Potential Energy

Bring More Discovery into Your Kindergarten Classroom

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum would like to invite you to schedule a time for our new kindergarten science outreach program, Potential Energy, to visit your school in the 2018 – 2019 school year. We are excited to now bring this FREE program to kindergarten classes around Utah.

Program Overview
The Potential Energy program (PEP) is a free, 45-minute per class program. It is an inquiry-based session that covers Utah Core Science Standard 3 Objective 1 for the kindergarten curriculum. Students will participate in hands-on experimentation as well as see demonstrations that show concepts such as gravity, forces, and laws of motion. With guidance from the instructor, students will discover and describe these physics basics without being overwhelmed by complex vocabulary or abstract ideas. If you have not seen Potential Energy before, I have attached a document with some more information about what you’re offered.

Potential Energy Program was written and developed in partnership with Charles Matthews, STEM coordinator for Park City school district. It was piloted in spring of 2016 through the generosity of Park City school district and their elementary schools. We will focus on schools within a 2-hour driving time from Salt Lake City for the 2017-2018 school year. Eventually we hope to bring it to all elementary schools in Utah every year, much like we are able to do with Reaction Time. We want to invite you to schedule a date for us to bring this program to your school starting in May 2017. All we need from you is a room, some tables, and chairs.
Potential Energy is funded by the Utah State Board of Education and is part of its iSEE Program.

For more information regarding Potential Energy, you may contact Laura Cotter at lcotter@discoverygateway.org or (801)456-5437 x137. We look forward to hearing from you soon!