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Learning Lab

Motion Commotion

Topple towers, move objects through a maze, and turn movement into paintings! Students provide the force needed to make objects move in various ways and directions. Share ideas and explanations about what students observe and develop questions about motion and its causes. Let investigations about pushes and pulls set young minds into motion.

Minimum/Maximum class size: 16/32 students

Grade Level: 
K, 1 and 2
Learning Goals: 
  • Pushing or pulling an object can change how it moves.
  • Objects can move in many ways such as straight, zigzag, round and round, back and forth, slow and fast.
  • Scientists ask questions and make observations based on interactions with objects.
Academic Standard Strand: 
Nature of Science & Engineering
Physical Science
Experience Run Time: 
50 minutes
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Reservation Required: 
Museum Admission plus Additional Fee
Specific Cost: 
$6 per student
Physical Location: 
Only at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Specific Location: 
Education Classrooms, Level 2

Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance for Learning Labs. To make your reservation, fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request, email, or call (651) 221-9444 Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.