This Physics toolkit is designed for an introduction to some basic physics concepts. Key concepts include force and motion, surface tension and density, gravity and air resistance, kinetic and potential energy. All activities are hands-on and have youth building and constructing experiments to try out these concepts. Curriculum comes from National 4-H, and includes both Science Fun with Physics Curriculum (Shop 4H website) and the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment, “Motion Commotion.”

Video: National Youth Science Day 2015 Motion Commotion Instructional Video

Included in this kit are:

  • four eyedroppers
  • twenty-five Plastic Cups
  • pennies
  • four jars with identical mouth openings
  • red and blue food color
  • index cards
  • four aluminum trays
  • facial tissues
  • large plastic garbage bag
  • lightweight string
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • yardstick
  • straight plastic drinking straws
  • rulers
  • empty metal can or paper cylinder with lid
  • twist ties or pipe cleaners, 3” length
  • large rubber bands
  • nex nuts, ¾” (inside diameter)
  • paper clips
  • styrofoam meat tray
  • compass (to draw circles)
  • straight pins
  • bendable drinking straws
  • balloons
  • two toy cars
  • Motion Commotion facilitator guide and youth books
  • modeling clay
  • rubber ramp

Materials NOT Included in this kit are:

  • water
  • paper towels
  • eggs
  • pencils
  • paper
  • books and collision objects (borrow from school)