Rube Goldberg Machines
Roller Coaster Design and Building
Bridge Design and Building
Physics - the study of forces, motion and the laws that explain it all.
Students will experiment with Newton's laws of motion in both traditional hands-on lab activities and with the latest technology based activities designed to give students a good foundation for future studies in physics and engineering. Students will select a project from the "project pages" to research, design, build, test, and document. If time permits, they may do more than one project.
Newton's Laws of Motion - Don't forget to "do the math"!!
Simple Machines (Museum of Science and Industry Chicago)
Challenging Physics Games - try these "games" when all of your other work is done. They will require you to
build up skill but mostly they will make you think.
Test your ingenuity - try these design engineering challenges. Be sure to include your best designs in your website portfolio.
click for calculator
I was told there would be no math!!
Use Newton's Laws to meet these challenges:
These activities have been discontiued but we're hoping they will return someday.
Project Checklists can be found on the "Project Pages"
Physics Formative PRE-Assessments
These assessments will check your prior knowlege. They will not be graded but should give you an idea of which areas of Physics you should spend the most time on.
Background and Activities
This is a complete list of all background activties for Physics. Click on the PROJECT PAGES on the right for the specific actvities that would be the most helpful for each project.
Introduction - a good place to start
Force and Motion
Simple Machines interactive (COSI) - complete all three parts.
Inclined Plane Lab
Design and Engineering
Before hammering out activites from the left, check out the specific projects for those activites that would best prepare you for each project.
Bridges - a musical journey to the world's most amazing bridges
Rube Goldberg Inventions - some pretty amazing RG machines
Paper Roller Coaster
Assessments - it's time to take a test! Get the assessment password from your teacher.
All assessments for this unit/module must be completed before beginning the next moduule. Assessments should be taken in science class.
This year your summative assessment will be your final project and your 5 best Gizmo scores.
Wheel and Axle Lab