REAL Science Odyssey: Physics Level 1

Unit 2: What Matters

Your weight on other worlds:

TedED video about Archimedes and the crown:

Video about Density- Why does oil float on water?:

Unit 3: Newton's Laws

Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about Issac Newton:

Short video biography of Issac Newton:

Crash Course History of Science about Newton (might be more interesting for slightly older students):

Unit 5: Work: Plane & Simple Machines

“Hero of Alexandria” Look into the inventions on this page.  Hero invented the first vending machine, steam engine, and hydraulic water fountain– 2000 years ago!

Simple Machines:

Examples of simple machines:

Bill Nye The Science Guy- Simple Machines:

Unit 6: The Invisible World of Air
Unit 7: Sound and Waves
Unit 8: Magnetism

Links coming soon!


Unit 9: Electricity

This is the site of the Gravity Light– a clever device which uses gravity and the principles of electromagnetism to power lamps in areas without electrical power:

Unit 10: New Worlds to Explore

Links coming soon! 

Suggested Books for Further Reading

The following are suggestions for those who want to explore further.  Most public libraries will have a children’s section about physics which includes picture boos about particular subjects, such as “gravity” or pulleys.” Almost all of these are good, solid books. The resources listed below are those that are exceptional or stand out in some way for each of the subjects covered. I have also included a few books for adults who would like an overview of physics.

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Unit 1: What is Physics? (And General Physics)

What’s Physics All About, by Kate Davies

Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing, by Bobby Mercer

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawkings (for adults)

Mr Tomkins in Paperback, by George Gamow (for adults–an older, classic book explaining post-Einstein physics to lay people)


Unit 2: What Matters

Audio recording: Jim Weiss: Galileo and the Stargazers (includes the story of “Archimedes & the Crown”)

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System, by Joanna Cole

Archimedes and the Door of Science, by Jeanne Bendick


Unit 3: Newton’s Laws and Unit 4: Friction

Car Science, by Richard Hammond

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities, by Carrie Logan Hollihan

Forces Make Things Move, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Unit 5: Work: Plane & Simple Machines

The New Way Things Work, by David Macaulay & Neil Ardley

The Best of Rube Goldberg, by Ruben Lucius Goldberg


Unit 6: The Invisible World of Air

Unit 7: Sound and Waves

Unit 8: Magnetism and Unit 9: Electricity

Electricity! Make it Work!, by Andrew Haslam

Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires, by David Glover (covers similar material as this text, but in a bit more detail)

Awesome Experiments in Electricity and Magnetism, by Michael DiSpezio

Hands-on: Snap Circuits toys and kits are easy ways for kids to build electronic devices as complex as radio receivers


Unit 10: New Worlds to Explore

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids, by Jerome Pohlen
For older students & parents who are really intrigued by these ideas, I suggest reading any of Michio Kaku’s books

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