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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.

PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams - Jun 9, 2015

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.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion - Jun 5, 2015

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

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Jun 5, 2015

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.

NEED Project: Energy of Moving Water - Jun 5, 2015

13 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy.

Magnet Man: Cool Experiments with Magnets - Jun 5, 2015

Lesson plans on this site builds magnetic concepts with video and hands-on activities.

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.

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.

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.

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