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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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Navigational Vectors - Aug 17, 2015

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.

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