Physical Science

We have Physical Science program options that are appropriate for a range of grades from Pre-K-7th grade. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish. To find out more or to book a program, click the inquire button below. Be sure to include in your email the date, time, and program you are interested as well as the location you would like it to take place.

 
 

All About Air

1st-4th

Students investigate the properties of air using balls, balloons, bags and even a hair dryer! Participants will learn that air takes up space, has weight and exerts pressure. Includes a discussion of Bernoulli’s Principle and flying objects!

 

Crime Lab

3rd-5th

Working in teams participants investigate a crime scene using techniques of fingerprinting, chromatography and various clues. The goal is to solve the crime of the missing Madagascar hissing roaches. An exciting and challenging experience. All materials are included.

 

Electricity & Magnets

3rd-6th

Electricity comes alive in demonstrations using a Van de Graaff generator and Tesla coil. Students discover the basics of electricity and magnetism through hands-on experiments. Concepts are reinforced as they make an electrical circuit project to take home.

 

Floating

1st-5th

Why do ships float? Density and buoyancy come alive with demonstrations and hands-on activities using a water tank. Students experiment with different solids and liquids for a concrete understanding of density. Cartesian diver supplies are provided for take home project. (Children/teachers should bring empty water bottles for home Cartesian divers.)

 

Force and Friction

3rd-6th

Students will gain an enduring understanding of the concepts of force, motion, and friction through a series of hands-on activities. They will participate in hypothesis formulation, data collecting and problem solving while utilizing concepts of push/pull, momentum, conservation and transference of energy. Each child will create a spinner to take home that illustrates these ideas. (Two (2) adult volunteers are needed to help in the classroom.)

 

Gravity and Balance

4th-6th

Center of Gravity and Center of Balance are tested using hands-on activities with ramps, feathers, and each other. Learn about Newton’s and Galileo’s theories. Defy gravity by balancing 9 nails on 1. Students construct their own balancing craft to take home.

 

In the Mind’s Eye - Optics

4th-7th

Students learn how our eyes perceive light. Experiments show how light can be reflected, refracted and filtered through lenses, prisms and spectrometers. Students make a thaumatrope to take home.

 

Physics of Toys

1st-3rd

Experience physics in action through hands-on activities and demonstrations using familiar and old-fashioned toys. Students experiment with the forces of gravity and inertia by observing and manipulating materials, forming and testing their own hypothesis. An understanding of conservation of energy along with kinetic and potential energy is achieved when students make their own toy to take home.

 

Simple Machines: Duplo in Action

Pre-K-2nd

Using age appropriate kits, students will build various simple machines. Participants make a craft using the machines built with Lego Dacta kits. (Two (2) adult volunteers are needed to help in classroom.)

 

Simple Machines: LEGO Engineering

3rd-5th

Levers, pulleys and simple machines come to life when students build them. Working through a series of models using LEGO Dacta Technics Kits, students engage in manipulating materials, interpreting data, observing and predicting.