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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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