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Newton’s Notions

Division: A- Elementary

NC Essential Standards Alignment: 1.P.1, 3.P.1,4.P.1, 5.P.1

Event Rules: Newtons Notions Rules 2022

Event Score Sheet: None

Clarifications: None


Teams will be assessed on their knowledge of forces and motion. Competitors use a variety of simple machines to answer questions about force and motion.


Teams MUST bring a writing instrument. Event leaders will provide all materials necessary to complete the stations. Competitors may see stations similar to this in a variety of Olympiad events, such as Physics Lab, Simple Machines, Newton’s Notions, or measuring events.



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Fast Facts:


Event Resources:

Coaches Clinic Presentation (2022 rules)
Coaches Institute Presentation (2016 rules)
Coaches Institute Handout (2011 Rules)
Sample Event (2011 Rules)
FOSSweb – Levers and Pulleys
The Teachers Guide – Physical Science


Practicing simple physics, measuring time and distance to determine velocity, and repeating with slight variations.