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Star Spectra Science: Using Balloons and Buttons to Model Spectroscopy - Feb 17, 2017

This lesson blends physics and Earth Science as students explore star spectra using a physical model made of balloons and buttons.


PhET Collision Lab - Dec 31, 2016

Feature-rich simulation lets you explore collisions in 1D or 2D. You can adjust mass of the balls, set elasticity from 0-100%, and view position & velocity values for data analysis.


Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics - Dec 31, 2016

Completely turn-key resource for a unit on momentum and collision. Fascinating video plus four comprehensive classroom activities.


Squishy Circuits - Dec 31, 2016

HUGELY fun activity to introduce younger kids to electric circuits. "Squishy" dough is quickly made from scratch. Start with a simple series circuit and go creative!


Virtual Microscope: Scanning Probe Microscopy Basics - Dec 31, 2016

What is a scanning probe microscope & how does it "see" atomic resolution to create images of nanoscale specimens? Find out in this animated tutorial.


PhET Simulation: Hooke's Law - Sep 28, 2016

Here's a mobile-friendly PhET sim to help students make connections among force, spring constant, displacement, and potential energy in a spring.


DNA Science: Modeling Rosalind Franklin's Discovery with a Pen Spring - Sep 10, 2016

Integrate physics/biology in this HS diffraction lab that lets students model the work of Rosalind Franklin.


SERC: Direct Measurement Video Library - Sep 10, 2016

Excellent collection of short, very high-resolution videos of real events lets students actively explore physical phenomena. Includes frame-counters and overlay tools for making precise measurements. Solid pedagogy, great fun!


The Humanized Physics Project - Sep 10, 2016

Innovative new curriculum for algebra-based physics, in which physics concepts are introduced through studies of human physiology. Students explore topics that include force and motion, kinetic and potential energy, Newton's Laws, electric potential, magnetic fields, periodic waves, and more. Each topic is introduced within the context of a human biological process such as circulation, vision, speech, and hearing.


NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football - Sep 10, 2016

This video collection funded by NSF aims to spark interest in physics through the motion of football players & ball trajectory. Entertaining AND accurate science.

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