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THE FANTASTIC FORCES

Suitable for Grades 3-6

Why does static electricity make your hair stand up? What is sound energy? What is the link between magnets and electricity? It’s all about forces as we explore sound, electricity and simple machines in this visit to the Explore Science Zone. Join our Science Communicator as they play with a Van Der Graaff generator, demonstrate the power of a pickle, and turn a balloon into a fireball! Then, follow us on a trip into the Science Gallery to explore pulleys, gravity, and go for a zoom around the Race Track.

Curriculum Connections:

  • A force is a push or a pull that can attract or repel objects.
  • Some forces can act at a distance (e.g., gravitational, magnetic, electrostatic) and move certain objects without touching them directly.
  • Gravitational, magnetic, and electrostatic forces interact with objects and living things in predictable ways.
  • Sound is a form of energy produced by vibrations and experienced in a variety of forms in all aspects of daily life.
  • Sound travels in waves in all directions from its source and has specific properties, such as pitch, loudness, and the ability to travel through, be absorbed by, or be reflected by some material objects.
  • The ear acts to receive and process sound waves within a range that is characteristic to the organism; there are potentially harmful effects from excessive exposure to high intensity sounds produced by human-designed technologies.
  • Interactions between sound and various materials can change its properties. Understanding these interactions enables the design of materials and devices that use or emit sound for a specific purpose.
  • Electrical energy can be transformed into new forms of energy such as motion, sound, light, or heat.
  • Electrical circuits provide a way of moving energy from one place to another and transforming it into new forms of energy.
  • Energy from different sources can be used to generate electricity. Electrical energy plays a significant role in society, and its production has an impact on the environment.

Email [email protected] or call 204-988-0626 for more information and to discuss options for your class, group, or family.

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