Essential Physics Modules

A STEM based approach to physics and engineering concepts

The Essential Physics approach for STEM is that Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics should be integral to how we teach Science. Why not learn about engineering by building and testing bridges? Why not learn about light by actually using the RGB model to make different colors, or use a lens to make an image? STEM should simply be a more engaging way to approach science by providing context and application for everything as students learn.

Each module combines high quality equipment with editable lab activities and more. The available modules are:

  • Bridge Building
  • Motion and Robotics
  • Forces and Motion
  • Oscillations, Waves and Sound
  • Light, Color, and Optics

Forces and Machines equipment

Bridge Building - NEW!

An integrated approach to teaching students the fundamentals of engineering design and bridge construction. Included lab activities take students from basic concepts of tension and compression on beams to assembling structures that behave just as real world trusses and bridges do.

The included Wireless Load Cell (PS-3216) is designed to be placed anywhere in a structures to measure forces at that location. 

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Additional modules

Motion + robotics with the Ergobot

Motion + Robotics

A powerful, new, and engaging way to teach motion using robotics and technology. Topics include position, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, motion graphs, vectors, introductory programming (statements, variables, loops) and, introductory robotics.

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Forces + Machines

Forces + Machines

The Forces and Machines Kit engages students in a wide range of physics, physical science, and engineering concepts. Two triple-pulley blocks make it easy to build machines with mechanical advantage up to 6:1. Build all three classes of levers with our pair of 20-cm levers, or combine gears, levers,and pulleys together to show how rotating machines work.

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Oscillations + Waves + Sound

Oscillations + Waves + Sound

Teach the science and technology of waves and sound. Lessons cover harmonic motion, waves, sound, period, frequency, wavelength, resonance, Doppler effect, interference, frequency spectrum, multi-frequency sound, digital sound, human perception, and music.

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Light + Color + Optics

Light + Color + Optics

Introduce your students to the science and technology of light including reflection, refraction, color, intensity, lenses, mirrors, real and virtual images, human vision, digital imaging, and the quantum theory of light.

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