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
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)
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