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Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission ` - Mar 16, 2019

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.

Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision ` - Mar 16, 2019

This lesson blends a hands-on lab with an interactive simulation to explore color addition/subtraction and color filters. Can be adapted for either middle or high school.

Song Science: Build Your Own Vinyl Record Player ` - Mar 16, 2019

Complete lesson with assessment integrates engineering design and acoustics, as students build a homemade record player to investigate pitch, timbre, and sound intensity.

Eclipse Science: Modeling Eclipses in the Solar System ` - Mar 15, 2019

Blend physics and Earth/Space science to build a physical model that explores the geometry of eclipse events. Appropriate for Grades 6-10.

Photoelectric Effect: An AAPT Mini-Unit for High School Physics ` - Dec 20, 2018

Students build simple electroscopes out of tinsel to gather evidence for the energy needed to cause the photoelectric effect.

NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures ` - Dec 20, 2018

This NASA-sponsored design challenge would be a great choice for a summer camp learning experience.

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Nov 2, 2018

Use images from NASA's Solar Heliophysics Observatory (SOHO) to make sense of motion graphs by measuring the speed of a coronal mass ejection (CME).

Roller Coaster Science: Using Smartphones to Measure g-Forces ` - Nov 2, 2018

Use smartphone accelerometer apps to record data and analyze g-Force on 3 types of popular amusement park rides.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height ` - Sep 2, 2018

Using TARC-approved model rockets, this lesson blends physics and engineering as students use thrust curves to predict maximum height.

UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside ` - Sep 2, 2018

Promote understanding of scientific inquiry as students analyze patterns in UPC barcodes to figure out their "language".

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