The Physics of Twisting for Kids: Newton's Third Law of Motion. The physics of twisting is taught in college-level mechanic courses, but as Albert Einstein said, if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. In preparation for Olympics, I thought it would be fun to do a couple of hands-on activities that demonstrate the concept of twisting to my little kids in a simple way.
Here is an interesting project for kids that explores both electricity and magnetism – build a simple electromagnetic train! This intriguing video has been making it’s way around Facebook… it’s a simple electric “train” made out of coiled copper wire and a train car comprised of a battery with magnets on both ends. It was …
Build your own Rube Goldberg Machine™! Use this great list of task ideas to choose the type of machine you want to build, gather some of the materials on our big list and make your own machine. Super fun learning opportunities throughout the whole process. Click to get the lists.
If you haven’t made and tested electromagnets with your students before, you are in for a treat! In this file, I include a general student recording sheet to account for many variations in how you choose to complete the investigation as well as recommendations for the teacher.