ElectricitySOL: 6.2e, PS.6, PS.11
Students will observe and identify the transformation of electrical energy into other forms of energy, including heat, light and mechanical. They will identify a battery as a source of chemical potential energy. Students will compare and contrast series and parallel circuits. The Van de Graaff generator will be used to show students how electrostatic charges will be generated, and how such force attracts or repels objects. Additionally, they will discover how a generator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Mars ColonySOL: 6.2c-e, 6.5e, 6.8b-c, 6.9a-b, LS.11a,d,e
Identify, compare and contrast conditions and needs on the red planet and Earth. Acting as long duration explorers, students work in cooperative teams to plan for their outpost’s survival. Consideration must be given to meeting social structure needs, power supply, physical demands for food, water and warmth as well as exploration.
May the Force be With YouSOL: Science 6.1e-f, 6.2, PS.6a, PS.10a-b, PH.5d, e, g, PH.6a, PH.7
Experiment with forces to observe Newton’s Laws of Motion in action. Find out why we wear seat belts. Apply equal force to objects of different mass and observe the difference in their motion. Experiment with the force of friction to discover how it resists movement as we do work. Teams of students will design, build, and test roller coasters to demonstrate their knowledge of energy, friction, inertia, acceleration and gravity.
Mysteries of FlightSOL: Science 6.6b, PS.10, PH.4, PH.5d, e
Students will participate in interactive demonstrations on the physics of flying. Teams will put Bernoulli’s principle to the test and discover that higher velocity air creates lower pressure areas and has the capability to move objects. They will investigate the four forces of flight and have fun developing ideas about gravity (and weight), lift, thrust and drag. Teams will demonstrate Newton’s third law of motion (action-reaction) to each other, and discuss how airplanes and rockets fly.
Space FreezeSOL: 6.1e, j, PS.1a, n, PS.2c-f, PS.7a, b
Students will predict and observe physical changes (volume) as the state of matter changes when temperature is decreased or increased, with related changes in molecular motion. They will learn the temperature for nitrogen phase change between liquid and gaseous states, and that this physical property is characteristic for nitrogen. Students will compare and contrast the boiling point of nitrogen on the Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales.