The Put the Charge in the Goal Interactive is an adjustable-size file that displays nicely on smart phones, on tablets such as the iPad, on Chromebooks, and on laptops and desktops. The size of the Interactive can be scaled to fit the device that it is displayed on. The compatibility with smart phones, iPads, other tablets, and Chromebooks make it a perfect tool for use in a 1:1 classroom.


Teaching Ideas and Suggestions:

This Interactive is intended for use near the middle to later stages of a learning cycle on electric force or electric fields. The Interactive has a game-like nature in which learners progress from one level of difficulty to the next by successfully guiding an electric charge into a goal. This task is accomplished by placing positive and negative charges onto the screen in order to attract or repel the charged puck.The locations of these charges can be adjusted if the desired result is not obtained. 

Related Resources

There are numerous resources at The Physics Classroom website that serve as very complementary supports for the Put the Charge in the Goal Interactive. These include:
  • Minds On Physics Internet Modules:
    The Minds On Physics Internet Modules include a collection of interactive questioning modules that help learners assess their understanding of physics concepts and solidify those understandings by answering questions that require higher-order thinking. Assignments SE2, SE10, SE11, and SE12 of the Static Electricity module provide great complements to this Interactive. They are best used in the middle to later stages of the learning cycle. Visit the Minds On Physics Internet Modules.
  • Curriculum/Practice: Several Concept Development worksheets at the Curriculum Corner will be very useful in assisting students in cultivating their understanding, most notably ...

    Charge Interactions
    Electric Fields
    Electric Field Lines

    Visit the Curriculum Corner.

  • Labwork: 
    Simulations should always support (never supplant) hands-on learning. The Laboratory section of The Physics Classroom website includes several hands-on ideas that complement this Interactive. Two notable lab ideas include ...

    Action at a Distance Lab
    Electric Field Lines Lab

    Visit The Laboratory.
  • Science Reasoning Activities:
    Science classrooms should be filled with reasoning activities. There are two related activities in the Static Electricity section of the Science Reasoning Center that will challenge students to employ close reading, data analysis, and logical reasoning. The activities are named ...

    Sticky Tape Experiments
    Charge Interactions

    Visit the Science Reasoning Center.

Additional resources and ideas for incorporating Put the Charge in the Goal into an instructional unit on static electricity can be found at the Teacher Toolkits section of The Physics Classroom website.  Visit Teacher Toolkits.


The Physics Classroom would like to extend a special thanks to Nerd Island Studios for the creation of this HTML5 Interactive and for graciously allowing it to be part of our Physics Interactives collection. Visit to see more great stuff by Nerd Island Studios.

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