Events & Programs

Science On Wheels – Physics On Wheels

It’s not magic; it’s physics! Physics On Wheels will generate excitement for electricity, resonate interest in sound waves, use lenses to enlighten and more!


 

Assembly

This show pops with exciting and amazing demonstrations! Explore the properties of a mystery liquid (liquid nitrogen) and be shocked and amazed by a Van de Graff generator. Focus on physics as lids mysteriously pop off cans and hairdos become electrified!

Requirements:

  • A stage or performance area
  • One large table for presenter(s)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to sound system, if available

 

Exhibits

Explore amazing phenomena, from magnetism to magnification and from pendulums to periscopes. Can you overcome the strength of an electric magnet? Watt does it take to make an electrical circuit? Physics has it all: light, sound, electricity, and motion! Exhibits in English and Spanish.

Requirements:

  • 8-10 large tables (no chairs)
  • Access to electricity
  • Depending on package, adult volunteers may be required to facilitate exhibits

 

Workshops

45-minute hands-on lessons are taught in your classrooms. Each educator can choose a topic from the list below for the appropriate grade level.

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard recommended
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Each workshop can be taught only once during each time block even if it is listed for two different age groups
  • Workshop specific requirements are noted in each description

Grades K-2

The Force: Can a magnet stick to a rock? Be surprised by the attractive force of magnetism! Discover the mysterious properties of magnets through exploration.

Good Vibrations: Dive into the wonderful world of sound with tuning forks, musical instruments and more. Investigate how people make and hear sounds. This workshop can get quite loud.

Leaping Lenses: Predict and observe which objects bounce light and which bend light by exploring with our unique kits. Watch a laser beam reflect and refract! Discover many places mirrors and lenses can be found. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

The Light Frontier: What is light? Discover the characteristics of light firsthand through exploration. Learn how to change light, discover different types of light and investigate the world of color! Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Grades 3-5

See-Saw Savvy: Discover which everyday objects are really levers in disguise. Build lever systems and experiment with this simple machine.

Charged Up: What is electricity and how does it travel? Where does electricity come from? Learn about circuits and generators firsthand by designing electric circuits and generating electricity to power lights.

Good Vibrations: Dive into the wonderful world of sound with tuning forks, musical instruments and more. Investigate differences in pitch, volume and frequency and explore the ear and its ability to hear. This workshop can get quite loud.

Refraction Action: Observe the behavior of laser light as it interacts with different materials to understand reflection and refraction. Discover and discern between convex and concave lenses through exploration and sorting activities. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Grades 5-8

Electric Magnets: How are electricity and magnetism related? Find out by generating electricity with magnets and using electricity to make magnets. This workshop may be taught to a 4th grade class with previous electric circuit experience.

Refraction Action: Observe the behavior of laser light as it interacts with different materials to understand reflection and refraction. Discover and discern between convex and concave lenses through exploration and sorting activities. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Pulley Power: Learn to lift heavy objects with ease. Design and explore pulley systems to find out how and why this simple machine makes work so much easier. Document camera highly recommended. Students will work in groups of three.

Questions? Review our Science On Wheels – Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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