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

Ms Alignment

Download Spectra 7, Spectra's High Intensity here! Read about her latest tussle with Miss Alignment. If you would like to download the teacher's manual, including the activities, click here.

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. IYL Logo

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