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Our Curriculum

(6th grade)

Physics 1
  • 1.1 Introduction to Physics
  • 1.2 Basic Motion
  • 1.3 Newton’s Laws I
  • 1.4 Energy I
  • 1.5 Matter I

(7th grade)

Physics 2
  • 2.1 Measurements & Units
  • 2.2 Newton’s Laws II
  • 2.3 Energy II
  • 2.4 Matter II
  • 2.5 Waves

(8th grade)

Physics 3
  • 3.1 Matter III
  • 3.2 Electricity & Magnetism
  • 3.3 Light
  • 3.4 Heat
  • 3.5 Nuclear Physics

See The Change believes physics should be part of every student’s middle school experience. All kids should have the chance to gain skills and develop the excitement that comes from better understanding how the universe works. All kids should get the opportunity to see how math is relevant to their everyday experience.

We advocate for physics inclusion within the middle school curriculum. For schools that are able to make effective physics instruction a standard part of their course offerings, we salute you. For schools that need more support, we offer a variety of services:

  • Up to three grades of curriculum with lessons and learning objectives clearly pegged to both national and state science standards

  • Professional development responsive to each individual teacher’s needs and ongoing teacher support.

  • Activities, homework, quizzes, tests, and other assessment tools designed to meet the teacher’s needs in evaluating student capacity and progress

  • Curriculum specifically tailored to each school’s needs and capacities

  • Multiple inquiry- and project-based learning models that allow each teacher to decide what works best in her or his specific classroom

  • A community of support consisting of other middle school physics teachers across the nation

Real Learning, Real Skills, Real Life

  • Within the first weeks (Physics 1.2) 6th-grade students will be using basic algebra and Newton’s laws to solve fundamental force equations.

  • After completing four units (Physics 1.4 Energy) students will be able to use Newton’s laws and their understanding of Conservation of Energy to design cool roller coasters!

  • By the tenth unit (Physics 2.5) students will be able to measure the speed of light using a regular microwave oven and a ruler.

  • After unit 12 students will be able to assemble electromagnetic motors.

  • After unit 13 students will be able to recreate Young’s double slit experiment to demonstrate the wave nature of light.

  • After unit 14 students will be able to build motors powered by heat.

  • After Unit 15 students will be able to calculate the energy released during a nuclear reaction.

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