Exploring the Science of Magic  




Overview of Exploring the Science of Magic

Observation and careful investigation of interesting physical science phenomena are encouraged while learning to perform illusions. A culminating activity of the unit is a magic show for families and /or other children and staff in your afterschool program.

In each activity, youth learn a different magic trick and explore the physical science involved in making the trick work. In the first activity, they explore balance and equilibrium. The second activity promotes close observation and the third activity explores the effects of friction. In the next three activities, the distribution of pressure and the effects of air pressure are explored. Activity seven encourages youth to observe the effects of static electricity and in activity eight, the youth explore the effects of magnetism. The last two activities explore the effects of centripetal force and investigate surface tension.


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