Physics for Kids
The Physics for Kids Community Partner is involved in the Carnegie Science Center's SciTech Days. The goal of SciTech Days is to expose students to the growing areas of science in Pittsburgh.
Each of our volunteers designs an interactive experiment for middle school students, accompanied by a handout to teach the physics lesson behind the experiment. We then reserve a booth for the SciTech days, where we show the students our experiments and get them excited about science, while simultaneously teaching them basic physics laws.
"I received the privilege of working for Physics for Kids as my service learning project. My project involved designing an interactive experiment that accompanied a physics concept to teach students between fifth and eighth grade at the Carnegie Science Center. My designed experiment was entitled "Disappearing Crystals". Middle school science should be fun, and I'm so glad that I can be a part of getting the students interested in science and teach them a lesson at the same time. Maybe the best part of the entire experience was that the students were just as excited about the experiments as I was. On a couple of occasions we had students who came over to our booth and later return with friends who they wanted to show our experiments to. Essentially, it reminded me why I love science. I hope the students learned as much as I did through this experience."
- Brittany Smith, Biochemistry 2014