Learning Labs


Moving With Newton

Explore Newton's three laws of motion with self-directed, hands-on activities, and use a near frictionless surface to understand the universal application of these laws.

About the lab

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $120
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Stability and change

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS 2: Motion and stability

Illinois Learning Standards

4: A, B; 6: A, B, C; 7: A, B, C; 10: B; 11: A, B; 12: C, D; 13: A, B

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Explore and collect data in order describe how Newton’s three laws of motion apply to several hands-on experiments.
  • Describe mass, acceleration and force.
  • Experiment, make observations and collect data leading them to conclude that Newton’s laws of motion apply to every object.
  • Be actively engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts/ideas/questions with peers and program coordinators.
  • Communicate with peers using terminology/vocabulary accurately.
  • Develop and test a hypothesis about what will occur during an experiment, demonstration or activity.