I have found that students learn best when they are doing hands on activities, or are able to "see" what we are talking about in class. Sometimes in science these concepts are either too big or too small to see on their own.
My students are curious, and for many of them this is their first true opportunity to "do science." I want to continue to foster this curiosity by giving them as many opportunities as possible to work with the things we are discussing.
Many of the concepts involved in physics occur in an "ideal world," while forces such as air resistance and friction occur in our real world setting. The idea that objects fall at the same rate regardless of mass is difficult to visualize due to air resistance that exists in our real world, so many students walk away with a misconception that heavier objects fall faster.
This is the second year that we are offering physics to our students.
Because of this, we are still building the program and need equipment and models to help our students visualize these difficult concepts. Having a vacuum pump and tube will allow students to see how acceleration due to gravity occurs without air resistance interfering. The introduction to gravity kit will allow the students to recreate parts of Galileo's experiments, and to "investigate alongside the expert during his discovery."
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