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Newton's Notions

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Get hands-on with Newton's three laws of motion! Explore concepts like inertia, acceleration, & reaction forces. Engage in activities like making balloons into rockets, measuring friction, & building a simple hovercraft. Read More

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Get hands-on with sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion! Explore concepts like inertia, acceleration, and reaction forces. We've designed an exciting curriculum filled with engaging and memorable physics activities, including making balloons into rockets, measuring friction, and building a simple "hovercraft." 

Our highly engaging kit includes a full-color student curriculum workbook and teacher guide with detailed, step-by-step instructions for seven fun science activities (plus extras!) designed to engage your student in the laws of motion and how they were developed. The student experience has inquiry-based activities and assessments designed to enhance your student's understanding of physics and the world around them. Designed to provide over 16 hours of education and entertainment, both teacher and student will be able to open the box and start within minutes

In this kit, the student will engage in these engaging science experiments:

  1. Watch what happens to objects in a spinning water-filled tube.
  2. Put Newton's First Law of Motion into practice and be able to to explain why some objects just stay still.
  3. Make a Newton's Tube, which isn't quite Newton's cradle, but works similarly.
  4. Race different balls down ramps to learn how force acts and gravity fits into Newton's Second Law of Motion and what the second law states.
  5. Explore a new type of force - friction - through the measurement of the drag on a weighted balloon.
  6. Demonstrate Newton's Third Law of Motion by using the power of air to make balloons into simple rockets.
  7. Investigate buoyancy and density while making an easy hovercraft toy.
  8. Keep the physics fun rolling with a variety of engaging optional extensions!

Use this Newton's Notions lab kit to answer questions such as:

  • What is the law of inertia?
  • How are force, mass, and acceleration connected (f=ma)?
  • How do action and reaction forces work in real life?
  • How did Isaac Newton develop the laws of motion?

Our Newton's Notions kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Launch series and is recommended for middle and high school students in grades 8-12 and will teach them about force of gravity. Prior to completing Newton's Notions, we recommend the prerequisite kit Controlling Collisions!

Newton's Notions includes a variety of science projects that will foster learning and encourage students to want to learn more about topics such as:

  • Outside force
  • Physical science
  • Net force
  • Opposite reactions
  • Why things move the way they do 

This kit is the perfect way to spark interest and encourage students to think of a physics-focused science fair project exploring moving objects and how they relate to the mass of the object by conducting a motion experiment.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample

Scissors safety: Get an adult's help for cutting thicker materials like cardboard and plastic. Always cut away from your body.



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This kit contains:

  • 3 Balloon, extra-large (16-inch)
  • 3 Balloon, medium (9-inch)
  • 1 Blank compact disc
  • 1 Card stock, 8.5 x 11 inches
  • 1 Clear plastic cup, 9 oz
  • 1 Clear plastic drinking straw
  • 2 Cork, small (No. 2)
  • 1 Dropping bottle, 30 mL
  • 1 Fishing line, 2 yards
  • 1 Masking tape, 0.94 inches x 40 yards
  • 1 Ping-pong ball
  • 1 Plastic tube, 1.5-inch diameter, 8.75-inch length
  • 2 Rubber cap, 1.5-inch diameter
  • 1 Spring scale, 100 g / 1 N
  • 5 Steel ball, 0.5-inch diameter
  • 1 Steel ball, 1-inch diameter
  • 4 Wooden dowel, ¼-inch diameter, 12-inch length

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Small cardboard box or other light object (optional)
  • Variety of rough and smooth surfaces
  • Water


Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Balloons. Children under 8 years can choke or suffocate on underinflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
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