PhysicsQuest 2019

Dr. Wu’s Secret Project

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Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, the First Lady of Physics

PhysicsQuest experiment kits demonstrate the fun and relevance of science to middle school students as they learn more about the physical world. Each free kit offers activities to build enthusiasm for science and encourage active participation. In 2018, we distributed 20,000 kits to 6th through 9th-grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs across the United States.

Did you miss the sign-up for PhysicsQuest 2019? No problem, you can still download the book and refer to the materials list to collect what you need for each activity.
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On this year’s quest, students will discover Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu’s important contributions to physics, and complete four experiments to learn about:

  • Thermal energy and equilibrium, using hot and cold water
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions, using steel wool and vinegar
  • Thermal insulating properties, using thermal paper
  • Freezing and melting points, using ice, salt, and sugar

Please note: PhysicsQuest kits are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified by email if you will receive a kit, or if you will be added to the waitlist and contacted next year.

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About PhysicsQuest

The aim of PhysicsQuest is to introduce students to the basic concepts of physics, through fun experiments that will sustain their interest in math and science. Each kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments designed to provide engaging and accessible lessons at the middle school level.

PhysicsQuest is brought to you by PhysicsCentral, a program facilitated by the American Physical Society (APS). PhysicsCentral strives to communicate the excitement and importance of physics to people of all ages. For additional information, please contact

About the American Physical Society

The American Physical Society (APS) is the premier professional society for physicists in the United States. APS shares the knowledge of physics by publishing journals, hosting scientific meetings, reaching out to the public, and promoting physics education.

Continue the Quest

Although kits for past PhysicsQuests are no longer available, your class can still complete the projects by downloading the guides below and using the provided materials list to collect everything else you need.

This year's PhysicsQuest was made possible by a generous donation from