Sound: Participants gain experience with properties
of sound waves and their expression in everyday life.
Light: Light boxes and pinhole cameras are used to
discuss the behavior of light, images and shadows,
reflections and optical illusion.
Color and Vision: Physiology of the eye, perception,
vision-correcting lenses, rainbows and effects of
color mixing are demonstrated.
Electricity: Static charges, electrical fields,
conductors and insulators, and basic circuits are
investigated with hands-on activities.
Magnetism: Effects of various magnets and
magnetic fields and some relationships to electricity
are made tangible.
Matter and Its Changes: Observable properties of
matter, its physical states and models to explain the
nature of matter are explored.
Energy and Heat: Addresses basic relationships
between matter and energy and ways to illustrate the
laws of thermodynamics in daily life.
Measurement: Considers the origins of
measurement systems, importance of basic and
derived measurements and their applications.
Forces and Motion: Time, space, velocity,
inertia and acceleration are introduced with
student-involving activities and devices to take
Simple Machines: The how and why of simple
machines leads to a study of forces, work and power.
Forces in Fluids: See how air and water respond to
forces, share Bernoulli’s insight and discover how a
Astronomy: Perspectives on the sun, the seasons,
our local planetary system and the stars challenge
students to engage in activities related to time, space