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Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision ` - Mar 21, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams ` - Dec 28, 2017

Complete lesson plan by a HS physics teacher to accompany the PhET simulation States of Matter. It explores how force interactions occur at the molecular level.

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.

PhET: Teacher Ideas and Activities-Wave Unit ` - Dec 28, 2017

Standards-based unit on wave interactions created by a high school teacher for use with PhET simulations. Great use of multimedia!

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work ` - Nov 16, 2017

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.

NASA ARES Project: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries ` - Nov 16, 2017

Outstanding collection of 19 lesson plans to explore meteorites and their effects upon impact with Earth. Meets multiple NGSS standards for Earth Science and Physical Science.

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