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Quantum Frontiers: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Antimatter and Particle Physics!

Quantum Physics for Kids
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,243)
Explore exciting frontiers of quantum physics including dark matter, dark energy, antimatter and the Standard Model of Particle Physics in this engaging STEM / STEAM course! (Homeschool / Afterschool) #academic

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 6
4 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Dark Matter
Dark Matter is a substance thought to account for roughly 85% of the matter in the universe. We'll explore the astrophysical observations that led scientists to propose the existence of Dark Matter. Dark matter is called "dark" because it does not appear to interact with the electromagnetic field - it does not absorb or reflect light, and does not appear to interact with known matter except through gravity.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Dark Energy
Dark Energy is a speculative form of energy that may effect the universe on the largest scales. The first observational evidence for its existence came from supernovae measurements, which showed that the universe does not expand at a constant rate; rather, the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating. Since the 1990s, dark energy has been the most accepted premise to account for the accelerated expansion.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
The Standard Model of Particle Physics
Session 3 explores additional subatomic particles beyond the electron, neutron and proton, including quarks, bosons and neutrinos, introducing students to the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. We'll discuss how protons are neutrons are made of smaller particles (quarks), and the various types of quarks. We'll also explore emerging theories about additional subatomic particles that may be waiting to be discovered.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
What is Antimatter?
Is Anti-matter real, or the stuff of science fiction? Anti-matter is actually REAL, and is composed of subatomic particles that have the opposite electrical charge of regular subatomic particles. Each type of subatomic particle has an anti-equivalent, such as anti-electrons (called positrons) and anti-protons. First proposed in 1928 by Paul Dirac, anti-particles are being produced and studied at the large Hadron Collider operated by CERN.
In Session 1, students will learn about:
- Observational evidence of Dark Matter
- Current scientific theories about Dark Matter
- Research experiments attempting to detect Dark Matter

In Session 2, students will learn about:
- Observational evidence of Dark Energy
- Current scientific theories about Dark Energy

In Session 3, students will learn about:
- Additional subatomic elementary particles beyond the proton, neutron and electron, including quarks, bosons and neutrinos
- The Standard Model of Elementary Particles, the theoretical framework used by modern quantum physicists

In Session 4, students will learn about:
- Theories of anti-matter and anti-particles
- Current research and production of anti-matter at large particle accelerators
- Possible uses of anti-matter, such as warp speed space travel
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
No homework is assigned, but students will be given resources for further exploration.
Assessments Offered
Learner progress will be assessed through in-class discussion and a fun, end-of-class quiz.
Grades Offered
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(1,243)
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

Completed by 656 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-12
4-12 learners per class

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