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Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work ` - Jan 1, 2023

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.

Song Science: Build Your Own Vinyl Record Player ` - Jan 1, 2023

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 ` - Jan 1, 2023

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 ` - Jan 1, 2023

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, 2023

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

Visionlearning: The Process of Science ` - Sep 11, 2022

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

UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside ` - Jul 10, 2022

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

CME Science: Measuring the Velocity of a Coronal Mass Ejection ` - Jul 10, 2022

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 ` - Jul 10, 2022

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

Navigational Vectors ` - Jul 10, 2022

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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