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Hands-on Physics

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Little Shop of Physics

The Little Shop of Physics at Colorado State is not horrific at all. It contains 60 experiments which use hand-on materials and computers. Students can explore their "blind spot", for instance.

Soda Can Steam Engine

Janet Hoekenga shows hot to build a simple steam engine, known as a aeolipile or Heron's engine, using nothing more than a soda can, a needle and some string. While simple and quick to build, it can be used to demonstrate and discuss phase changes, energy conversion, Newton's third law of motion and the history of steam engines.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yzZuIw25TU
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Engineering is Elementary

Developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, this site provides age appropriate engineering curriculum for grades 1 thru 8. Includes units like Designing Windmills to Aid Drop Packages to Prosthetic Fish Tails.

Build a Putt Putt/Pop Pop Steam Boat

A true hand-on physics project appropriate for older, 6-8 grade kids.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZF0mjruAxM
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Science4Fun

Science4Fun from Abdul Wahab Malik in Pakistan includes an extensive section on simple Physics explanations. In addition, there a number of easy-to-do physics experiments in the Science Experiments section.

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Simple Machines

Kathi Mitchell has indexed a number of simple machine web sites, with separate sections for students (including hands-on activities) and teachers (lesson plans & resources).

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Two cans and a string

A string phone can be used to demonstrate critical concepts of physics.

How To Make A Magnetic Compass

This video shows a simple way to create a compass. A great classroom demonstration project.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNzbRSkILLo
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Fear of Physics

Even without prior study, some students harbor a "Fear" of Physics. This site can dispel some confusion anyway, such as why satellites don't fall to the earth and how seesaws work.

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PhysicsQuest

PhysicsQuest is a story-based activity that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments.

The site includes information on past quests.

The Difference Between Mass and Weight

Using a car to show the difference between mass and weight.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z0X0yE8Ioc

When Water Flows Uphill

In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer of its own vapor. The physicists at the University of Bath used this effect to create new and fun means to manipulate the movement of water.

Would make a great high school science project.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzKgnNGqxMw
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World Year of Physics 2005

During 2005, the American Physical Society coordinated many projects designed to increase interest in physics and awareness of its importance in our world. Some of these projects were specific to WYP 2005, but others have become annual projects.

Nothing helps comprehension like working with concepts in the real world.

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