explain what friction the arrow encounters as it moves through the air.
  • Students will learn how to safely shoot a bow and arrow.
  • Students will explain how archery relates to Newton’s Laws of Motion.
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