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Fun with Flatware: Little Experiments to Try at the Dinner Table


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    Colorado State University

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Fun with Flatware: Little Experiments to Try at the Dinner Table

This is a series of three quick science activities to do with a spoon, knife, and fork. In the first two activities, learners use the flatware to explore optics, mirrors, reflection, and distortion. In the third activity, learners use the flatware to explore sound and vibration. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Knife
  • Fork (stainless steel or silver)
  • Spoon
  • Wooden table
  • Bowl
  • Water glass with no ice (optional)
  • Soup spoons (optional)

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Reflection and Refraction
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Music

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Little Shop of Physics, ©2009

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