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DNA Science: Modeling Rosalind Franklin's Discovery with a Pen Spring ` - Jan 6, 2022

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


Periscope Video Lessons ` - Jan 6, 2022

This robust free PD collection fuses research-based best practices in physics education with authentic short videos that apply the practices in the classroom.


NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football ` - Jan 6, 2022

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


Energy Theater: Exploring Energy Transfer and Transformation ` - Aug 20, 2021

Want to shake up your middle school Energy Unit? Try this AAPT lesson, where students play the role of "Energy Actors" to gain insight into how energy moves and changes form.


Physlet Physics - Mechanics 3E ` - Apr 12, 2021

Physlet Physics Section 1 (Mechanics) is now mobile and tablet-friendly! Each chapter features three resource types: Illustrations, Explorations, and Simulation-Based Problems.


Physics for Video Games ` - Apr 12, 2021

Free online textbook supports 1-semester course in the physics of video games. Developed by PER researcher Aaron Titus; includes labs and activities using Tracker and Vpython.


PhET Simulation: Faraday's Law - HTML5 ` - Dec 20, 2018

Newer HTML5 simulation by PhET introduces learners to Faraday's Law as they move a magnet through large and small coils. Great for beginners!


Squishy Circuits ` - Jun 2, 2018

HUGELY fun activity to introduce younger kids to electric circuits. "Squishy" dough is quickly made from scratch. Start with a simple series circuit and go creative!


Direct Measurement Video: Wave Properties ` - Mar 7, 2018

Analyze frequency, amplitude, and wavelength with this very high-resolution video. Use the overlay tools for measurement.


Concord Consortium: Atomic Structure ` - Nov 16, 2017

Give your students a powerful way to explore the orbital model of an atom. They can play with mass and charge, create different isotopes, and build atomic models that identify patterns.

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