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

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

Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision ` - Jun 2, 2018

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.

NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures ` - Jun 2, 2018

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

CIESE Real Time Data Projects: Tsunami Surge ` - May 3, 2018

Cross disciplinary resource blends physics, earth science, and global history to get students excited about the science of tsunamis. Use real-time data to see how various global agencies monitor for tsunami activity, then develop your own "preparedness plan".

Song Science: Build Your Own Vinyl Record Player ` - May 3, 2018

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

Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission ` - Mar 7, 2018

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.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science ` - Mar 7, 2018

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

Direct Measurement Video: Ballistic Pendulum ` - Mar 7, 2018

If you haven't discovered DMVs (Direct Measurement Videos) yet, you're in for a treat. High-resolution video lets students explore physical processes by directly measuring how they move. This lesson focuses on conservation of momentum in a cannon-pendulum system.

NEED Project: Energy of Moving Water ` - Mar 7, 2018

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

PhET Teacher Activities-Middle School: Build An Atom ` - Dec 28, 2017

Exemplary turn-key, scripted lesson plan that blends hands-on activities with the PhET simulation "Build An Atom". Excellent way to help kids visualize atomic structure.

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