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NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures - May 31, 2017

This is a NASA-sponsored engineering design challenge for Grades 6-9 to to construct and test a model thrust structure that is as light as possible, but strong enough to withstand a "launch-to-orbit" three times.

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work - May 31, 2017

Integrate physics and biology in this lab, inspired by an article in The Physics Teacher magazine. Students model signal transmission along an axon by using vinyl tubing filled with salted gelatin.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height - May 31, 2017

Using TARC-approved model rockets, this lesson blends physics and engineering as students use thrust curves to predict maximum height.

UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside - May 31, 2017

Promote understanding of scientific inquiry as students analyze patterns in UPC barcodes to figure out their "language".

Eclipse Science: Modeling Eclipses in the Solar System - May 31, 2017

Blend physics and Earth/Space science to build a physical model that explores the geometry of eclipse events. Appropriate for Grades 6-10.

Cultural Astronomy -- Bringing the Heavens to Earth - May 31, 2017

This cross-curricular module from the Adler Planetarium explores astronomy from the cultural context of past societies and their observations of the heavens.

NEED Project: Energy of Moving Water - Mar 26, 2017

13 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy.

PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams - Jan 5, 2017

Complete lesson plan by a HS physics teacher to accompany the PhET simulation States of Matter. It explores how force interactions occur at the molecular level.

Direct Measurement Video: Ballistic Pendulum - Jan 5, 2017

If you haven't discovered DMVs (Direct Measurement Videos) yet, you're in for a treat. High-resolution video lets students explore physical processes by directly measuring how they move. This lesson focuses on conservation of momentum in a cannon-pendulum system.

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Dec 15, 2016

Investigations to support core proficiencies via use of data available through national laboratories. Activities include Top Quark Mass, Investigating Special Relativity, Cosmic Ray e-Lab, Search for Higgs, and Sloan Sky Server Project.

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