Physical Science

Read Good Books!: Egg Drop Challenge | KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

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KIDS Clubhouse Adventures kids read and discover more about inventions. They are inspired to invent a structure that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped. They choose the materials, work as a team and have a lot of fun!

Curious George: Fan and Blow

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Investigate how wind (air) can move things using the video excerpt from Curious George: Muddy Monkey. In the video, George learns that bubbles are created when air moves through a wand, causing soap to expand into a bubble. In the accompanying lesson plan, children use their breath to explore how “wind” moves objects across a surface. They test and retest to answer the question: How many breaths does it take to move an object across a space?

This resource is part of the Curious George STEM Collection.

Bouncing Balls | Sesame Street

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Do you want to do an experiment with Elmo and Abby? Test out how high a ball will bounce based on the height it's dropped from. This resource teaches STEM curriculum.

Simple Machines | Science Trek

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A simple machine has few or no moving parts, but because of them, humans have been able to create the wonders of the world: the pyramids, computers, even your jar of peanut butter. Learn more about the six types of simple machines; lever, pulley, wheel and axel, inclined plane, wedge and screw, and how they make work easier.

Soaring | Outdoor Nevada

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In this episode host John Burke soars over the Carson Valley in a sailplane.

Gravity and Acceleration | Light Falls

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In 1907, an idea suddenly dawned on Einstein -- if a man falls from the roof of a house, he would not feel his own weight. What Einstein had realized is that there is a direct interplay between acceleration and gravity. Explore this interplay with this video from Light Falls and the associated classroom activity from the World Science Festival.

For more on Light Falls, see the Educator's Guide in the Support Materials section of this resource.

Unit 5, Segment A: Introduction to Electricity | Physics in Motion

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We introduce electricity with overviews of current and static electricity. We discuss electricity's place among the fundamental forces of the universe and discuss how it influences our daily lives.

Animal Adaptations: Polar Bear Paws

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Polar bear cubs learn how to walk through snow and over ice in this video from NATURESnow Bears.” In the accompanying classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design a slip stopper, mimicking the adult polar bear adaptation of footpads that prevent sliding on ice. Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary.

Science Museum Field Trip

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Science is all about discovery! At the Miami Science Museum, Penny and the KidVision VPK kids find out how to mix colors with their own shadows, learn how levers work on a giant swing, compare a real Bald Eagle to a Screech Owl, and much more.

Let's Discover: Sink or Float | Sesame Street

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Investigate with Elmo and Abby and learn why items sink or float! This resource teaches STEM skills.

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