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CIESE Real Time Data Projects: Tsunami Surge - Jun 2, 2016

Cross disciplinary resource blends physics, earth science, and global history to get students excited about the science of tsunamis. Use real-time data to see how various global agencies monitor for tsunami activity, then develop your own "preparedness plan".

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work - Jun 2, 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.

Body Science: Calculating Body Fat Percentage - Jun 2, 2016

Integrate physics and biology in this high school lab that employs sausages as model "cadavers" for calculating fat content as a percentage of total mass.

Direct Measurement Video: Wave Properties - Jun 2, 2016

This resource features high-resolution video for interactive exploration of mechanical wave properties, plus link to a complete lesson plan.

PhET Teacher Activities-Middle School: Build An Atom - Mar 31, 2016

Exemplary turn-key, scripted lesson plan that blends hands-on activities with the PhET simulation "Build An Atom". Excellent way to help kids visualize atomic structure.

Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission - Mar 23, 2016

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.

TeachEngineering: Using Spectral Data to Explore Saturn - Mar 23, 2016

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.

PhET: Gas Laws Lesson Plan - Mar 23, 2016

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

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Mar 2, 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.

PBS Learning Media: Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? - Jan 3, 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.

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