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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.
NEED Project: Energy of Moving Water - Jan 3, 2016
13 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy.
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.
PhET Teacher Activities: My Solar System-Gravity Lab - Jan 3, 2016
This lesson gives kids explicit guidance in using the PhET simulation My Solar System to investigate factors that influence gravity.
PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams - Jan 3, 2016
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.
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.
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.
Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Oct 21, 2015
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: 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.
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.
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