Learning Center Six: Resources and Extension Activities

  1. For kid-friendly explanations of buoyancy, density, and displacement accompanied by experiments you can do in class or at home, see this Web page from the Idaho National Laboratory’s Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research Program (link is to a pdf):http://www.stoller-eser.com/nie/PDFs/Buoyancy.pdf

  2. On PBS’s NOVA Web site, diagrams, animations, and text explain buoyancy:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lasalle/buoybasics.html

  3. The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center offers an explanation of buoyancy and some ideas for experiments (involving tinfoil hulls) that can be accomplished using simple materials (link is to a pdf):http://www.marinetech.org/downloads/buoyancy.pdf

  4. For a terrific explanation of the physics of surfing, see these pages from Science Wire, an online site created in cooperation between the Exploratorium and Public Radio International’s The World:http://www.exploratorium.edu/theworld/surfing/physics/index.html

  5. A little more technical than Science Wire, more physics of surfing can be found on the How Stuff Works Web site:http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/water-sports/surfing4.htm