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Moving With Newton

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

About the lab

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Capacity: 16 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 and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS2.A: Forces and Motion

PS2.B: Types of interactions

PS2.C: Stability and instability in physical systems 

PS3.C: Relationship between energy and forces

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Explore and collect data in order to 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.
  • Actively engage 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.