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Newton's Laws DemonstrationsAdd to list Details
In this collection of demonstrations, learners explore Newton's Laws of Motion.
Don't Crack Humpty
Groups of learners are provided with a generic car base and an egg. Their mission: design a device/enclosure to protect the egg on or in the car as it rolls down a ramp with increasing slopes.
Pencil DropAdd to list Details
In this demonstration, learners observe as a bottle is placed on a table with wooden hoop balanced on top and a pencil balanced on top of the hoop.
Super SpinnerAdd to list Details
In this activity (page 1 of PDF under SciGirls Activity: Pet Handedness), learners will construct a simple spinning top out of a circle of construction paper, a film canister lid, and a bamboo skewer.
Perform this classic inertia demonstration to illustrate the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy.
Become a Master of Inertia
In this activity, learners explore inertia as they attempt to whip a strip of paper out from under two coins dangling on the rim of a water glass.
Jar RacesAdd to list Details
In this physics activity, learners will gain a better understanding of how friction, inertia, and mass affect objects.
Testing Falling Peanut Butter Sandwich MythAdd to list Details
In this activity related to rotational inertia (page 1 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Microgravity), learners will use a bit of scientific experimenting to test if open-faced peanut butter sandwi
In this activity, learners work in teams to investigate the relationship between mass, acceleration, and force as described in Newton's second law of motion.
Mid-Air Maneuver: Skateboard ScienceAdd to list Details
To understand how skaters turn in midair, try this little experiment! Individuals can do this activity alone, but it works better with a partner.
Pendulum SnakeAdd to list Details
In this physics activity, learners assemble and/or investigate a pendulum "snake." Several large steel hex-nuts are suspended on strings of successively increasing length to form a series of pendulums
Chain Reaction IIAdd to list Details
In this hands-on activity, learners use an assortment of (mainly household) items to complete Rube Goldberg-type challenges.
Speed, Eggs and Slam!Add to list Details
In this fun hands-on activity, learners create a safety device to protect an egg "passenger" in a toy car crash. Learners experiment with different solutions to this very problem.
Eggs at Rest Stay at RestAdd to list Details
This is an activity about inertia, Newton's First Law of Motion. Learners will discover how an egg at rest, or any object at rest, stays that way.
Loony BalloonsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners investigate how changing the center of gravity of a balloon affects how it travels. Learners fill a balloon with a little bit of water and insert into an empty balloon.
Wilberforce PendulumAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners build a Wilberforce Pendulum, a special coupled pendulum in which energy is transferred between two modes of vibration, longitudinal ("bounce') and torsional ("twist"), on a
Dollar Bill GrabAdd to list Details
In this demonstration, learners observe as two cola bottles and a dollar bill are arranged in a specific order: one bottle, upside down and filled with water, is placed on top of another bottle, with
Two-String Yo-YoAdd to list Details
Learners build a yo-yo using a piece of wood, PVC pipe, and string. In doing so, learners explore the force of gravity and angular momentum.
Propeller-Powered CarAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners construct cars that are powered by hand-made, electric propellers.
So Many PartsAdd to list Details
In this online Flash game and spacewalk mission simulation, learners are challenged to repair parts of a space station while balancing their oxygen and fuel use carefully.