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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.

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.

PBS Learning Media: Investigating Kinetic and Potential Energy - Aug 17, 2015

This multi-day module engages multiple sensory paths and learning styles through video, interactive simulation, animations, hands-on activities, and computational reasoning exercises. Developed for use in middle school.

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.

TryEngineering: Lesson Plans - Aug 17, 2015

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

Direct Measurement Video: Ballistic Pendulum - Aug 17, 2015

If you haven't discovered DMVs (Direct Measurement Videos) yet, you're in for a treat. High-resolution video lets students explore physical processes by directly measuring how they move. This lesson focuses on conservation of momentum in a cannon-pendulum system.

TryEngineering: Interactive Gumball Machine - Jun 9, 2015

Kids explore kinetic and potential energy as they work on engineering design teams to build the best gumball slide. For grades 7-9.

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