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Physics Lab

Any machine's big-picture success hinges on each individual piece of its physics puzzle.

Engineer air-propelled rockets using key tenets of physics such as mass, acceleration, and kinetic and potential energy. Launch rockets and measure distance using an altitude tracker.

Reserve This Program

Fill out our form to begin your reservation. Lab experiences last 45 minutes. Each session accommodates up to 30 individuals. Experiences are primarily offered during core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtual

  • Offered Monday–Friday
  • Requires a strong internet connection
  • $200 for first virtual lab; 10% each additional virtual lab of the same theme on the same day

In-Person

  • Primarily offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Hosted at your site; requires a classroom, library or other quiet setting
  • $250 for first in-person lab; 10% off each additional lab of the same theme on the same day

Requests for alternate days or times will be considered. Within 48 hours after you submit your request, an Education Outreach team member will contact you to discuss your proposed itinerary. Once everything is reviewed and set, the invoice will be sent.

Alignments

Check out how our program aligns to Florida Department of Education and Scout benchmarks:

  • K - 2

    This program is generally offered for 3 - 8 audiences. If you'd like to reserve it for younger participants, please contact the Education Outreach team and share your focused area of study so that we can tailor the experience based on your needs.

  • 3 - 5

    3rd Grade

    • SC.3.P.10.1: Identify some basic forms of energy such as light, heat, sound, electrical, and mechanical.
    • SC.3.10.2: Recognize that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.
    • SC.3.N.1.2: Compare the observations made by different groups using the same tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups. 

     

    4th Grade

    • SC.4.N.1.2: Compare the observations made by different groups using multiple tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.
    • SC.4.P.10.2: Investigate and describe that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.
    • SC.4.P.10.4: Describe how moving water and air are sources of energy and can be used to move things.

     

    5th Grade

    • SC.5.N.1.3: Recognize and explain the need for repeated experimental trials.
    • SC.5.P.13.1: Identify familiar forces that cause objects to move, such as pushes or pulls, including gravity acting on falling objects.
    • SC.5.P.13.2: Investigate and describe that the greater the force applied to it, the greater the change in motion of a given object.

     

  • 6 - 8

    6th Grade 

    • SC.6.P.13.1: Investigate and describe types of forces including contact forces and forces acting at a distance, such as electrical, magnetic, and gravitational.
    • SC.6.P.13.2: Explore the Law of Gravity by recognizing that every object exerts gravitational force on every other object and that the force depends on how much mass the objects have and how far apart they are.
    • SC.6.P.13.3: Investigate and describe that an unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed, or direction of motion, or both.

    7th Grade

    • SC.7.P.11.2: Investigate and describe the transformation of energy from one form to another.
    • SC.7.N.1.2: Differentiate replication (by others) from repetition (multiple trials).
    • SC.7.N.1.4: Identify test variables (independent variables) and outcome variables (dependent variables) in an experiment.

    8th Grade

    • SC.8.N.1.2: Design and conduct a study using repeated trials and replication.
    • SC.8.N.1.6: Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.
    • SC.8.N.4.2: Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.
  • 9 - 12
    This program is generally offered for 3 - 8 audiences. If you'd like to reserve it for high school level participants, please contact the Education Outreach team and share your focused area of study so that we can upscale the experience based on your needs.
  • Girl Scout Badges and Patches

    Think Like an Engineer Journey (Daisy, Brownie and Junior)

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More to Explore

Want to get more from your adventures?

Combine labs, demos and field trips to reinforce learning and fun.

  • Energy Matters – Start your flight here to understand the basics of matter and how they interact with each other which is a key foundation to studying the movement of matter.
  • Discover Your Universe Field Trip – All objects in our known universe are governed by physics including the astronomical phenomena our researchers study thanks to the Stocker AstroScience, home of the only research-grade telescope in South Florida.