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The Physics Phenomenon

The Physics Phenomenon


Why study physics? Because life is impossible without physics! Physics is the science of matter and energy, so, basically, everything that is not alive. Without physics, there would be no grocery laser scanners, space rockets, light bulbs, digital cameras, cars, cell phones, solar panels, airplanes, DVD players, Flat Screen TVs, computers, or MP3 players.


Are you convinced yet? If not, here’s a bit more information. We will be studying electricity, the human eye and how it sees color, and the reflection and refraction of light. 


Here are some fun facts that we will discuss:


Electricity travels at the speed of light, about 300,000 kilometers per second. A spark of static electricity can measure up to 3,000 volts. The average taser emits 50,000 volts. A bolt of lightning can measure up to three million (3,000,000) volts (and lasts less than one second). 


Light travels very, very fast. The speed of light in a vacuum (an area empty of matter) is around 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second). Light takes 1.255 seconds to get from the Earth to the Moon. Other animals can see parts of the light spectrum that humans can’t. For example, a large number of insects can see ultraviolet (UV) light.


Prepare for an exciting ride through a wide array of physics phenomena with fun hands-on activities and experiments!


  • Minimum recommended age: 13
  • Instructor: Ms. Makayla Clement
  • Fridays, 2:30-3:30 PM ET
  • 8 classes
  • September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3


Makayla Clement graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science Teaching. She focuses on using a wide variety of teaching methods to ensure that students of all learning types can comprehend and enjoy the material being taught. She has many science-related hobbies including bug collecting, rock collecting/jewelry-making, and botany. She also loves music and teaches beginning to intermediate piano. She has three busy children, a supportive husband, a quirky tortoise, and a snake.


Teaching style: video lessons, worksheets, research projects, discussion groups


Student & Parent Reviews for Ms. Makayla:

  • I have a somewhat difficult to teach child and she loves learning from Ms. Makayla at The Thinking Kid. Her knowledge of Bugs grew tremendously in just one week of camp! Thank you so much for your time and dedication. We look forward to many more adventures with The Thinking Kid. -Jennifer, parent

  • I very much enjoy Mrs. Makayla’s classes. She really knows the subjects she’s teaching and I can tell that she loves teaching them to others. She is funny, kind, and patient with her students. -Abigail, student

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