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4-H Science Toolkits - Physics

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This 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” (PDF) and the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment, “Motion Commotion.”

Link to 2015 4-H NYSD Motion Commotion Instructional Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3idZLemTqkI

Included in this kit are:

  • 4 Eye droppers
  • 25 Plastic Cups
  • Pennies
  • 4 jars with identical mouth openings
  • Red and blue food color
  • Index cards
  • 4 Aluminum trays
  • Facial tissues
  • Large plastic garbage bag
  • Lightweight string
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yard Stick
  • Straight plastic drinking straws
  • Rulers
  • Empty metal can or paper cylinder with lid
  • Twist ties or pipe cleaners, 3” length
  • Large rubber bands
  • Hex nuts, 3/4” (inside diameter)
  • Paper clips
  • Styrofoam meat tray
  • Compass (to draw circles)
  • Straight pins
  • Bendable drinking straws
  • Balloons
  • 2 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)


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