Playground Physics

Lawrence B. Friedman
Feng Liu

Playground Physics is a technology-based application and accompanying curriculum designed by New York Hall of Science to support middle school students’ science engagement and learning of force, energy, and motion. The program includes professional development, the Playground Physics app, and a curriculum aligned with New York State Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

The iOS app allows students to record and review videos through three “lenses:” motion, force (Newton’s third law), and energy, and the curriculum integrates informal and formal inquiry-based learning strategies to promote greater student knowledge and understanding of physics. The program was designed to be implemented in a formal school setting during the regular school day.


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