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’s Quantum Leap

The Quantum Mechanic

This year's PhysicsQuest registration is now closed. If you'd still like to join in the fun, the manual and activities will be posted here shortly

Tesla Junior High is in ruins after H. Toueaux destroyed the gym during the big swim meet.  The gang is scattered among 3 different middle schools as they wait for their school to be rebuilt.  When Lucy’s mom takes their ancient mini-van to Black Body Repair she gets a little more than she bargained for.  Owner and chief mechanic Pauli Black gives the van more than new brakes, she gives it a quantum kick.  Can Spectra’s laser powers stop The Quantum Mechanic’s super powered machines from wreaking havoc on their small town?  With the gang so spread out, Spectra will have to use both her laser powers and the quantum additions to her mom’s mini-van to save the day.

As students help Spectra and her gang, they will learn about topics in modern physics including  what’s hidden in a rainbow, why physicists sometimes claim there are 10 dimensions, and why Wint-O-Green lifesavers spark in the dark.  Though modern physics may seem like a difficult subject to teach middle schoolers, it ecompasses some of the coolest stuff in physics.  These unique, accessible experiments will engage and inspire your students. Register now!

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)

Spectra Turbulent Times Manual (PDF)

Download the Spectra: Turbulent Times Manual format_pdf

Spectra 4: Heats Up! (2011)

Spectra 4: Heats Up! Manual (PDF)

Download the Spectra: Heats Up! Manual

Spectra 3: Spectra's Force (2010)

Spectra 3 Manual (PDF)

Download the Spectra's Force Manual

Spectra 1: The Original Laser Superhero (2009)

Spectra: The Original Laser Superhero Manual (PDF)

Download the Spectra Manual

Nikola Tesla and the Electric Fair (2008)

Nikola Tesla Manual (PDF)

Download the Nikola Tesla Manual format_pdf

Marie Curie's Floating Classes (2007)

Marie Curie Manual (PDF)

Download the Marie Curie Manual

Ben Franklin's Secret Message (2006)

Ben Franklin Manual (PDF)

Download the Ben Franklin Manual format_pdf

The Search for Einstein's Hidden Treasure (2005)

Einstein Manual (PDF)

Download the Einstein Manual format_pdf