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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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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