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CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Nov 2, 2018

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).

Roller Coaster Science: Using Smartphones to Measure g-Forces ` - Nov 2, 2018

Use smartphone accelerometer apps to record data and analyze g-Force on 3 types of popular amusement park rides.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height ` - Sep 2, 2018

Using TARC-approved model rockets, this lesson blends physics and engineering as students use thrust curves to predict maximum height.

UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside ` - Sep 2, 2018

Promote understanding of scientific inquiry as students analyze patterns in UPC barcodes to figure out their "language".

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations ` - Sep 2, 2018

Investigations to support core proficiencies via use of data available through national laboratories. Activities include Top Quark Mass, Investigating Special Relativity, Cosmic Ray e-Lab, Search for Higgs, and Sloan Sky Server Project.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion ` - Sep 2, 2018

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

Visionlearning: The Process of Science ` - Sep 2, 2018

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

Navigational Vectors ` - Sep 2, 2018

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.

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.

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