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. 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, please see this document with more information.

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. It has continued to expand every year and eventually it will be available to all elementary schools in Utah every year, much like the Reaction Time program for 5th grade. Public and Charter schools are invited to schedule a date for this free program to visit them by filling out the form linked below. All that is needed is a room and students!

Private and parochial schools may request the program for a fee of $200 to cover the cost of program delivery. This fee covers up to three classes (27 students per class). Additional classes are $50 each. Any school more than two hours away from Salt Lake City will require additional travel fees. Priority will be given to public and charter schools.

Potential Energy is now available as an interactive virtual program. This 45-minute session will cover the same force and motion concepts as the in-person program while combining it with literacy and follow-along activities students can do remotely. The virtual option is still free to all publicly funded schools.

Potential Energy is funded by the Utah State Board of Education and is part of its iSEE Program.

For more information regarding Potential Energy, and to see if the program is available in your district this year, you may contact Emilee King-Ward at eking@discoverygateway.org or (801) 456-5437 x138. We look forward to hearing from you soon!