Electromagnetism 1: Magnetism, Electricity, Photons & Solar Power! (STEM)

Quantum Physics for Kids
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,191)
In this 4-session STEM/STEAM course, students explore magnetism, electricity, photons, solar energy and the amazing impact of quantum physics on our daily lives! (Physics and Engineering for Homeschool & Afterschool) #academic

Class Experience

US Grade 3 - 6
Learners will be introduced to quantum physics concepts, including atoms, subatomic particles (protons, neutrons, electrons), electromagnetism and photons. Students will also explore to the practical applications of quantum physics for modern life by exploring technologies for electricity generation through magnetic induction and solar cells. A detailed description of each session's learning goals are listed below:

Session 1, Magnetism & You
Students will learn about:
- Atoms and subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons)
- The cause of magnetism on the atomic level (electron spin)
- The Earth's magnetic field, how compasses work, animals that use the magnetic field to navigate
- Permanent magnets
- Electromagnets
- How electric motors work
- How maglev (magnetic levitation) devices work

Session 2, Magnetic Induction Electricity
Students will learn about:
- Atoms and subatomic particles (protons, neutrons and electrons)
- The discovery of electricity as a flow of electrical charge (via electrons)
- A key method of electricity generation: magnetic induction. Even with the growth of solar-generated electricity, magnetic induction still provides 90% of electricity worldwide.
- Various forms of magnetic induction electricity generation (such as coal, hydroelectric, nuclear and wind power), with an analysis of their respective strengths and weaknesses. 

Session 3, Photons & You
Students will learn about:
- Photons as tiny units of radiated electromagnetic energy
- How photons are released by atoms as electrons change energy levels
- The dual aspects of photons as both particle and wave
- How the sun emits photons that provide essential energy for earth's life forms
- The visible light spectrum
- The electromagnetic radiation spectrum, from large radio waves to tiny gamma waves

Session 4, Solar Energy and Solar-Powered Electricity
Students will learn about:
- The different types of solar energy (thermal energy, light energy)
- Inventions that utilize solar thermal energy 
- Inventions that utilize photovoltaic solar cells
- How silicon photovoltaic cells work on an atomic level
- The pros and cons of solar energy
- How inventors continue to develop new ways to utilize solar energy
We're dedicated to introducing young students to the amazing world of quantum physics, technological innovation and design! We've been offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes and creating educational materials for students of all ages for over 15 years. We're excited to share this course content with more students through Outschool. 
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
The instructor will assess learner progress during the class, through the in-class observational experiments and class discussions. We will not be administering tests (which tends to put a damper on enthusiasm), but instead will focus on creatively discussing the concepts learned in class.
Grades Offered
0The instructor will provide handouts, multimedia presentations and live demonstrations. 
Suggestions for optional supplemental materials are listed for each session, below. Similar materials may be substituted. 

Session 1: (Optional) Magnets, ruler, a compass, and small metal & non-metal objects gathered from the student's household (fridge magnets, etc). 
If you do not already have magnets available at home, here's an example of a magnet kit that can be purchased (please unwrap the magnets and bring to class): On Amazon, search for "4M Magnet Science Kit"

Session 2: (Optional) Emergency light or radio which uses a crank generator, from the student's household (if available)
If you would like to acquire one (optional), on Amazon, search for "educational crank generator."

Session 3: (Optional) Small prism from the student's household (if available)

Session 4: (Optional) Emergency solar energy USB charger or camping light that the student's family already has at home, and/or any solar-powered toys or items (if available)

Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,191)
We're excited to support your child in exploring quantum physics, science and inventions! Our classes are designed to get kids excited about physics and its impact on our lives, while supporting students in developing critical thinking skills. Our... 
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weekly or $72 for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
50 min

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(73)
Completed by 526 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 8-12
4-10 learners per class

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