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Fun with Flatware
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This is a series of three quick science activities to do with ... More

This is a series of three quick science activities to do with a spoon, knife, and fork. In the first two activities, learners use the flatware to explore optics, mirrors, reflection, and distortion. In the third activity, learners use the flatware to explore sound and vibration. Less

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Science and Technology
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Colorado State University
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Colorado State University
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Giant Lens
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In this activity about light and refraction, learners discover how a lens ... More

In this activity about light and refraction, learners discover how a lens creates an image that hangs in midair. A large Fresnel lens creates upside-down images of distant objects and right-side-up images of nearby objects. Learners can locate the upside-down images by using a piece of white paper as a screen. The right-side-up images are harder to find. Activity includes detailed explanations and diagrams to explain how the images are created. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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California Department of Education
Don Rathjen
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
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Hands on Learning, Demonstrations on Video
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Watch science come alive in demonstrations of magnetic levitation techniques, ways to ... More

Watch science come alive in demonstrations of magnetic levitation techniques, ways to rig a sailboat, and much more. See video on: Atomic Physics & Quantum Effects; Circular Motion & Rotation; Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics; Electric Circuits; Electromagnetism; Electrostatics; Fluid Mechanics; Geometric Optics; Kinematics; Kinetic Theory & Thermodynamics; Magnetic Fields; Newton's Laws of Motion; Oscillations & Gravitation; Physical Optics; Systems of particles, Linear Momentum; Temperature & Heat; Waves; Work, Energy, Power. Less

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Science and Technology
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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MIT Highlights for High School
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Lewin, Walter
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Helping Students Discover Total Internal Reflection
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Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to ... More

Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to a situation, then are given another situation where it "doesn't work."??? This situation turns out to be one in which total internal reflection occurs. Students are then shown what happens with classroom apparatus. Less

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Simulations
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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Pedagogy in Action
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Kathleen Harper
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How to Make a Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and ... More

In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and photos showing how the assembly is performed are provided. Less

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Science and Technology
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NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
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Dr. John Greivenkamp
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Introduction to Electromagnetism
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In this course, the student will first learn about waves and oscillations ... More

In this course, the student will first learn about waves and oscillations in extended objects using classical mechanics. The course will then examine the sources and laws that govern static electricity and magnetism. A brief look at electrical measurements and circuits will help establish how electromagnetic effects are observed, measured, and applied. These topics lead to an examination of how Maxwell's equations unify electric and magnetic effects and how the solutions to Maxwell's equations describe electromagnetic radiation, which will serve as the basis for understanding all electromagnetic radiation, from very low frequency radiation emitted by power transmission lines to the most powerful astrophysical gamma rays. The course also investigates optics and launches a brief overview of Einstein's special theory of relativity. A basic knowledge of calculus is assumed. (Physics 102; See also: Biology 110, Chemistry 002, Mechanical Engineering 006) Less

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Science and Technology
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The Saylor Foundation
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Saylor Foundation
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Investigating Light: A Form of Energy You Can See
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This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our ... More

This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our study of how light travels and how it behaves when it hits an object. Less

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Science and Technology
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
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Gloria Brandt
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Investigating Light Properties
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This activity is lab oriented where students will observe that light travels ... More

This activity is lab oriented where students will observe that light travels in a straight line and is reflected, redirected, absorbed, or passes through objects. Less

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
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Barbara Chapman
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Investigating White Light: What Colors Make Up White Light?
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This activity is an investigation of what colors make up white light. ... More

This activity is an investigation of what colors make up white light. Students will explore through two different hands-on activities. Less

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
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Sarah Fritzke Jordan
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Is There Life in Space?
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In this investigation, students will explore the question: Can there be life ... More

In this investigation, students will explore the question: Can there be life outside of Earth? Students will use planet hunting models to discover how scientists find new planets and perform simulated spectroscopic measurements to determine if the chemical requirements for life are present. Less

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Concord Consortium
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Concord Consortium Collection
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The Concord Consortium
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Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, learners build inexpensive kaleidoscopes using transparency paper and foil ... More

In this activity, learners build inexpensive kaleidoscopes using transparency paper and foil (instead of mirrors). Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to optics, light, mirrors, and geometry. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Centers
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Light & Sound, Light Reflection Relay
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This activity is an experiment where students learn about angles of reflection ... More

This activity is an experiment where students learn about angles of reflection and use that knowledge to reflect a light beam around obstacles to a target across the classroom. Less

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
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Mary Kurvers
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Light, optics and lenses
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Physical Science Content Standard B of the National Science Education Standards encompasses ... More

Physical Science Content Standard B of the National Science Education Standards encompasses transfer of energy and specifically states, Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). We begin with early investigations into the nature of light that culminated in the current understanding of the nature of light, both visible and invisible as the same physical laws apply to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. From there students are ready to explore the interaction of light with various surfaces, producing a variety of perceptible effects. Finally, students will be able to apply their knowledge through construction, critique, and assessment of their own optical devices or interpretation of optically derived data. Less

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Science and Technology
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Ohio State University
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Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Kimberly Lightle
Mary LeFever
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Magic Disc
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In this activity, learners create an optical illusion by spinning two attached ... More

In this activity, learners create an optical illusion by spinning two attached cups. A round ball seems to magically appear when the cups spin. Less

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Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
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Magic Wand
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In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin ... More

In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin air. Using a simple set up of a slide projector, slide, moveable screen or poster board, and a "wand", learners investigate how we see projected images such as those from movies and television. Use this activity to help learners understand concepts associated with light and optics including persistence of vision, reflection, and map projection. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
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The Magic of Optics: Now you see it, now you don't
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A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of ... More

A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of mineral oil. Useful demonstration to introduce to concept of refraction (and/or partial reflection). Less

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Activities and Labs
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Simulations
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
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Pedagogy in Action
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Nathaniel Lasry
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Magnify It
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This activity is an introduction to a magnifying glass as a science ... More

This activity is an introduction to a magnifying glass as a science tool. Less

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Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
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Lesson Plans
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
Author:
Lotzer, Ruth
Ruth Lotzer, Hale Elementary, Mpls., MN
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Measure Your Ability to See
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In this exercise (Activity #2 on page), learners test their distance vision ... More

In this exercise (Activity #2 on page), learners test their distance vision to evaluate their overall eyesight. Learners attempt to read the letters on a Snellen Eye Chart from 20 feet away, while covering one eye at a time. Learners consider what the results of this test say about their eyesight and how glasses improve vision. Note: This exercise is not meant to accurately measure learners' vision, and is not a substitute for professional vision analysis. Less

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Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Diane M. Szaflarski, Ph.D.
National Health Museum
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Measuring Your Blind Spot
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In this activity, learners calculate the width (horizontal diameter) of the blind ... More

In this activity, learners calculate the width (horizontal diameter) of the blind spot on their retina. Learners make a blind spot tester using a piece of notebook paper. They use simple geometry of similar triangles to calculate the size of the blind spot. Less

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric H. Chudler
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
University of Washington
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