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Photoelectric Effect: An AAPT Mini-Unit for High School Physics ` - Apr 3, 2020

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

Determining Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets ` - Apr 3, 2020

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

Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision ` - Mar 16, 2020

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.

Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission ` - Mar 16, 2020

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.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion ` - Nov 1, 2019

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

Navigational Vectors ` - Nov 1, 2019

This unique and highly engaging project provides opportunities for students to apply understanding of vectors as they learn airplane navigation by tracking airplanes flying in U.S. skies.

Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Motion ` - Nov 1, 2019

This learning cycle features 19 videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing fundamentals of motion in introductory physics courses. Each video includes learning goal, prior information needed to understand the material, and elicitation questions. Topics include constant velocity, constant acceleration, falling objects, projectiles, and the physics of juggling.

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Nov 1, 2019

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).

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

Set of 10 videos to explore the science behind professional football. Addresses Newton's Laws, momentum and its conservation, Law of Inertia, vectors, center of mass, projectile motion, and more.

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.

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