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Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work ` - Jan 1, 2024

Integrate physics and biology in this lab, inspired by an article in The Physics Teacher magazine. Students model signal transmission along an axon by using vinyl tubing filled with salted gelatin.

Photoelectric Effect: An AAPT Mini-Unit for High School Physics ` - Jan 1, 2024

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

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Jan 1, 2024

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).

Determining Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets ` - Jan 1, 2024

Eixplore how spectroscopic instruments on space-based telescopes are providing information about atmospheres of distant planets.

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations ` - Oct 30, 2023

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.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science ` - Oct 30, 2023

Comprehensive instructional unit for Grades 8-12 will promote understanding of how real scientists design experiments, collect data, perform investigations, and communicate findings.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height ` - May 23, 2023

Using TARC-approved model rockets, integrate physics & engineering by using thrust curves to predict maximum height. Great possibility for summer science camp.

Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision ` - Jan 1, 2023

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 ` - Jan 1, 2023

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

Roller Coaster Science: Using Smartphones to Measure g-Forces ` - Jul 10, 2022

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

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