List of Experiments

There are multiple ways to implement the construction of the experimental apparatus. Ways that have been used successfully are (i) construction of apparatus in the classroom, (ii) pre-cutting of parts outside of classroom and assembly of apparatus inside classroom, (iii) partnership with an industrial arts class, and (iv) involvement of the school’s maintenance staff with making of the apparatus. These are just a few of the ways that the construction part of the project can be managed – use your imagination!

      One Year Physical Science or Integrated Chemistry Physics (ICP) Course Outline

      There is a natural flow to the topics covered within a typical physical science class like ICP. Starting with the simplest ideas, students build a strong foundation of knowledge. The cumulative information covered in the modules below fall within the concepts of Mechanical Equilibrium and Conservation of Energy. Each experimental module introduces one or two ideas while reinforcing previous content, providing a scaffold for building scientific literacy. The manner in which the topics are covered provides an integrated approach to the STEM subjects rather than traditional individual silos. While the first set of experiments focuses on describing and quantifying motion there are two additional modules introducing students to the engineering design process utilized in many STEM career fields. These two lessons are key to the successful design, build, and completion of investigations throughout the proposed sequence of material.

      Spread throughout the Hardware Store Science curriculum specific mathematic principles, formulas, and theories are addressed as they arise during investigation analysis. This is done to illustrate the application of fundamental math principles as well as provide a backdrop for applying new principles from geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics when explaining and analyzing experimental data. A special focus throughout each lesson is providing real world application of each STEM subject within the context of future career based problem-solving exercises and activities. Once students have mastered principles of motion at the macroscopic level they transition to the microscopic properties of matter. This includes the study of chemical properties and interactions. They begin this process by investigating temperature and pressure influences on gas volume, and move into topics associated with accurately expressing chemical reactions, reactivity, and reaction rates. Battery chemistry provides students with a real-world application of where STEM fields converge as scientists and engineers explore ways of converting chemical energy into other forms of energy. Students then apply this knowledge to such challenges as using chemical processes to generate motion and electricity. This becomes a natural jumping off point for studying electrical circuits and components.

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