Physics AT HOME Experience Kit
Item # 97-2040
This curated selection of 17 engaging tools follows a tried-and-true sequence of physics fundamentals including force and motion, pressure, gas laws, light and optics, electricity, and magnetism. The Physics AT HOME Experience Kit is designed with students in mind as a supplement to hybrid or distance-learning with instructional guides to accompany each tool in the kit. The instructional guides introduce simple activities and learning goals but leave room to adapt to your student’s curriculum encouraging open-ended discussion and further hands-on exploration.
- Balancing Bird – Force in 1 Dimension – At first glance, the bird seems like it should fall backwards instead of maintaining its flying position, but upon further inspection, the Balancing Bird is a prime example of static equilibrium.
- SpillNot – Force in 2 Dimensions – Suppose a cup with its liquid contents is to be carried on the SpillNot rather than directly by the cup’s handle. The SpillNot’s handle is a flexible strap, which is above and directly in line with the cup’s center of mass.
- Balloon Helicopter Kit – Force in 3 Dimensions – The balloon helicopter is a classic toy with a simple design. The physics that explains its motion, though, can be difficult to explain. Students will observe the motion of the helicopter and study its construction before applying Newton’s 3rd Law twice to explain how it moves.
- Dropper Popper – Energy and Motion – The Dropper Popper is a lesson in energy storage and conservation. You store energy by inverting it with your hands and release it by letting gravity do its thing.
- Hand Boiler – Energy and Motion – The thermal energy given off as body heat raises the temperature of the gas in the chamber. The increased temperature causes gas molecules to move faster, thereby increasing the pressure in the closed system.
- Atmospheric Pressure Cups – Energy and Motion – The cups are held together by atmospheric pressure, which is approximately 15 pounds per square inch. A quick calculation leads to a total pressure of over 100 lbs. on each cup (assuming the air was completely evacuated from between the two cups).
- Cartesian Diver – Energy and Motion–These Cartesian Divers were designed with just enough weight to bring it very close to the point of sinking, but not quite. But as soon as outside pressure is exerted, the air inside compresses, the volume of the air decreases, and more water is pushed into the pipette. The diver becomes too dense to remain buoyant and it sinks.
- Sound Pipe – Energy and Motion – When you twirl the Sound Pipe, the outer end moves faster than the end in your hand. Bernoulli's principle states that the faster you twirl the Sound Pipe, the greater the pressure differential will form, increasing the speed of air moving through the tube.
- Pressure Pumper and Strip Thermometer – Energy and Motion - An increase in pressure will lead to an increase in temperature as energy is converted from one (mechanical) to another (heat).
- Music Box Mechanism – Energy and Motion – Sound travels as a longitudinal wave through matter. Sound waves are a result of mechanical energy from a vibrating mass changing the pressure of the medium the sound is traveling through.
- UV Beads – Electromagnetic Radiation and Light – UV Beads contain a molecule that changes shape when energy from UV light excites it. The chemical changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light and will fade back to white without UV exposure.
- Rainbow Glasses – Electromagnetic Radiation and Light – White light, made up of many different wavelengths, is split up into its spectrum. Diffraction gratings create a prism effect often with more visible clarity than a real prism and are often used to measure wavelengths and to study the structure and intensity of spectrum lines.
- 3D Mirascope Illusion Maker – Electromagnetic Radiation and Light – Two types of images exist in nature: real and virtual. A real image is one in which light rays actually come from the image, and a virtual image seems to come from within and optical system.
- Energy Ball – Electricity and Magnetism – The Energy ball demonstrates circuit fundamentals. It utilizes a field-effect transistor so even the slightest conduction between the two electrodes activates the Sphere.
- Revolution – Electricity and Magnetism – The Revolution serves as a great entry into magnetic fields. With carefully placed magnet pairs, the Revolution hovers in mid-air. Gently twist the end of the Revolution to set it spinning.
- World’s Simplest Motor – Electricity and Magnetism – Use the World’s Simplest Motor to study electricity and magnetism. Show energy conversions. Show how electricity creates magnetic fields and how it is used to create motion.
- Magnaprobe - This gimbal-mounted bar magnet is an easily manipulated, high-sensitivity indicator for studying three-dimensional magnetic fields. It can be used to trace the magnetic field of a permanent magnet or the induced magnetic field from a current moving through a wire.
Products being sold are not toys. They are for Educational / Labratory use only. They are not for use by children 12 and under.
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