SOL: 6.2e; PS.6; PS.11
How is electricity created? Gain an understanding of how a flow of electrons is generated by copper atoms. Learn the difference between insulators and conductors, as well as series and parallel circuits. How does a battery work? Observe lightning right in your classroom with a Jacob’s Ladder! Using a Van de Graaff generator, experience static electricity as it travels right through your body! Watch a generator transform energy!
SOL: 6.2c-e; 6.5e; 6.8b-c; 6.9a-b; LS.11a,d,e
Take a trip to the future as we colonize Mars. Compare and contrast conditions of Mars and Earth! Determine what humans would need to survive on the Red Planet! Work in teams to build a model Martian colony! Would your outpost survive?
May the Force be with You
SOL: 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! Why do we need to wear seat belts? Observe what happens when the same force is applied to two different objects. Why does friction inhibit work? Design, build, and test roller coasters!
Mysteries of Flight
SOL: 6.6b; PS.10; PH.4; PH.5d, e
How do airplanes and rockets fly? Put Bernoulli’s principle to the test and discover the four forces of flight! Work in teams to demonstrate Newton’s Third Law of Motion! What can flight teach us about keeping race cars on the road?
SOL: PS.1a, n; PS.2c-f; PS.7a, b
Why is liquid nitrogen so important to NASA? Explore the effects of extreme temperature change on the different phases of matter! Create a cloud in your classroom! Can we freeze air? Discover what happens when metals get as cold as space!