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Energy Theater: Exploring Energy Transfer and Transformation ` - Nov 1, 2019

Want to shake up your middle school Energy Unit? Try this AAPT lesson, where students play the role of "Energy Actors" to gain insight into how energy moves and changes form.


Physlet Physics - Mechanics 3E ` - Nov 1, 2019

Physlet Physics Section 1 (Mechanics) is now mobile and tablet-friendly! Each chapter features three resource types: Illustrations, Explorations, and Simulation-Based Problems.


NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football ` - Nov 1, 2019

This video collection funded by NSF aims to spark interest in physics through the motion of football players & ball trajectory. Entertaining AND accurate science.


DNA Science: Modeling Rosalind Franklin's Discovery with a Pen Spring ` - Mar 16, 2019

Integrate physics/biology in this HS diffraction lab that lets students model the work of Rosalind Franklin in discovering the structure of DNA.


Star Spectra Science: Using Balloons and Buttons to Model Spectroscopy ` - Dec 20, 2018

This lesson blends physics and Earth Science as students explore star spectra using a physical model made of balloons and buttons.


PhET Simulation: Faraday's Law - HTML5 ` - Dec 20, 2018

Newer HTML5 simulation by PhET introduces learners to Faraday's Law as they move a magnet through large and small coils. Great for beginners!


Voice Science: Using Digital Tools to Explore Pitch and Amplitude ` - Dec 20, 2018

Interactive lesson blends a mobile phone oscilloscope app with a digital wave grapher to explore human voice patterns.


Physics Classroom: Graphs and Ramps Interactive ` - Sep 24, 2018

Try this newer interactive from The Physics Classroom. Can you build a ramp with the right configurations to match the given Position vs Time or Velocity vs Time graph? As you earn stars for correctly designing the ramps, you will be learning how why p/t and v/t graphs appear as they do.


Squishy Circuits ` - Jun 2, 2018

HUGELY fun activity to introduce younger kids to electric circuits. "Squishy" dough is quickly made from scratch. Start with a simple series circuit and go creative!


PhET Simulation: Charges and Fields ` - Mar 7, 2018

This PhET favorite has been rewritten to HTML5. Learn about variables that affect interactions among charged bodies by dragging + or - charges onto the field. You can  view voltage values, plot equipotential lines, and more.

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