Create a car powered by a spring.
With a little creativity, the potential energy stored in a common badge retractor can run a fun little vehicle. Take this idea and run with it!
Curriculum topics: Motion, Momentum, Friction, Simple Machines, Springs
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 20 8" Bamboo sk..
A clever way to demonstrate the transfer between potential energy and kinetic energy
A rolling can returns to its starting point on its own!? The Rollback Can provides an interesting example of energy transfer and storage.
Curriculum topics: Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Energy Conservatio..
Use math to design roller coasters
What does math have to do with thrilling roller coaster rides? How high does a coaster need to be to successfully navigate through a loop and on to the end of the track? How is the speed of the coaster related to the height of the coaster’s starting position? Ex..
The string's the thing
Use colored string and simple cardboard shapes to create artistic designs based on intriguing mathematical patterns. Every pattern has infinite possibilities! String art is fun for all ages - to fix a mistake or try a new approach, just unwind the string!
Two activities in one!
Skewer a coil of magnet wire to create a simple spinning motor and create opposing magnetic fields using a coil of magnet wire and a ring magnet.The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy - the energy of motion.
Curriculum topics: Electricity, Magnetism, El..
Make a telescope like the one Galileo designed!
See how convex and concave lenses can be combined to magnify far-away objects.
Curriculum topics: Lights, Optics, Refraction, Astronomy
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 10 plastic pipe caps, 10 convex lenses, 10 concave lenses, 10 cardboard tubes, an..
A renewable energy device
Explore heating and "cooking" with sunlight using an easy to make mini solar collector. Use a pointer to align the cooker with the sun's position - then remove the pointer to let in the light.
Curriculum topics: Solar Heating, Radiant Energy, Apparent Motion of the Su..
Shake things up with the power of the Sun
Create and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements, explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".
Curriculum topics: Solar Energy, Energy, Conversions, Vibration, Electrical Circuits
An easily made and powered version of the first electric motor!
This unique adaptation of the first static motor lets students create spinning motion using only hand generated static electric charges. The design can be easily modified for experimentation.
Curriculum topics: static electricity,..
Quanityfing the richness of life
Everything that lives in an ecosystem, including humans, contributes to the biodiversity of the planet. Many species interact and depend upon one another for things like food, shelter, and oxygen. Students learn how to measure biodiversity in terms of species rich..
Superabsorbent-polymer in bead form
These tiny beads can soak up and hold over 100 times their weight in water! Each bead maintains its spherical shape and color. Observe how the beads absorb water over time. Create a fun illusion using the optical properties of the beads.
Curriculum topics: M..
Get wound up with wind power!
Use this enhanced pinwheel to measure the mechanical energy that can be obtained from moving air. Make the pinwheel spin by holding the device while walking or by using the "wind" from a fan. Take data - including measuring how much time is required for the device to..