Bounce, Balance and Play

Grades 3 – 6

Sports and Physics: Test your balancing skills while you discover how balance is related to sports. Observe the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Investigate the shape and composition of various balls to see what makes them bounce, fly or roll as far as they do. Make predictions, conduct trial experiments and collect data
 on the elasticity of various balls.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 3.1b,c, Unit 3/NYS 5.1c,d, Grade 5 – Unit 1/NYS S1.1, 1.3, 2.3, Unit 3/NYS LE5.3b, Grade 6 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 4.1d,e.

 

Microbes and Microscopes

Grades 3 – 5

Microbiology: Learn how to use 
a microscope to investigate the fascinating world of microorganisms. Prepare slides to observe and analyze the shapes, colors, and sizes of various live microbes and how they move and feed. Take home your own magnifying lens to conduct your own magnification investigations!

Grade 3 and 5 – NYC Unit 4, Grade 4 – NYC Unit 1/NYS LE 6.1.

 

The Eyes Have It

Grades 3 – 7

Human Eye and Illusions: Experiment with various optical illusions and learn how the brain can deceive
the eye. Conduct investigations on depth perception, use color filters to make 3D glasses and create your own optical illusion toy.

Grade 3 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1, 4.2, Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1, Grade 6 – NYC Unit 3/NYS PS 4.1, Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS 4.1, 4.4.

 

Push, Pull, Yank and Crank

Grades 4 – 8

Simple Machines: Define force, weight and work. Experiment with simple machines such as levers, pulleys, and wheels to determine the qualitative and quantitative relationship between force and work.

Grade 5 – Unit 1, Grade 6 – NYC Unit 1/NYS PS 4.1-5.2, Grade 8 – Unit 2/NYS PS5.1.

 

Color My World

Grades 4 – 8

Light and Color: Examine the mysteries of color and light by investigating the visible spectrum, color-absorption, and reflection. Observe objects under unique monochromatic color filters and discover how colors can be blocked to create secret messages. Make and take home a device that utilizes diffraction grating lens to observe the spectrum.

Grade 4 – NYC Unit 2, Grade 5 – NYC Unit 1/NYS S1.1, 2.1-2.3, Grade 7 – NYC Unit 2/NYS PS4

 
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