Gravity and Balance STEM Class

by  Long Island Science Center

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Center of Gravity and Center of Balance are tested using ramps, feathers, and your own body. Learn about Newton’s and Galileo’s theories. Watch the instructor defy gravity by balancing 9 nails on 1. Students construct their own balancing experiment to take home. The materials for the experiment will be mailed to you based on the number of students indicated in your reservation. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $225.00

This program includes a mailed project materials kit, please allow time for standard mail delivery. Additional session booked for the same calendar day are discounted to $195. An amended version of this program without the in-class projects or experiments is available for $150 per 30-45 minute session. Any booking of the program for the 2020-2021 school year done before September 30, 2020 will receive a 10% discount.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
ZoomWe can use the organizations platform of choice

Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

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Program Details


1. The educator will introduce the concept of gravity and discuss with the students the Universal Law of Gravitation.
2. The educator will perform several demonstrative experiments and will have the students hypothesize about the outcomes of the experiments.
3. Next, the educator will lead the students through a series of experiments that they will conduct.
4. Students will then be given the instructions on how to put together their balancing project.
5. If time allows, we will take questions.


Students will:
- Identify and experiment with forces of gravity
- discuss the center of gravity
- describe how our center of gravity helps us balance an object
- observe how gravity affects objects of different masses

Standards Alignment

National Standards

PS2A 3-5 -- Forces and motion
PS2A 6-8 -- Forces and motion
PS3A 3-5 -- Definitions of energy
PS3C 3-5 -- Relationship between energy and forces

State Standards

New York State
NGSS Learning Standards