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Science & Nature

Cartoon Physics (FLEX)

Let's explore physics in a fun and interesting way - through cartoons!
Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
650 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 36 learners
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No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

We will be covering the very basics of these concepts to lay a foundation for more complicated Physics studies later on.  I want to make the class fun and enaging for the kids so they can connect to the concepts in a variety of ways- auditory, visual, hands-on, and laughter.  The FLEX format of this class allows young learners to take their time and really digest the material while also enjoying the cartoons.
When I was a kid, science was one of my least favorite subjects, but as an adult, it is one of my absolute favorites.  I especially love Physics because it combines science and math.  Having a son really honed my love of physics as we started testing ALL of the laws of physics... sometimes on purpose, but sometimes purely by accident.
2 weekly experiments will be given to reinforce the lessons learned, plus additional resources with further experiments for the kids to try.
Week 1: Experiment 1 - 1 paper towel cardboard tube or 2 toilet paper tubes taped together 5 rubber bands (#14 size) 2 pencils 1 jumbo paperclip masking tape scissors ruler single-hole punch or something to make a large hole corrugated cardboard cut into circles or 2 large bottle caps like from gatorade bottles 2 old CD's **You can substitute any of the circles as needed as long as there are 2 of the same size for the front and 2 the same for the back Experiment 2 - a small container (small ramekin, bowl, or cup) clear liquid hand soap warm water food coloring (optional, but makes it look cooler) lemon baking soda Week 2: Experiment 1 - Lego cars, but remove the wheels. Have the wheels handy to re-attach. several round cylinder-like objects like crayons or markers. Experiment 2 - a plastic spoon a styrofoam bowl 4-6 popsicle sticks tape marshmallows or other small soft objects Week 3: Experiment 1 - a block a cup a measuring cup of water a balloon Experiment 2 - Empty water bottle (preferably clear) Vegetable oil water food coloring Alka-Seltzer tablets Week 4: Experiment 1 - 2-liter bottle (empty) Cork that fits securely into bottle opening 3 flat dowels (unsharpened pencils work in a bind) strong tape water 2-3 Alka-Seltzer tablets Experiment 2 - 4-6 Eggshells heavy flat objects like very heavy books Week 5: Experiment 1 - a variety of toy cars - different shapes, sizes, and weights something to act as a ramp Different texture flat things to put on ramp (think sandpaper or those rubbery bottle opener things) Experiment 2 - a box lid or metal pan with high sides a piece of paper that fits into the above tempera paint or watered down acrylic 1-5 marbles Week 6: Experiment 1 - WARNING! we are doing an egg drop. It could get really messy. 1 raw egg (or more as needed) String plastic grocer bag or sandwich bag **other objects to experiment with creating a parachute, like cardboard, paper, plastic cups, etc. Experiment 2 - Wide straw Regular straw Strong tape (small piece) paperclips Rocket printout provided with lecture video post Week 7: Experiment 1 - 2 paper cups a LONG piece of string, like fishing line a needle scissors a parent, sibling, friend or other person (this is a 2 person experiment) Experiment 2 - A large bowl plastic wrap a large rubber band that will fit around the bowl rice, beans, or other small objects Week 8: Experiment 1 - Small dowel or stick String Paperclips Scissors Tape Strong magnets (Use either neodymium magnets .5 inch or bigger or ceramic magnets .75 inch or larger. Regular craft magnets won’t work.) Metal ruler (or wooden ruler with tape) Blocks, books, or other material for stacking Experiment 2 - 1 empty Soda Can Insulation Tape 1 Styrofoam Cup Aluminium Foil Scissors 1 balloon
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Karmen Paterson, B.S. Ag & Environmental Science
Lives in the United States
Educator, Mom, Creative Mastermind
650 total reviews
544 completed classes

About Me

Hi friends!

My name is Karmen Paterson and I am an online educator in art, graphic design, and early science. I have an Associate's of Art in Graphic Design, and Associates of Science in Economics, and a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural... 
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