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Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission - Mar 16, 2015

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.

PhET Teacher Activities: My Solar System-Gravity Lab - Mar 16, 2015

This lesson gives kids explicit guidance in using the PhET simulation My Solar System to investigate factors that influence gravity.

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.

TryEngineering: Lesson Plans - Mar 7, 2015

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

PhET: Gas Laws Lesson Plan - Mar 7, 2015

This lesson plan is a companion to the simulation "Gas Properties" and includes a series of questions, graphs and tasks with student worksheets available.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion - Mar 6, 2015

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

Teachers' Domain: Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? - Jan 2, 2015

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.

Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve - Jan 2, 2015

A great activity for getting students excited about projectile motion and conservation of momentum. It features a mock murder scene involving a man shot with a handgun. Using the Problem-Based Learning method, students work cooperatively to solve the case by applying physics.

TeachEngineering: Using Spectral Data to Explore Saturn - Jan 2, 2015

Using authentic data from the Cassini mission, students compare the chemical composition of Earth, Saturn, and Titan. Package includes lesson, worksheet with answer key, Power Point warm-up, and Flash interactive activity.

CERN: Antimatter Teaching Module - Nov 3, 2014

Comprehensive set of materials for teaching about antimatter in a high school physics course.

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