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MHS Students Study Horses in Hands-On Physics Lesson

During a recent physics class, Milton Hershey School high school students learned about kinematics—the study of motion—by visiting a horse pasture on the MHS campus. With the help of the school’s Agricultural and Environmental Education (AEE) department, students observed a horse move at four different gaits, or paces, along the course.

“This is a physics class, and we want to start looking at moving objects,” said Christopher Pope, a science teacher at MHS. “[The students] are brainstorming how they would describe the horse’s movement. [This lab] will be a little more meaningful, so they can retain the experience and the knowledge a bit better.”

A group of students stood in 10-meter intervals along the course and raised their hands to measure time when the horse passed them. Other students used iPads to film the horse’s speed. In their upcoming physics classes, Pope plans to help students analyze the videos and calculate the horse’s velocity at each gait.

During a recent physics class, Milton Hershey School high school students learned about kinematics by visiting a horse pasture on the MHS campus.

By incorporating hands-on, experiential learning into the physics classroom, MHS students gain observational skills and the ability to solve problems.

Milton Hershey School provides  project-based learning opportunities so students of all ages can approach learning in an open-ended way. The goal is to help students develop the foundational, 21st century skills needed to solve real-world challenges in a variety of disciplines. Learn more about our  academic program and STEAM curriculum.

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