Lend an Experiment (LEx) Boxes

Hands-on Physical Science Kits available for school teachers to borrow

This program is now in its pilot phase. We will only accept requests from teachers who have attended our Teacher Professional Development Workshops or participated in the electronics activity during Experience Science Day. Please sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Pro-D workshops here.

To borrow the kits:

  1. Please check LEx Box availability on the calendar. Please note that your request day needs to be at least a week before or after another request.
  2. Fill out this form to submit a borrow request.
  3. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email within 3 business days from outreach@phas.ubc.ca to arrange for courier delivery and pick up. Please respond to this email – your request will be cancelled if we do not receive a reply.
  4. Please note that as this is in its pilot phase as we are launching and making improvements to the program. Also, we would appreciate comments and feedback from teachers borrowing the kits afterward.

Program Information

The lack of funding to purchase supplies for hands-on activities is a significant barrier for teachers to teach physics and climate change in their classrooms. A new program we are starting this year is “Lend an Experiment” – 25 hands-on kits have been assembled and put into boxes for local teachers to borrow. Each box includes equipment and exploratory material described in more detail in the list of materials and a list of possible activities. For additional experiment ideas, we also recommend visiting the following site.

The goal for the LEx boxes is to provide teachers with the opportunity to delve deeper into the curriculum and provide enriching activities for their students. Teachers can borrow LEx boxes for use in their classrooms; those from Vancouver Downtown Eastside will have priority.

There are currently 4 boxes available for teachers, each with curriculum connections (draft for grades 10-12):

  1. Circuit Building: Grades 7 (electricity and magnetism), 9 (circuit building), 11 Physics (electric circuits), and 12 Physics (electrostatics and electric potential).
  2. Light Bulb Efficiency: Grades 5 (power and simple machines), 7 (electricity and magnetism), 9 (sustainability of systems),10 (conservation of energy and energy transformation), 11 Physics (power and efficiency), 11 Environmental (humans as agents of change), and 12 Physics (conservation of energy).
  3. Energy: Grades 9 (circuits and current), 10 (transformation of energy), and 11 Physics (power and efficiency).
  4. Climate: Grades 7 (natural selection and climate change), 9 (sustainability of systems), 10 (impacts of energy transformations), 11 Environmental, and 12 Environmental.

Box 1: Circuit Buildingimg_20160912_092858627

List of material

Learning Goals:

  • Explore circuit design
  • Understand that a circuit must be complete for electrons to flow
  • Manipulate the basic components of a circuit: batteries, loads (light bulbs), resistors, push buttons, and more
  • See the relationship between voltage, current, and resistance – Ohm’s law!

Activity suggestions:


Box 2: Light Bulb Efficiency

List of materialimg_20160912_092508658

Learning Goals:

  • Explore and observe how different types of light bulbs consume energy differently
  • Look at electrical energy production and energy use
  • Discuss the impacts of energy use in their community
  • Observe energy transformations and energy waste (thermal energy production in less efficient light bulbs)

Activity suggestions:


img_20160912_092941803Box 3: Energy

List of material

Learning Goals:

  • Explore different sources of energy and energy transformations
  • Analyze environmental and sustainable technologies
  • Compare the amount of power used to create electricity with the amount of electricity power actually generated
  • Estimate how efficient we are at making electricity
  • Discuss alternative energy sources

Activity suggestions:


img_20160912_092744582_hdrBox 4: Climate

List of material

Learning Goals:

  • Explore how different surfaces absorb and reflect light in different ways
  • Observe the three main behaviours of materials: the reflection, absorption, and transmission of light
  • Discuss radiation from both the Sun and the Earth and how visible light is absorbed and then energy is re-emitted in the form of invisible longwave radiation
  • Discuss climate change and the ability of humans to change many aspects of our environment including climate.

Activity suggestion:


If you are interested in borrowing any of our LEx Boxes check the availability and fill out this form.