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Physics Summer classes for kids

  1. Jun 22, 2013 #1
    I am looking for any ideas to do for demos or fun physics demos to do with kids for a summer camp. I need ten lessons in total and I would like to involve the kids with activities as much as possible. kids are from about 6 to 14 and classes are 30 to 45 mins and i get two 1.5 hr demos.

    Some ideas that I have already thought about:

    1)A paper airplane building contest. Teach them about drag, lift, forces ect. whoever builds the best airplane that goes the farthest wins ( we will be throwing them off a balcony )

    2)electricity : we have a pencil that has a battery attached to it and make a sound depending on how far you are from the start of the circuit that you made with the pencil. also may have a vandergraph generator there as well . i plan on giving the pencil away at the end :)

    3)we have a air hover cart that you can sit on and show Newton's laws. throw a heavy ball while sitting on it ect...

    4)show how the seasons work: shine a flash light on a piece of paper with the two perpendicular to eachother and trace the outline that the light makes. tilt the piece of paper then trace the bigger area and explain. same amount of light over bigger area. maybe at the same time show how the phases of the moon work with the light and holding a ping pong ball on a spinning chair and looking at the ball (moon) while spinning in the chair.

    5)we might have a bottle rocket already made that i might use. explain pressure and maybe explain vacuum's with boiling a pop can with a little water in the bottom then crushing it by putting it upside-down in water. and also the card on a cup trick where the water doesn't fall out

    Any other ideas would be appreciated
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2013
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  3. Jun 22, 2013 #2
    You ought to send a message to WannabeNewton. He's a brilliant youngster who hangs out in Special and General Relativity. He would probably know some good methods to teach physics to young people.
  4. Jun 22, 2013 #3
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