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TryEngineering: Solar Structures - Jan 3, 2016

3-day unit explores passive solar design: students work on teams to build & test a scaled solar "house" that meets quality constraints.

NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures - Oct 21, 2015

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.

PBS Learning Media: Forces Lab - Oct 21, 2015

4-part interactive for Grades 4-8 explores forces crucial to structural engineering: compression, tension, torque, and shear. Highly engaging way for kids to investigate how materials will respond to applied force.

NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter - Oct 21, 2015

Classroom investigation for high school physics or chemistry: focuses on light absorption/scattering and ultraviolet light. Can be adapted as a 3-day mini-unit of a longer two-week Project Based Learning activity.

Cultural Astronomy -- Bringing the Heavens to Earth - Oct 21, 2015

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

TryEngineering: Lesson Plans - Aug 17, 2015

Want to do more integration of engineering practices? Here are turn-key lessons with student guides and worksheets.

PBS Learning Media: Investigating Kinetic and Potential Energy - Aug 17, 2015

This multi-day module engages multiple sensory paths and learning styles through video, interactive simulation, animations, hands-on activities, and computational reasoning exercises. Developed for use in middle school.

TryEngineering: Interactive Gumball Machine - Jun 9, 2015

Kids explore kinetic and potential energy as they work on engineering design teams to build the best gumball slide. For grades 7-9.

Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets - Jun 5, 2015

Lesson plans on this site builds magnetic concepts with video and hands-on activities.

SERC Pedagogic Library: Total Internal Reflection - Mar 16, 2015

This lesson plan uses evidence-based best practice to introduce the concept of TIR (total internal reflection) in the high school physics classroom.

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