Quickstart Lessons

If you're just getting started with Rock-it Science lessons, here are some of our favorites that are fairly easy for new teachers to present.
Before presenting any of these lessons to students, be sure to read:
"How to Present a Rock-it Science Lesson."
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Difficulty Level: This indicates how difficult it is for the teacher to present the lesson, not how hard it is for the student to do the experiment. Difficulty levels vary according to type of equipment needed, preparation time, and scarcity or expense of certain materials.

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 Quickstart
Bouncy Stretchy Glue trailer
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Bouncy & Stretchy Glue -- Students discover a weird goop that acts as a solid and a liquid made from cornstarch. They compare it to rubber made from white glue and Boraxo (GAK). This relates to mixtures, solutions, chemical reactions, non-Newtonian fluids, viscosity, and elasticity. Difficulty: Easy
Box Towers trailer
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Box Towers — Discover how to stack cardboard 12 feet tall without climbing on anything. This relates to structures, center of gravity, and teamwork. Difficulty: Easy
Candle in a Jar trailer
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Candle in a Jar -- Students use a jar to snuff out candles in a pan of water and see how high the water rises in the jar when the candles go out. This relates to liquids, gases, atmospheric pressure, temperature, and combustion. Difficulty: Easy
Color Changers trailer
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Color Changers -- Students discover that ordinary yellow paper can do extraordinary things. They draw on it with household ammonia, baking soda mix, and vinegar to develop a way to send secret messages. This relates to chemical changes, acids and bases, pH indicators, and evaporation. (Also see the Teacher Workshop for this lesson.) Difficulty: Easy
Dry Ice trailer
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Dry Ice -- Students discover how to make a hollow ice egg, how soap bubbles can float in mid air, how to make fog, and how to make eerie noises. This relates to solids, liquids, gases, sublimation, condensation, dew point, freezing point, vibrations, clouds, greenhouse effect, and respiration. This is the most popular lesson in our curriculum! Difficulty: Easy
Earthquakes trailer
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Earthquakes -- Students build Lego structures, then test them on a shaking table to see which designs would be best for withstanding an earthquake. This relates to geology, earth science, plate tectonics, vibration, and structural integrity. Difficulty: Hard. (This lesson is rated "Hard" because it uses a motorized shaking table. But you can make it an "Easy" lesson by letting the students shake the platform themselves instead of building the motorized version.)
Gigantic Bubbles trailer
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Gigantic Bubbles -- Students try making bubbles in their hands, on the tabletop, and outdoors. This is related to buoyancy, air convection, reflection of light, evaporation, and light interference. Difficulty: Easy
Glow Sticks trailer
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Glow Sticks -- Students discover how chemicals combine to create flourescence, and how temperature affects the brightness of the chemical. This relates to mixtures, solutions, chemical reactions, light frequency, wavelength, and fluorescence. Difficulty: Easy
hotcoldfizzytrailer
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Hot, Cold & Fizzy -- Students discover that common chemicals can create a wide variety of results when they are mixed in a certain way. This relates to dissolving, chemical reactions, mixtures, exothermic reactions, endothermic reactions, acids, bases, and acid/base indicators. Difficulty: Easy
Magnetic Creatures trailer
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Magnetic Creatures -- Students discover all the weird things that magnets can do. Students make their own weird creature that moves magnetically through the habitat they create. This relates to magnetic fields, electrons, magnetic materials, attraction and repulsion, and north versus south poles. Difficulty: Hard (This lesson is rated "Hard" because the opening demo requires materials that might be hard to find. But you can skip that demo to make this an "Easy" lesson.)
Osmosis trailer
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Osmosis -- Students combine soap and glue to make slime, then add table salt to see how water is absorbed and released by it. This relates to solids, liquids, states of matter, solutions, differing concentrations, and water transport in cells. Difficulty: Easy
Roller Coasters trailer
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Roller Coasters -- Students work in groups to make a roller coaster with split foam tubes, marbles and tape. They discover amazing ways to get as many energy conversions as possible. This relates to potential and kinetic energy, friction, and inertia. Difficulty: Easy
Samson's Columns trailer
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Samson's Columns — See how much weight you can support with a single sheet of paper. This relates to column strength, balance, compression test, teamwork, sharing, utilizing shared knowledge (they see what others did and try to improve on that). Difficulty: Easy
Sound Effects with Cup trailer
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Sound Effects with Cup -- Students discover the different ways that sound travels through a piece of string, a rubber band, and a plastic cup. This relates to vibration, frequency, and sound amplification. Difficulty: Easy
Static Electricity trailer
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Static Electricity -- Students learn about thunder, lightning, and electrons. They discover how to separate a mixture of salt and pepper, lightning safety, and with one hair-raising experience, they discover the nature of static electricity. This relates to weather, lightning safety, electrons, positive and negative charges, voltage, lightning bolts, and cloud formation. Difficulty: Hard. (This is rated "Hard" because the demo in this lesson requires a Van de Graaf generator. But you can skip that demo to make this an "Easy lesson.)
Straw Rockets trailer
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Straw Rockets -- Students experiment with two different ways of making a straw shoot through the air. This relates to air pressure, elastic energy, center of gravity, air friction, and Newton's three laws of motion. Difficulty: Easy
Tablecloth Pull trailer
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Tablecloth Pull -- Students use inertia to make some things move while others stand still. This includes yanking a tablecloth out from under a set of dishes without breaking them. This relates to friction and inertia. Difficulty: Easy
Wind Chill Factor trailer
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Wind Chill Factor -- Students discover how evaporation of water and rubbing alcohol can feel in the wind. They also make their own device to measure wind speed (a pinwheel). This relates to humidity, wet and dry bulb temperature, evaporation, evaporative cooling, and simple machines. Difficulty: Easy
Woodwinds trailer
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Woodwinds -- Discover how to make heavenly and then totally loud and disgusting sounds with tubes, reeds, balloons, and other weird materials. This relates to sound waves, vibration, pitch, and sound amplification. Difficulty: Easy

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