Science & Nature
Fun Physical Science Experiments to Do at Home (Flex)
In this 12-week FLEX class students will have the opportunity to explore physics concepts, including motion, batteries, waves, electricity, pendulums, and forces, through fun and engaging experiments that they perform at their own pace.
95 total reviews for this teacher
No live meetings
Over 12 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per week
How does a “Flexible Schedule” 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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Introduction: Can you balance a pencil on your finger? Can you build a battery or a motor? Can you turn a cup of water upside-down and not spill it? In this class you will learn how to do these things and more! Description: In this Flex class, students will learn about a variety of physics topics and then perform easy-to-do experiments using materials found in their homes at their own pace. Each week students will watch a slide show, which explains the chemistry concept and provides...
Students will learn about Newton's Laws of Motion, the Bernoulli Principle, air pressure, waves, pendulums, batteries, and motors. They will learn how to make hypotheses and draw conclusions from data.
I have taught science for over 30 years including classes in chemistry, physical science, earth science, forensic science, and biology. I have a Master's Degree in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.
The recorded videos and worksheets will explain the experiments for students to perform. Students will do the experiments on their own time during the week and upload pictures, videos, or data to the Classroom in Outschool. Students will be expected to respond to posts and follow the directions on the worksheet to demonstrate participation in the class.
1 file available upon enrollmentSupply List: Week 1: Newton’s First Law of Motion 10 coins of the same type Paper Cardboard Golf ball or similar object Toilet paper roll (empty) Plastic cup Week 2: Newton’s Second Law of Motion Clothespin Pieces of dry spaghetti 2 objects of different masses – like blocks String Clay Toy car Stopwatch or clock with second hand Week 3: Newton’s Third Law of Motion Toilet tube roll Pencil Plastic spoon Tongue depressors Marshmallows or Cotton Balls 2 Rubberbands Balloons Plastic cup String or yarn Tape Straws that bend Scissors Rubberbands Emptywater bottle or cardboard Cardboard circles or bottle caps for wheels Pencils or wooden dowels Week 4: Centripetal Force Spinning Penny in balloon Cup on spinning plate Two cups taped together and ping pong balls pin and pencil Two objects hanging on a string in a straw Week 5: Make a Homopolar Motor AA battery Copper wire Several round neodymium magnets Week 6: Build a Battery Vinegar Salt Paper Pencil Scissors Alligator clips or wire Small hobby LED or voltmeter 2 lemons or potatoes 5 or 6 copper coins (pennies) 5 or 6 galvanized (zinc) washers Week 7: Bernoulli Effect 1-2 empty soda cans 2 mugs that soda cans fit into – preferably the same size as each other Paper Scissors Straw 2 Balloons String Tea light Week 8: All About Pressure Empty soda can Box of dixie bathroom cups – only one will get ruined Shallow bowl of ice water balloon Water bottle with cap Scissors or nail to make a hole in the water bottle Glass of water Note card big enough to cover the opening of the glass Week 9: Paperclip Pendulum Many paperclips of the same size A ziplock bag Pennies for weights String Clock or stopwatch Week 10: Making Waves Template of a cylinder shape – will be provided Scissors Rubberbands of different lengths and thicknesses Pencil Printout of Black and White Stripes – will be attached Shoebox Stiff Wire Corks Forks Bottle Toothpick Toy/object/clay to suspend from wire Week 11: Balancing Act Stiff Wire Corks Forks Bottle Toothpick Toy/object/clay to suspend from wire Week 12: Make an Electroscope Empty soda can or paper plate Plastic cup Tape Aluminum foil – thinner is better Scissors Balloon
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will not be a grade assigned unless a parent requests one. Students will be given feedback on their posts, pictures and videos.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
95 total reviews
104 completed classes
I have been a private school middle and high school science teacher for over 30 years. During that time, I taught classes in chemistry, engineering, earth science, life science, chemistry, forensic science, biology, and health. I enjoy teaching...