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UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside - Nov 22, 2016

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

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work - Oct 14, 2016

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 - Oct 14, 2016

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

Navigational Vectors - Oct 14, 2016

This unique and highly engaging project provides opportunities for students to apply understanding of vectors as they learn airplane navigation by tracking airplanes flying in U.S. skies.

Science NetLinks: Exploring Pendulums - Sep 10, 2016

Lesson for Grades 6-12 helps students understand how gravitational forces act on objects by exploring the motion of pendulums.

Body Science: Calculating Body Fat Percentage - Sep 10, 2016

Integrate physics and biology in this high school lab that employs sausages as model "cadavers" for calculating fat content as a percentage of total mass.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion - Sep 10, 2016

Multi-day unit for middle school explores kinetic and potential energy through waterwheels, roller coasters, bouncing balls, and a pendulum.

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Jul 16, 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.

Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission - Jul 16, 2016

As part of ground- and space-based missions, engineers design spectrographs and other amazing equipment to study our universe. This lab for high school physics lets students develop ground or space-based missions to accommodate their own spectrograph designs.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Jul 16, 2016

Comprehensive instructional unit for Grades 8-12 will promote understanding of how real scientists design experiments, collect data, perform investigations, and communicate findings.

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