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Counting Your Lucky Stars
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In this activity, learners sample a star field to estimate the number ...

In this activity, learners sample a star field to estimate the number of stars in the universe. This activity simulates how astronomers use sampling instead of census (counting) to more easily collect data in space. Learners predict, count, approximate, and average the number of stars in a Star Field Sheet.

Subject:
Astronomy
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Activities and Labs
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Simulations
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NASA
Author:
Berlina Taylor
Shannon Ricles
Tim Hatok
Cross Section and Slope
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In this example, students learn how to read a topographic map and ...

In this example, students learn how to read a topographic map and understand map contours. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

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Mathematics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Design and Manufacturing I, Spring 2009
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" Welcome to 2.007! This course is a first subject in engineering ...

" Welcome to 2.007! This course is a first subject in engineering design. With your help, this course will be a great learning experience exposing you to interesting material, challenging you to think deeply, and providing skills useful in professional practice. A major element of the course is design of a robot to participate in a challenge that changes from year to year. This year, the theme is cleaning up the planet as inspired by the movie Wall-E."

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Manufacturing
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Frey, Daniel
Gossard, David
A Different Way of Measuring
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In this experiment, students measure the area of a dime using methods ...

In this experiment, students measure the area of a dime using methods similar to those used by scientists to measure the size of atoms. When working with atoms, scientists sometimes have to invent new ways of doing simple things. For instance, scientists can't use a ruler to measure the size of an atom's nucleus. This activity shows how ratios can be used to calculate the area covered by an object.

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Activities and Labs
Provider:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
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Jefferson Lab
Dollar Signs
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In this activity, learners use number sense and mental math strategies to ...

In this activity, learners use number sense and mental math strategies to estimate the price of a sign. Learners pretend they are in charge of making signs for businesses and must calculate the cost of three orders using estimation. This activity provides an opportunity for learners to practice making estimates of the sum of more than two numbers. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

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Education
Mathematics
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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
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Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Dueling Dice
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In this activity, learners explore probability with dice. Learners estimate how many ...

In this activity, learners explore probability with dice. Learners estimate how many times they will need to roll two dice until they get a matching pair and then compare their estimates to the actual results. Learners conduct the same test using five dice. This activity provides experience with probability that allows learners to discover the relationship between opportunity for something to occur and its probability. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

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Education
Mathematics
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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:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Economic Argument About Increasing Fuel Efficiency
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Critique of an economic argument about increasing fuel efficiency involving linear and ...

Critique of an economic argument about increasing fuel efficiency involving linear and exponential growth.

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Education
Mathematics
Economics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Quantitative Writing (SERC)
Author:
Bernard Madison
Estimating Length Using Scientific Notation
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This lesson unit is intended to help teachers assess how well students ...

This lesson unit is intended to help teachers assess how well students are able to: estimate lengths of everyday objects; convert between decimal and scientific notation; and make comparisons of the size of numbers expressed in both decimal and scientific notation.

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Assessments
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Shell Center for Mathematical Education
U.C. Berkeley
Provider Set:
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Estimating Pi by Throwing Darts
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You can throw a collection of randomly-generated darts at a target. Some ...

You can throw a collection of randomly-generated darts at a target. Some hit, some miss. We can use this to estimate Pi. Recommendation: Double-click the geogebra window to open separately. You may then simply use F9 to regenerate a new set o

Subject:
Geometry
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
GeoGebra
Provider Set:
GeoGebraTube
Estimating Planar Areas Using Analogue Methods
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This math problem determines the areas of simple and complex planar figures ...

This math problem determines the areas of simple and complex planar figures using measurement of mass and proportional constructs. Materials are inexpensive or easily found (poster board, scissors, ruler, sharp pencil, right angle), but also requires use of an analytical balance (suggestions are provided for working with less precise weighing tools). This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Estimations and Approximations: The Money Munchers
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This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students ...

This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to: Model a situation; make sensible, realistic assumptions and estimates; and use assumptions and estimates to create a chain of reasoning, in order to solve a practical problem.

Subject:
Geometry
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Assessments
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Shell Center for Mathematical Education
U.C. Berkeley
Provider Set:
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)
Estimator Quiz
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Test your estimation skills by answering questions. This quiz asks you to ...

Test your estimation skills by answering questions. This quiz asks you to estimate the answer to addition, multiplication, and percentage questions. Choose difficulty level, question types, and time. Estimator Quiz is one of the Interactivate assessment quizzes.

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Computer Science
Education
Mathematics
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Activities and Labs
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Student Guide
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Shodor
SMARTR
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Experimenting with STEM: The Barbie Bungee Jump
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Eighth grade teacher Patrick Roda has students apply their knowledge of the ...

Eighth grade teacher Patrick Roda has students apply their knowledge of the line of best fit to design successful bungee jumps. He tells students that they will test their bungee jumps in the stairwell, with the goal of getting Barbie as close to the ground as possible without touching the bottom step. Patrick has his students begin by constructing a bungee with two rubber bands, attaching a Barbie, and measuring how far the Barbie falls. Students add more rubber bands, perform multiple trials, and record their results in a table. Using their collected data, students construct a scatter plot and determine an equation for the line of best fit. After making predictions about the performance of their bungee jumps, the students test their bungee jumps and discuss their results as a class.

Subject:
Engineering
Algebra
Functions
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Fill it to Capacity
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In this math lesson, learners rotate through six estimating and measuring centers. ...

In this math lesson, learners rotate through six estimating and measuring centers. First, learners read the book, "Room for Ripley" by Stuart J. Murphy, as an introduction to measurement and estimation. Next, learners visit the six centers. At each center, learners estimate and measure how many cups of water it will take to fill various containers.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
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:
Utah Education Network
Utah LessonPlans
Fire: Estimating Percent
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This activity will help you to learn about percents! In the activity, ...

This activity will help you to learn about percents! In the activity, you will be estimating the percent of trees burned and the number that actually burned in a devastating forest fire.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Fraction Matcher
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Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in this fractions game. Challenge ...

Match shapes and numbers to earn stars in this fractions game. Challenge yourself on any level you like. Try to collect lots of stars! The main topics of this interactive simulation include fractions, equivalent fractions, and mixed numbers.

Subject:
Measurement and Data
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Ariel Paul
Kathy Perkins
Mike Dubson
Noah Podolefsky
PhET Interactive Simulations
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein