Discover and explore the physics in your everyday life and your own movements. Record a video of you or your friends - or any form of motion - tap points along the way to trace a path of motion, and discover the motion, forces, and energy involved!

Playground Physics

Educators can make Newton’s Laws of motion come alive.  Ideal for middle and high school school science classrooms, Playground Physics and accompanying curriculum activities are aligned to and embody the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by integrating core ideas, scientific practices, cross-cutting concepts, and delight!

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3.7 Energy: Swinging Higher
August 17th, 2016

3.7 — Energy: Swinging Higher App Features Note that the Playground Physics app is not required for this…

Grade(s): 6-8
3.6 Energy: Odd One Out (Optional)
August 17th, 2016

3.6 — Energy: Odd One Out (Optional) App Features Note that the Playground Physics app is not required…

Grade(s): 6-8
3.5 Energy: Four Corners (Optional)
August 17th, 2016

3.5 — Energy: Four Corners (Optional) App Features The Playground Physics app is not required for this lesson….

Grade(s): 6-8
3.0 Energy: Background Content and Teacher Information
August 17th, 2016

3.0 — Energy: Background Content and Teacher Information Content Information There are many different kinds of energy. When…

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Accurate scaling
May 11th, 2016

In 3 of the Noticing Tools – Playground Physics, Size Wise and Volumize – you are prompted to…

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Expanding the Scope of Playground Physics, Part 2
March 13th, 2016

After learning about the concepts of force & motion with the Playground Physics app & curricula, I continue…

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Using a prop to determine the size (caliper function) element of Playground Physics
March 13th, 2016

When a video is captured for the Playground Physics app, to assist with the accuracy of data collection,…

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Grouping Students with Playground Physics
March 13th, 2016

When considering group size for the Playground Physics app, I recommend a minimum of three students to a maximum…

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