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NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures ` - Apr 12, 2021

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

Song Science: Build Your Own Vinyl Record Player ` - Apr 12, 2021

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

Photoelectric Effect: An AAPT Mini-Unit for High School Physics ` - Apr 12, 2021

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 ` - Apr 12, 2021

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.

Determining Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets ` - Jan 1, 2021

Eixplore how spectroscopic instruments on space-based telescopes are providing information about atmospheres of distant planets.

NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football ` - Aug 19, 2020

Set of 10 videos to explore the science behind professional football. Addresses Newton's Laws, momentum and its conservation, Law of Inertia, vectors, center of mass, projectile motion, and more.

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Aug 19, 2020

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).

Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission ` - Mar 16, 2020

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.

Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion ` - Nov 1, 2019

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

Navigational Vectors ` - Nov 1, 2019

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.

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