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

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

NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures - Mar 26, 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.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height - Mar 26, 2017

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

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.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Dec 15, 2016

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

PBS Learning Media: Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? - Dec 15, 2016

Multimedia lesson lets kids build an apparatus to create their own snow crystals. Simulations help them visualize the forces that interact at the molecular scale to create these wonders of nature.

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.

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