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NASA Engineering Design Challenges: Spacecraft Structures - Sep 10, 2017

This is a NASA-sponsored engineering design challenge for Grades 6-9 to to construct and test a model thrust structure that is as light as possible, but strong enough to withstand a "launch-to-orbit" three times.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Sep 10, 2017

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 - Sep 10, 2017

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

Jelly Filter Science: Exploring Color with Gelatin and Color Vision - Sep 10, 2017

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.

Eclipse Science: Modeling Eclipses in the Solar System - May 31, 2017

Blend physics and Earth/Space science to build a physical model that explores the geometry of eclipse events. Appropriate for Grades 6-10.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height - May 31, 2017

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

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work - May 31, 2017

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.

Cultural Astronomy -- Bringing the Heavens to Earth - May 31, 2017

This cross-curricular module from the Adler Planetarium explores astronomy from the cultural context of past societies and their observations of the heavens.

NEED Project: Energy of Moving Water - Mar 26, 2017

13 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy.

PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams - Jan 5, 2017

Complete lesson plan by a HS physics teacher to accompany the PhET simulation States of Matter. It explores how force interactions occur at the molecular level.

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