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Physics Demonstrations For Kids

Kids enjoy Physics Demonstrations

While many of these physics demonstrations can easily be done by older students, young children may need adult help.

Fermilabyrinth
Come explore the science and technology of Fermilab by playing games that are online versions of the Quarks to Quasars exhibits.

How Things Work
Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Physics, The University of Virginia, will answer your questions about the world of physics. He also has a large resource of previously asked questions.

InventorsToolbox: The Elements of Machines
These devices were all in common use for centuries before Leonardo’s time. Each one makes work easier to do by providing some trade-off between the force applied and the distance over which the force is applied.

Marvelous Machines
This is a series of experiments about simple machines: levers, wheels and inclined planes. This unit was designed for use in the third grade.

Succeed in Physical Science
The purpose of these free online lessons is to give you a start at improving your scientific knowledge. The material combines physics and chemistry fundamentals in a way that will allow you to excel in future science studies and even become a scientific champion.

Atomic Structure

ABC’s of Nuclear Science
Take a look at Antimatter, Beta rays, Cosmic connection and much more. Visit here and learn about radioactivity – alpha, beta and gamma decay. Find out the difference between fission and fusion. Learn about the structure of the atomic nucleus. Learn how elements on the earth were produced.

Animated Molecules
Robyn Rindge (Class of ’98) drew these rotating molecules using Infini-D (MetaCreations). Stills of each animated GIF file are shown. Click on a picture to link to a page with the downloadable GIF file and a short discussion of the molecule.

Mirror Molecules
Some molecules come in mirror-image pairs … a right-handed one and a left-handed one. Smithsonian site intended for students 5th grade and up with adult supervision.

The Particle Adventure
An award-winning site that introduces the theory of fundamental particles and forces, called the Standard Model. For teens.

Applying Physics

Amateur Radiation Detection and Experimentation Page
Make your own geiger counter. Check for radiation in your home and neighborhood.

Amusement Park Physics
Amusement park rides use physics laws to simulate danger, while the rides themselves are typically very safe.

Experiment with friction
Vollis Simpson is an artist who creates kinetic sculptures and whirligigs. He uses bearings in all of his spinning pieces so that they move smoothly. The experiment on this site is a nice introduction to friction and bearings.

Geodesic Gumdrops
See how strong a structure you can build using toothpicks and gumdrops or minimarshmellows.

Homeschool Science Geek – Physics
I have a PhD in Physics and was a physics professor when my first kid was born. For the last 8 years or so I have been teaching science classes in my home for small groups of homeschoolers and I plan on sharing what we do in these classes on this website.

Make Your Own Pinwheel
Print out, color, and assemble a delightful, working pinwheel to blow in the wind.

Make Your Own Lava Lamp
If you’re a going to attempt to make your own lamp, we have all the formulas here. First I should say that the experience can be fun but it is not neccessarily cheap. As a matter of fact, just buying a new lamp is probably cheaper.


Mini-Mini Golf Courses
Our fourth grade class designed and built mini-mini golf courses as part of our Inventions exhibit. We investigated the physics of miniature golf and experimented with mechanics and simple machines.

Strange Matter
A great way for you and your family to have fun while you explore leading-edge materials science. Highly animated and interactive. You’ll love it!

Structures Around the World
Build bridges and skyscrapers, well, small versions, using materials found around the house. From the Exploratorium.

Television Production
A free, comprehensive on-line cybertext in studio and field production. After taking this course, apply to your local community cable television studio. Often they will hire teen volunteers.

Classes

HyperPhysics
An exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation.

Motion Mountain
A free physics textbook online. The book is written to be entertaining, surprising and challenging on every page. With little mathematics, the text explores the most fascinating parts of mechanics, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, electrodynamics, quantum theory and modern attempts at unification.

The Physics Classroom
Study physics along with Glenbrook South High School’s physics class.

Physics Classroom
Learn basic physics concepts and review them in the Physics Tutorial. Is physics difficult for you to visualize? Do you need to see it to understand it? Hone your skills by graphing problems, recognizing forces, identifying vector magnitude and direction, and practice vector addition.

Physics Teaching Technology Resource
Engages students from middle school to college in the process of physics using over 200 videos of real-life physics experiments. You will gather information from the each video and answer some questions about what you observed. (Found in Science Magazine.)

Demonstrations

Physics Project “Bernoulli’s Principle” Hi-Def

Crocodile Physics
Mac & Win. In December 2008, we released three new Yenka modelling products to replace Crocodile Physics. They work seamlessly together – sharing one user interface, in just the same way as Crocodile Physics did. Free home license!

Exploratorium Science Snacks
These pages are full of Snacks…but they’re not the kind you eat. They’re the kind you can learn from and have fun with. Most involve physics.


The Falling Chimney
When a chimney falls, it is known to break at a certain point before it hits the ground. The complete details of the theory, and of our experiments with toy models.

Foucault Pendulum
If you start a Foucault Pendulum swinging in one direction, after a few hours you will notice that it is swinging in a quite different direction. How does this happen?

How a Boy Scout makes fire without matches
Five things are necessary to produce a rubbing-stick fire: a drill or spindle, a fire-block or hearth, a hand-socket, a bow, and tinder. A demostration of heat generated by friction.

Little Shop of Physics
Real time online experiments you can do right now.


“Naked
by Steve Spangler
Read Inside
From the creator of the mentos soda geyser–the viral video sensation–comes a collection of outrageously entertaining science experiments and cool tricks guaranteed to get ooohs and ahhhs!
Author, celebrity teacher and science guy Steve Spangler teaches you how to transform the ordinary into the amazing as you make everyday items ooze, bubble, fizz, and pop! Make people wonder . . . How did you do that?

Newton’s Laws of Motion
Understanding the forces behind objects at rest and objects in motion.

Physics Experiments with the Slinky
Watch wave forms with your toy slinky while you listen to the “Slinky” songWords to the Slinky songBuy a Slinky!

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