Adventures in Physics

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Connecting Adventure to the Classroom

Adventure learning is what we do here at High 5 and there's nothing more fulfilling then when a student's passion for learning is ignited. That's why when Maureen Fagan from Four Rivers Charter School challenged us to bring her physics lessons to life we said, bring it on!


Maureen met up with us to learn a little more about our challenge course and philosophy. She was hoping to bring 60 high school students to High 5 to study the physics of Zip Lines, Giant Swings, and Wild Wooseys as a supportive, engaged and spirited community. Together, with her physics knowledge and our adventure experience, we put together one heck of a physics lesson that not only illustrated real world physics but, altogether emphasized the value of collaborative learning and the important role physical activity and emotion play in the learning process. In short, students quickly discovered that stepping off the zip platform was just as terrifying for some students as writing a physics paper is for others and through support and encouragement, both can be accomplished.

"Thank you so much for an awesome day and for stretching my boundaries! " -Ayla, student

Maureen's goal for the experience was that students would be able work and communicate effectively with a team to obtain data with accurate measurements and detailed observations, and to be a supportive, positive, and active team member when confronted with elements that require critical thinking and risk taking. Students would be expected to keep a complete lab notebook from which another person could reproduce their experiments and use the data in their notebook to write a professional scientific report. The experience would challenge students to venture beyond perceived limits and experience a sense of accomplishment that would transfer from the challenge course to the classroom and to the rest of their lives.

" Yeah that was the coolest field trip ever, 'nuff said." -Nick and Andrew, students

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I would love to talk to you more about this. We've been working on a Ropes Course Physics as part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for the past couple of summers. I think we have a pretty good handle on the Ropes Course part, but we are lacking in the Physics department. Would love to discuss that with you.

I would love to talk to you more about this. We've been working on a Ropes Course Physics as part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for the past couple of summers. I think we have a pretty good handle on the Ropes Course part, but we are lacking in the Physics department. Would love to discuss that with you.

Hey Jim,

I would be more than happy to talk to you about the program we did with Four Rivers Charter School and their physics students. Feel free to give me a call at High 5 or send me an email at rmccormick@high5adventure.org. I have a write up of what we did and would love to share. We used the schools device to gather information and the students are crunching the data as we speak so I could keep you posted on what we find.

Hi Ryan. I am currently looking into establishing a physics program on our Challenge Course for a STEM grant as well. I would love the opportunity to speak to you about your experience. Similar to the comment above, we have the Challenge Course stuff down, but are looking to develop the curriculum for 6-12th grade students. Thanks!

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