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Investigating Energy: A Middle School Physics Course

It's time to put energy to work and see what it can do!
Ian Nelson
2491 total reviews for this teacher
44 reviews for this class
Completed by 212 learners
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year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 18 weeks
50 minutes per class

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I'm a mechanical engineer who loves physics. I enjoy breaking down complex topics and making them understandable. I also happen to believe that middle school students are among the coolest on the face of the planet. 
The teacher will provide guidance for each challenge. This course pulls heavily from ideas found in Ruth Kassinger's books "Build a Better Mousetrap" and "Reinvent the Wheel." I highly recommend both books as a part of a learner's library but they are not required for the course. All invention challenges can be completed using supplies readily available at home. You can also find supplies at most grocery stores and hardware stores. No invention challenge should require more than $5 worth of supplies. If you have trouble locating particular supplies, let me know and I'm happy to help. Students should have access to a digital camera to document their projects in process.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
A considerable portion of class time involves students sharing their previous week's project and explaining the physics concepts at work. For the richest experience possible, please help your student schedule time to complete the weekly design challenge.


Ian Nelson
Lives in the United States
Engineer Extraordinaire and Facilitator of Ian Genuity's Engineering Adventures
2491 total reviews
2315 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
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