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Physics of Everyday

Basking Ridge
Rising Grades 3 - 5
Dates in July
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Signature Program
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$475 / Week

Course Description

This is a one-week, context-based course, developed for elementary school students, grades 3-5. The course includes a series of hands-on, experiential learning workshops that cover topics such as Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, forces, momentum, and energy. The course is taught in the context of sports, and every-day life phenomena. We will discuss topics such as the physics of basketball, baseball, ice skating, swimming, cheerleading and tug of war. We will also take a closer look at the physics of bridges, roller coasters, and falling objects. Each day we will discuss a new concept in physics, followed by work with computer simulation and hands-on measurements.

Some specific examples we may investigate include:

-Recording the trajectory of a basketball and analyzing the video to see how far does the basketball go depending on the angle at which it was thrown.

-Experiencing the angular momentum of a spinning object on a rotating table. “Does the skater move faster or slower with arms open/close?

-How do the forces distribute while making a human tower in cheerleading?

-Measuring the real forces involved in balancing a bridge using spring scales.

-Measuring the speed of an object in free fall using video analysis.

-Plotting the speed as a function of time using data analysis software.

Save almost 20% on summer academics when you register for a pre-packaged bundle of two courses!


Lunch is not provided, but add-on is available.


Weeks Times
July 6 – 10 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
July 13 – 17 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

What to Pack

  • A water bottle

Camp Credentials

  • This course is run by a Pingry faculty member or adjunct teacher.

Drop-Off/Pick-up Location

Middle School Entrance

What to Expect

Enrichment. Advancement. Development. A Summertime Taste of Pingry’s Academics.

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