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National “Play Catch” Week

Trajectory of a thrown ball

Whether it’s done with a softball and glove, a beach ball, or even a hacky sack, playing catch is a great way to have fun. But it’s also a great physics lesson, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to learn about trajectories, potential and kinetic energy, and velocity.

Tech Time 🌐

Playground Physics – Upload a video to this iOS app and trace the path of a moving object or person. Watch it in slow motion, track the speed, and measure the distance traveled. It’s a nice accompaniment to our “Get Outside” activity.

Get Outside 🌤

Throwing Balls and Trajectory – Grab a ball and a partner and experiment to answer some questions: if you throw the ball very high or very straight, how does that affect how far the ball goes or how long it takes to get there?

Rainy Day 🌧

Rube Goldberg Machines and Marble Roller Coasters – Have your children look through their toys and come up with some objects that they can use to create a Rube Goldberg Machine. Or grab some leftover pipe insulation from your last winterizing project and have them create a roller coaster for marbles. Both activities provide lots of opportunities to experiment with the laws of physics!

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