Welcome to the Amusement Park

Welcome to the Amusement Park

Welcome to one of the most thrilling areas of Camp! Riding the roller coasters, flying in the sky swings, and the zooming down the water slide are all great ways we can learn about physics.

Physics is the science that explores matter and how matter interacts. Physicists work to discover and characterize the universal laws which govern matter, movement and forces, space and time, and other features of the natural world.

How fast will this go? Why does the ball bounce that way? How can you make a paper airplane fly farther? All of these questions can be answered with physics. Come see what Wonders you’ll find in the Wonder Amusement Park!

Maker Activity

Build a simple electric motor using just a few objects. Check out a video of this activity at http://www.scienceandmath.com/public/Build-a-Simple-Electric-Motor.cfm

What you'll need

  • New AA battery
  • Small piece of insulated wire
  • 2-3 inch metal screw
  • Strong magnet (neodymium)
  • Safety glasses

Hands On!

1

Attach the magnet to the flat end of screw.

2

Attach the magnet to the flat head of the screw. This will magnetize the entire screw. Then, attach the“minus” terminal of the battery to the tip of the screw.

3

Hold one end of the wire to the positive terminal of the battery with your finger. Touch the other end of the wire to the magnet.

Wonderuptions: What happens if you remove the magnet? What happens if you remove the battery? What happens if you don’t connect the wire to both points? Why do you think you need all of these components?

Why does that happen?

The electricity interacts with the magnetic field of the magnet producing a force that turns the entire assembly, thus creating a simple motor.

Physics

Recommended Books

Preschool - Age 8

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Ages 9 - 13

Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein by Marfe Ferguson Delano

The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Ages 14 and up

Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game by Allen St. John and Ainissa Ramirez