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The Effect of Land Masses on Climate
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In this video produced by ThinkTV, explore the effects of land masses ... More

In this video produced by ThinkTV, explore the effects of land masses on local climate conditions, and learn about regional impacts of land-atmosphere interactions. Less

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
ThinkTV
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The Effects of Global Warming in Alaska
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In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the ... More

In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants. Less

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Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Materials, Fall 2007
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Electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics and polymers. ... More

Electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics and polymers. Discussion of roles of bonding, structure (crystalline, defect, energy band and microstructure) and composition in influencing and controlling physical properties. Case studies drawn from a variety of applications including semiconductor diodes, optical detectors, sensors, thin films, biomaterials, composites, and cellular materials. Less

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Engineering
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fitzgerald, Eugene
Gibson, Lorna
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Energy-Efficient Housing
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We all know that it takes energy to provide us with the ... More

We all know that it takes energy to provide us with the basics of shelter: heating, cooling, lighting, electricity, sanitation and cooking. To create energy-efficient housing that is practical for people to use every day requires combining many smaller systems that each perform a function well, and making smart decisions about the sources of power we use. Through four lessons on the topics of heat transfer, circuits, daylighting and electricity from renewable energy sources, students learn about the science, math and engineering that go into designing energy-efficient components of smart housing that is environmentally friendly. Through numerous design/build/analyze activities, students create a solar water heater, swamp cooler, thermostat, model house, model greenhouse, and wind and water turbine prototypes. Students should concurrently be taking Algebra 1 in order to complete the worksheet calculations. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
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TeachEngineering
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Engineering Biofuels
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In this video, students explore the work of Jay Keasling, a synthetic ... More

In this video, students explore the work of Jay Keasling, a synthetic biologist experimenting with ways to produce a cleaner-burning fuel from biological matter, using genetically modified microorganisms. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
PBS LearningMedia
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Amgen Foundation
KQED
Teachers' Domain
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Engineering Bones
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Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, ... More

Students extend their knowledge of the skeletal system to biomedical engineering design, specifically the concept of artificial limbs. Students relate the skeleton as a structural system, focusing on the leg as structural necessity. They learn about the design considerations involved in the creation of artificial limbs, including materials and sensors. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Megan Podlogar
TeachEngineering.org
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Erosion and Weathering
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Erosion and weathering may be caused by a variety of factors including ... More

Erosion and weathering may be caused by a variety of factors including wind and water. This still collage produced for Teachers' Domain features images of rock, soil, and beach erosion. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media. Less

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Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
PBS Learning Media
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Erosion in Rivers
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Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale ... More

Students learn about water erosion through an experimental process in which small-scale buildings are placed along a simulated riverbank to experience a range of flooding conditions. They learn how soil conditions are important to the stability or failure of civil engineering projects and how a river's turns and bends (curvature, sinuosity) make a difference in the likelihood of erosion. They make model buildings either with a 3D printer or with LEGO® pieces and then see how their designs and riverbank placements are impacted by slow (laminar) and fast (turbulent) water flow over the soil. Students make predictions, observations and conclusions about the stability of their model houses, and develop ideas for how to mitigate damage in civil engineering projects. Less

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Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Sophia Mercurio, Eduardo Suescun
TeachEngineering.org
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Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Probing the Structure of Materials at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 17-31), learners are introduced to techniques that are ... More

In this activity (pages 17-31), learners are introduced to techniques that are used to determine the structures of solid materials. Building or disassembling an instrument built from LEGO bricks provides a revealing view of the instrument and the principles behind it. Learners are introduced to scanning probe microscopy, charge-coupled devices (CCDs), chromatography, and diffractometers. Additional instructions are provided in Appendices 2.1-2.3. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Structure-Property Relationships at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 32-41), learners learn how the atomic and molecular ... More

In this activity (pages 32-41), learners learn how the atomic and molecular arrangement of matter are related to physical properties. This activity also introduces materials at the cutting edge of nanoscale science and technology, where the size of individual solid particles of material approaches molecular dimensions. Learners learn about concepts like polymer cross-linking, giant magnetoresistance, and plasmon resonance. Additional instructions are provided in Appendices 3.2 and 3.6. Less

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Exploring the Nanoworld with LEGO Bricks: Structures and Their Construction at the Nanoscale
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In this activity (pages 42-49), learners discover the methods and challenges of ... More

In this activity (pages 42-49), learners discover the methods and challenges of building nanoscale structures with macroscale equipment. This activity presents a sampling of the tools, materials, and devices that are helping scientists and engineers to image and manipulate matter at the nanoscale. Learners are introduced to topics such as photolithography, self-assembly, nanowires, ferrofluids, and photonics crystals. Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bradley University
LEGO Dacta
National Science Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Fairly Fundamental Facts About Forces & Structures
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This lesson will introduce students to the five fundamental loads: compression, tension, ... More

This lesson will introduce students to the five fundamental loads: compression, tension, shear, bending, and torsion. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Douglas Prime
Douglas Prime, Tufts University, Center for Engineering Educational Outreach
K-12 Outreach Office,
TeachEngineering.org
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Feel the Stress
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Working individually or in groups, students explore the concept of stress (compression) ... More

Working individually or in groups, students explore the concept of stress (compression) through physical experience and math. They discover why it hurts more to poke themselves with mechanical pencil lead than with an eraser. Then they prove why this is so by using the basic equation for stress and applying the concepts to real engineering problems. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
Geometry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
GK-12 Program, School of Engineering and Applied Science,
Jeffrey Mitchell
TeachEngineering.org
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Finance Theory II, Spring 2003
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Continuation of Finance Theory I, concentrating on corporate financial management. Topics: Capital ... More

Continuation of Finance Theory I, concentrating on corporate financial management. Topics: Capital investment decisions, security issues, dividend policy, optimal capital structure, hedging and risk management, futures markets and real options analysis. The objective of this course is to learn the financial tools needed to make good business decisions. The course presents the basic insights of corporate finance theory, but emphasizes the application of theory to real business decisions. Each session involves class discussion, some centered on lectures and others around business cases. Less

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Subject:
Finance
Management
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
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Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Jenter, Dirk
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Foam Tower
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In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will whip up ... More

In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will whip up some suds with a cup of water and a tablespoon of dish soap until the bubbles are stiff enough to start piling on a plate. The challenge is to build the tallest pile, varying soap, water, or time of mixing to maximize height. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Waterslides. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
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Food Justice
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In this adaptation of a video that high school students created in ... More

In this adaptation of a video that high school students created in collaboration with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, learn what's whack about our current food systems and the many actions individuals can take to address these issues. Less

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PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NIEHS
WGBH Educational Foundation
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Foundations of Cognition, Spring 2003
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Advances in cognitive science have resolved, clarified, and sometimes complicated some of ... More

Advances in cognitive science have resolved, clarified, and sometimes complicated some of the great questions of Western philosophy: what is the structure of the world and how do we come to know it; does everyone represent the world the same way; what is the best way for us to act in the world. Specific topics include color, objects, number, categories, similarity, inductive inference, space, time, causality, reasoning, decision-making, morality and consciousness. Readings and discussion include a brief philosophical history of each topic and focus on advances in cognitive and developmental psychology, computation, neuroscience, and related fields. At least one subject in cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, or artificial intelligence is required. An additional project is required for graduate credit. Less

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Subject:
Philosophy
Linguistics
Psychology
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Assessments
Full Course
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Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Boroditsky, Lera
Tenenbaum, Joshua
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Freshman Seminar: Structural Basis of Genetic Material: Nucleic Acids, Fall 2005
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Since the discovery of the structure of the DNA double helix in ... More

Since the discovery of the structure of the DNA double helix in 1953 by Watson and Crick, the information on detailed molecular structures of DNA and RNA, namely, the foundation of genetic material, has expanded rapidly. This discovery is the beginning of the "Big Bang" of molecular biology and biotechnology. In this seminar, students discuss, from a historical perspective and current developments, the importance of pursuing the detailed structural basis of genetic materials. Less

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Subject:
Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Zhang, Shuguang
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Freshman Seminar: The Nature of Engineering, Fall 2005
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Are you interested in investigating how nature engineers itself? How engineers copy ... More

Are you interested in investigating how nature engineers itself? How engineers copy the shapes found in nature ("biomimetics")? This Freshman Seminar investigates why similar shapes occur in so many natural things and how physics changes the shape of nature. Why are things in nature shaped the way they are? How do birds fly? Why do bird nests look the way they do? How do woodpeckers peck? Why can't trees grow taller than they are? Why is grass skinny and hollow? What is the wood science behind musical instruments? Questions such as these are the subject of biomimetic research and they have been the focus of investigation in this course for the past three years. Less

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Subject:
Biology
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Gibson, Lorna J.
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Genomics and Computational Biology, Fall 2002
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Subject assesses the relationships between sequence, structure, and function in complex biological ... More

Subject assesses the relationships between sequence, structure, and function in complex biological networks as well as progress in realistic modeling of quantitative, comprehensive functional-genomics analyses. Topics include: algorithmic, statistical, database, and simulation approaches; and practical applications to biotechnology, drug discovery, and genetic engineering. Future opportunities and current limitations critically assessed. Problem sets and project emphasize creative, hands-on analyses using these concepts. From the course home page: In addition to the regular lecture sessions, supplementary sections are scheduled to address issues related to Perl, Mathematica and biology. Less

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Subject:
Biology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Church, George McDonald
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