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Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work ` - Jan 6, 2022

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.

Photoelectric Effect: An AAPT Mini-Unit for High School Physics ` - Jan 6, 2022

Students build simple electroscopes out of tinsel to gather evidence for the energy needed to cause the photoelectric effect.

Determining Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets ` - Jan 6, 2022

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

NBC Learn: Science of NFL Football ` - Nov 11, 2021

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 ` - Nov 11, 2021

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: Energy of Motion ` - Nov 11, 2021

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

Navigational Vectors ` - Aug 20, 2021

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.

Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Motion ` - Aug 20, 2021

This learning cycle features 19 videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing fundamentals of motion in introductory physics courses. Each video includes learning goal, prior information needed to understand the material, and elicitation questions. Topics include constant velocity, constant acceleration, falling objects, projectiles, and the physics of juggling.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science ` - Aug 20, 2021

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

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.

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