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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.

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work ` - Aug 20, 2021

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.

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Aug 20, 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).

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.

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.

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.

Determining Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets ` - Jan 1, 2021

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

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