Physics and Digital Science Scope and Sequence

The Physics and Digital Science Task Card set includes 30 student task cards and an Introduction to the Course. The cards may be used by students in grades K – 6 and are intended to be used at a pace of about one per week. Younger students who are currently developing their reading and math skills will not be overwhelmed by these cards. Upper elementary and advanced early elementary students will find these tasks the perfect springboard for further scientific investigation. Topics included on the cards follow. 

1 – inclined plane, effort, distance

2 – wedge

3 – lever, fulcrum

4 – wheel and axle

5 – screw

6 – pulley

7 – gears and belts

8 – cams and cranks

9 – rotating wheels

10 – springs

11 – energy, pressure, pumps, suction, piston pump, pneumatic, hydraulic, toilets

12 – heat, thermal energy, solar power, convection, radiant, heat waves, combustion engine, refrigerators

13 – nuclear energy, fission, fusion, nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants

14 – motion, gravity, mass, velocity, force, acceleration, momentum, work, Isaac Newton

15 – flying, kite, glider, airfoil, airplane, helicopter

16 – friction

17 – floating, density, weight, upthrust, water displacement

18 – photography, exposure, development

19 – light spectrum, lenses, reflection

20 – sound waves, pitch, volume, timbre, harmonic series

21 – telecommunication, transmitter, channel, analog, digital

22 – electricity, atom, charge, conductors, currents

23 – magnetism, magnetic field, force, currents

24 – automation, sensors, detectors, sonar, ultrasound, antenna

25 – digital media, storage, transmission, bits, bytes

26 – microchip, processor

27 – software, operating system, computer programming

28 – internet, e-mail

29 – inventions

30 – wrap up and review

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