PhysicsQuest is a story-based activity that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments.
PhysicsQuest: Spectra: High Intensity
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Miss Alignment has broken out of jail and is on the loose hatching evil plans. Armed with a high IQ, an inferiority complex, and a secret lair, she will try yet again to control the town. Your students can help Spectra, her gang, and her new friend the Quantum Mechanic stop Miss Alignment’s focus on evil.
In celebration of the International Year of Light, this kit will have all of the equipment needed to teach students about bending light, spherical lenses, how color and energy are related, and how the sun’s light also carries heat. As the students do these activities, they will be applying all the skills they need to help our superheroes prevent Miss Alignment’s attempted town domination.
We will be sending out the Spectra: High Intensity kits (for free) in early January. If you would like to purchase last year’s kit, Spectra’s Quantum Leap, please visit our online store.
Answers and Winners of Spectra’s Quantum Leap can be found here.
Spectra: High Intensity is part of the International Year of Light celebration. To find out more, please visit the IYL website.
Past Teacher Manuals
Below you can find the teacher manuals for past PhysicsQuest kits. The manuals detail how to do that year's various demonstrations and experiments, and they also include a list of the required materials.
Spectra 5: Turbulent Times (2013)
Download the Spectra: Turbulent Times Manual
Spectra 4: Heats Up! (2011)
Download the Spectra: Heats Up! Manual
Spectra 3: Spectra's Force (2010)
Download the Spectra's Force Manual
Spectra 1: The Original Laser Superhero (2009)
Download the Spectra Manual
Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair (2008)
Download the Nikola Tesla Manual
Marie Curie's Floating Classes (2007)
Download the Marie Curie Manual
Ben Franklin's Secret Message (2006)
Download the Ben Franklin Manual
The Search for Einstein's Hidden Treasure (2005)
Download the Einstein Manual