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Kids' Web Classroom: Force and Motion

This section provides kid-appropriate sites that you might want to let your students explore on their own, or with your guidance.

Leonardo's Workshop
        Go on an art adventure as you travel back in time to visit Leonardo Da Vinci's workshop. You're on a mission to make sure that someone else who borrowed a time machine isn't causing problems in Leonardo's workshop, and along the way, you'll learn about the inventor and artist.

        This site uses clear language to explain motion, energy, forces, friction, gravity, momentum, vectors, velocity, work, and much more.

Simple Machines
        This page from The Franklin Institute provides easy-to-understand explanations and images of simple machines, including the inclined plane, lever, wedge, screw, pulley, and wheel and axle. There are also useful links interspersed in the text and at the bottom of the page if you'd like to investigate further.

Forces of Flight
        These pages utilize simple text and animated diagrams to explain the four forces that make flight possible: lift, thrust, weight, and drag.

Newton's Laws
        Written for eighth graders, this page quickly provides the basics of Newton's Laws using relevant real- life examples. There are also two simple activities that illustrate Newton's First and Third Laws.

Physics Comics
        It's physics in a new medium, created to help students who are having difficulty understanding physics concepts and who might benefit from a more visual presentation. Although it's comics, it's meant to address upper grade students—the terms and presentation are too advanced for younger students.

        Great for students working with FOSS's Levers and Pulleys kit who'd like to explore the basic concepts of the lever—the fulcrum, load, and effort—further.

Mechanics Activities
        Definitely technical and therefore for the older student only, these interactive activities from are quite fascinating and do a good job of providing a visible complement to the major concepts that rule mechanics.

The Franklin Institute gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the National Science Foundation and Unisys Corporation.

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The Franklin Institute is the Demonstration Site for the Eisenhower Mid-Atlantic Consortium, providing science and math resources for teachers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9819641.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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