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Aqua-Thrusters!
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Aqua-Thrusters!

In this activity, students construct their own rocket-powered boat called an "aqua-thruster." ... (more)

In this activity, students construct their own rocket-powered boat called an "aqua-thruster." These aqua-thrusters will be made from a film canister and will use carbon dioxide gas produced from a chemical reaction between an antacid tablet and water to propel it. Students observe the effect that surface area of this simulated solid rocket fuel has on thrust. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Backyard Biodiesel
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Backyard Biodiesel

In this activity, learners make a small batch of biodiesel that will ... (more)

In this activity, learners make a small batch of biodiesel that will work in any diesel engine. Learners use an old juice bottle as a "reactor" vessel to chemically process vegetable oil into fuel. Learners will discover that making biodiesel is much like cooking, since both are forgiving of improvisation and both require careful technique. This step by step instruction guide includes safety recommendations because the home-brewing process involves flammable, poisonous, and caustic chemicals, alcohols, and lye. Follow all directions carefully and ensure a responsible adult is present. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Make
Rob Elam
Blast Off
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Blast Off

Rockets need a lot of thrust to get into space. In this ... (more)

Rockets need a lot of thrust to get into space. In this lesson, students learn how rocket thrust is generated with propellant. The two types of propellants are discussed and relation to their use on rockets is investigated. Students learn why engineers need to know the different properties of propellants. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
Breaking Up with Combustion
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Breaking Up with Combustion

This activity teaches combustion as the interaction of a fuel source and ... (more)

This activity teaches combustion as the interaction of a fuel source and oxygen. A burning candle is observed, then extinguished--first by a glass cup placed over it to cut off the oxygen supply, then using carbon dioxide generated by vinegar and baking soda. Some background information is provided about how car engines use gasoline as fuel, and how humans use food as fuel-- both are similar to how the candle uses wax as fuel. The activity is written for a kit that can be checked out of the library, but the kit is not required. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Mount Holyoke College
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Maisie Shaw
Maria Gomez
Mount Holyoke College
Environmental Challenges in China: From Rural Villages to Big Cities
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Environmental Challenges in China: From Rural Villages to Big Cities

Students learn about the wonderful and fascinating country of China, and its ... (more)

Students learn about the wonderful and fascinating country of China, and its environmental challenges that require engineering solutions, many in the form of increased energy efficiency, the incorporation of renewable energy, and new engineering developments for urban and rural areas. China is fast becoming an extremely influential factor in our world today, and will likely have a large role in shaping the decades ahead. China is the world's largest energy consumer and the largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions, leading engineers and scientists to be concerned about the role these emissions play in rural and urban public and environmental health, as well as in global climate change. Through exploring some sources of air pollution, appropriate housing for different climate zones, and the types of renewable energy, the lessons and activities of this unit present ways that engineers are helping people in China, using an approach to cleaner, smarter, healthier and more-efficient ways of living that apply to people wherever they live. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Abigail T. Watrous, Stephanie Rivale, Janet Yowell, Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
TeachEngineering.org
Finding the Carbon in Sugar
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Finding the Carbon in Sugar

In this activity about combustion and energy, learners observe a burning candle ... (more)

In this activity about combustion and energy, learners observe a burning candle in a sealed jar and the burning of white sugar. The first part of the activity (candle burning) should be conducted as a demonstration. The second part may be conducted by learners working in groups of 2-4 or as a demonstration. This activity guide includes background information, questions for learners to think about, and bilingual (English/Spanish) handouts. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Unit of Study
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
BioEdOnline
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
BioEd
Judith Dresden
Nancy P. Moreno
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Fire Story
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Fire Story

In this online interactive, learners investigate fires, particularly the causes and behavior ... (more)

In this online interactive, learners investigate fires, particularly the causes and behavior of forest fires, as well as how the National Park Service deals with fires. Learners modify conditions (density of forest or "fuel", weather, and terrain slope) to see how fast a simulated fire spreads. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Best Buy Children's Foundation
National Park Service
Fire Weather Patterns in Australia: Southeast Australia
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Fire Weather Patterns in Australia: Southeast Australia

The module illustrates the typical synoptic pattern influencing fire weather in southeast ... (more)

The module illustrates the typical synoptic pattern influencing fire weather in southeast Australia. A case study provides insight into how experienced forecasters combine the four key ingredients—wind, temperature, dew point temperature, and fuel state—to produce a fire danger index value and resulting forecast policy map. Then, a case exercise allows the learner to practice using weather and fuel data to create a fire weather forecast policy map for southeastern Australia. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
COMET/MetEd Program Collection
Author:
COMET
Fuel Cells
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Fuel Cells

In this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, hydrogen fuel cell cars ... (more)

In this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, hydrogen fuel cell cars promise pollution-free driving, but will we see them anytime soon? ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Argosy Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Fuel Effectiveness
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Fuel Effectiveness

This module works on relating chemistry to students’ everyday experiences with work ... (more)

This module works on relating chemistry to students’ everyday experiences with work on combustion reactions, including testing different grades of fuel. It also talks about how engine function relates to octane use and combustion reactions. A final, more informative activity, helps students determine which percentage of octane fuel they should purchase for their cars. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Homework and Assignments
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Provider Set:
Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science (ICLCS)
Author:
Beth Roy
Deanna Keeney
Janice Capelle
Jeremy Palmer
Peter Bertling
Fuel Mystery Dis-Solved!
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Fuel Mystery Dis-Solved!

In this activity, students investigate the simulated use of solid rocket fuel ... (more)

In this activity, students investigate the simulated use of solid rocket fuel by using an antacid tablet. Students observe the effect that surface area and temperature has on chemical reactions. Also, students compare the reaction time using two different reactants: water and vinegar. Finally, students report their results using a bar graph. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Game: Space Station
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Game: Space Station

Help save a space station from doom! Float outside of the station ... (more)

Help save a space station from doom! Float outside of the station and fix essential parts to keep it from breaking down. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Games
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Student Guide
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Twin Cities Public Television
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
DragonflyTV
Author:
DragonflyTV
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Getting There!: Navigation and Trajectory
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Getting There!: Navigation and Trajectory

In this two-part activity, learners map a navigation plan to get from ... (more)

In this two-part activity, learners map a navigation plan to get from Earth to Mars and back. In activity one, learners represent the orbital paths of Earth through dance and dramatic movement. In activity two, learners working in pairs plot the paths (trajectories) of a spacecraft traveling between Earth and Mars in the year 2018 and returning in 2020, while using the minimum amount of fuel. This lesson guide includes background information, suggested questions, answer keys, and handouts. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Houston Museum of Natural Science
NASA
NASA-Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Investigating and Using Biomass Gases
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Investigating and Using Biomass Gases

In this activity, learners will be introduced to biomass gasification and will ... (more)

In this activity, learners will be introduced to biomass gasification and will generate their own biomass gases. Learners generate these gases everyday on their own and find it quite amusing, but this time theyäóťll do it by heating wood pellets or wood splints in a test tube. They will collect the resulting gases and use the gas to roast a marshmallow. Learners will also evaluate which biomass fuel is the best either according to their own criteria or by examining the volume of gas produced by each type of fuel. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric Benson
Melissa Highfill
U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Jam Jar Jet
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Jam Jar Jet

In this activity, learners create a "Jam Jar Jet" based on Francois ... (more)

In this activity, learners create a "Jam Jar Jet" based on Francois Reynst's discovery of a pulsejet engine, which uses one opening for both air intake and exhaust. Learners will be amazed at the deep blue, noisy flame that grows and shrinks and "breathes" fire in the jar. Learners can add salt or boric acid crystals to change the color of the flames. Use this activity to explore combustion and/or aerospace engineering. This resource includes step by step instructions with helpful photographs, trouble-shooting tips, and resources. This is an advanced project that should only be undertaken with appropriate safety precautions. Follow all directions carefully. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Make
William Gurstelle
Jet Propulsion
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Jet Propulsion

In this two-part activity, learners work in pairs to examine the four ... (more)

In this two-part activity, learners work in pairs to examine the four basic stages of a turbine engine. During the first part of the lesson, learners visit three stations: Combustion, Compression, and Intake to discover what happens as different forces act on air. In the second part, learners build a model of a turbine engine. This activity emphasizes the scientific method including prediction, observation, data collection, and analysis. This lesson plan includes instructions on how to set up the stations, discussion questions, diagrams, black-line masters, and sample worksheets for learners. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
Molecular Structure of Coronene
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Molecular Structure of Coronene

Coronene is a yellow fibrous powder that is fairly stable, but combustible. ... (more)

Coronene is a yellow fibrous powder that is fairly stable, but combustible. This PAH is a major compound in gasoline engine exhaust. Coronene was recently discovered to be responsible for some astronomical phenomena, that being the effect of infrared absorption of starlight caused by the excitation of the compound s molecular vibrational modes. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Data
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Indiana University Molecular Structure Center
Provider Set:
Reciprocal Net: A Distributed Crystallography Network for Researchers, Students, and the General Public
Author:
Common molecules
Obtained courtesy of the Cambridge Structural Database
Molecular Structure of Ethanol
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Molecular Structure of Ethanol

Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid that has a very distinct alcohol ... (more)

Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid that has a very distinct alcohol smell. It was discovered/made as far back as 6000 B.C. in the production of beer and wine. The Chinese were the first to distill it from fermented rice liquor. It is fermented from glucose sugars of plant cell walls. Ethanol is the primary ingredient in alcoholic beverages and is a central nervous system depressant in humans. It is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and reacts violently with oxidants. Henry Ford used ethanol to run the first engine for the Model T. Currently, there is a lot of research related to increasing use of ethanol as a fuel to help the environment and offset the demand of oil since it burns much cleaner than oil and is a renewable resource. Ethanol is commonly used as a disinfectant; it kills organisms by denaturing their proteins and dissolving their lipids: it is effective against most bacteria and fungi, and many viruses, but is ineffective against bacterial spores. This disinfectant property of ethanol is the reason that alcoholic beverages can be stored for a long time. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Data
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Indiana University Molecular Structure Center
Provider Set:
Reciprocal Net: A Distributed Crystallography Network for Researchers, Students, and the General Public
Author:
Common molecules
Contributed by Indiana University
Molecular Structure of Isobutane
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Molecular Structure of Isobutane

Isobutane is a colorless, odorless flammable gas that is relatively stable and ... (more)

Isobutane is a colorless, odorless flammable gas that is relatively stable and inert to most chemical reagents. It has been used in aerosol propellants, aviation fluid additives, and industrial as well as household fuels. This compound occurs in small amounts in natural gas and in petroleum crude oil. It has also been measured in diesel exhaust and cigarette smoke. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Data
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Indiana University Molecular Structure Center
Provider Set:
Reciprocal Net: A Distributed Crystallography Network for Researchers, Students, and the General Public
Author:
Common molecules
Contributed by Indiana University
Molecular Structure of Methane
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Molecular Structure of Methane

Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon, but certainly not the least important. It ... (more)

Methane is the simplest hydrocarbon, but certainly not the least important. It is an important fuel source providing electricity, thermal energy and transportation fuel. Unfortunately, the second largest source of greenhouse emissions is methane, most of which is released from landfills. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
Indiana University Molecular Structure Center
Provider Set:
Reciprocal Net: A Distributed Crystallography Network for Researchers, Students, and the General Public
Author:
Common molecules
Contributed by Indiana University
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