Explore magnets and magnetism
Magnetism is a fascinating phenomenon for students. This simple yet effective activity provides a practical method for teaching students how to find and label the magnetic poles on a magnet, identify magnetic materials, understand the difference between geographic an..
For Testing Structures Built in Earthquake Country
Building in earthquake country can be a tricky business. Architects and engineers run simulations using models and shake tables to test the integrity of buildings and determine necessary reinforcements. In this activity, students use a very simpl..
Explore magnetic attraction and repulsion.
A variety of scientific and gravity "defying" demonstrations can be done by combining pill and ring magnets in unique ways to create a multipurpose demo unit.
Curriculum topics: Magnetism, Symmetry, Conservation of Momentum, Modeling, Problem Solving ..
Propel a straw “rocket” through the air
Hypothesize, experiment, collect data and analyze forces and motion with a straw “rocket” and an easily made launcher. The stronger the force, the farther and higher the rocket flies!
Curriculum topics: Forces, Motion, Gravity, Newton's Law
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..
Explore the fun of energy conversion
Enjoy the hands-on experience of building and using the Roller Racer, a modern variation of an old favorite. Explore the application of simple machines and energy conversion and investigate how changes in stored energy can affect performance.
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..