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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: 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:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models
  • Stability and change

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS 2: Motion and stability

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.