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NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football - Sep 10, 2017

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


Nanoreisen: Adventures Beyond the Decimal - Sep 10, 2017

See the wonder and strange beauty of matter at the smallest known dimensions in our universe in this "nano-journey" formatted in descending powers of 10. View a human cell, an LED, and a laptop microchip.


PhET Simulation: Energy Forms and Changes - Sep 10, 2017

Build your own system to convert mechanical, light, or chemical energy into electrical or thermal energy.


SERC: Direct Measurement Video Library - May 31, 2017

Excellent collection of short, very high-resolution videos of real events lets students actively explore physical phenomena. Includes frame-counters and overlay tools for making precise measurements. Solid pedagogy, great fun!


DNA Science: Modeling Rosalind Franklin's Discovery with a Pen Spring - May 31, 2017

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


Star Spectra Science: Using Balloons and Buttons to Model Spectroscopy - May 31, 2017

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


Eclipse Science: Modeling Eclipses in the Solar System - Mar 29, 2017

Explore the geometry of eclipse events with this low-cost AAPT-created lesson. Super easy to set up!


PhET Collision Lab - Dec 31, 2016

Feature-rich simulation lets you explore collisions in 1D or 2D. You can adjust mass of the balls, set elasticity from 0-100%, and view position & velocity values for data analysis.


Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics - Dec 31, 2016

Completely turn-key resource for a unit on momentum and collision. Fascinating video plus four comprehensive classroom activities.


Virtual Microscope: Scanning Probe Microscopy Basics - Dec 31, 2016

What is a scanning probe microscope & how does it "see" atomic resolution to create images of nanoscale specimens? Find out in this animated tutorial.

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