Construction Physics

Paige Ahlenius [ view artist bio ]


This hands-on workshop is an excellent opportunity for students to explore physics and learn by experimentation the definition of velocity, friction, gravitational pull and push, energy, etc. Students will actively participate in a challenge to build and test a structure and learn to appreciate the importance of trial and error and imagination for engineers. Educators can choose from one of the following challenges: roller coasters, skyscrapers, or balloon rockets.


To schedule this program please contact us at 816-531-4022 or by email at


Grade Levels: PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,1-2,1-3,2-3,1-6,4-6,7-9,High School,All Ages

Fees: $110 for 1 workshop; $95 each, for 2 or more workshops on the same day; plus $2 per student materials fee / The break between workshops must not exceed 90 minutes to receive the reduced rate.

Maximum Audience Size: 30

Availability: Please inquire

Program Length: 50 minutes

Location: At Your School

Teachers' Guide: construction physics

Requirements: A large empty area, classroom chairs, projector for PowerPoint (optional), and large books and plastic bins or cardboard boxes (optional). Teachers must be present at all times during workshops.

Standards: 1.8 1.8 Knows that communicating different points of view in a dispute can often help people to find a satisfactory compromise.7.2 7.2 Contributes to the development of a supportive climate in groups.7.3 7.3 Engages in active listening.7.4 7.4 Uses nonverbal communication such as eye contact, body position and voice tone effectively.7.5 7.5 Reacts to ideas rather than to the person presenting the ideas.7.6 7.6 Concentrates mental and physical energies.7.7 7.7 Analyzes personal decisions in terms of the options that were considered.9.5 9.5 Knows that the position and motion of an object can be changed by pushing or pulling.9.6 9.6 Knows that things move in many different ways (e.g., straight line, zigzag, vibration, circular motion).15.4 15.4 Understands how one's own artworks, as well as artworks from various eras and cultures, may elicit a variety of responses.15.5 15.5 Understands the effectiveness of various artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions.

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