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Can Crushers
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In this activity, learners conduct an experiment by heating an aluminum can ... More

In this activity, learners conduct an experiment by heating an aluminum can filled with water to investigate air pressure. Learners will be amazed at what happens to the can at the end of the experiment. The activity page includes a fun how-to video for learners and educators. Less

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Education
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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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
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Can You Catch the Water?
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Students construct a three-dimensional model of a water catchment basin using everyday ... More

Students construct a three-dimensional model of a water catchment basin using everyday objects to create hills, mountains, valleys and water sources. They experiment to see where rain travels and collects, and survey water pathways to see how they can be altered by natural and human-made activities. Students discuss how engineers design structures that impact water collection, and systems that clean and distribute water. Less

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Engineering
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Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Denise Carlson
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Cape Fear Estuaries: From River to Sea
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A "virtual field trip" down the estuaries of the Cape Fear River ... More

A "virtual field trip" down the estuaries of the Cape Fear River from zero salinity to the ocean, with discussion of how local ecology changes along the way. Less

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Environmental Science
Biology
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Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
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LEARN NC Articles & More
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Capillarity—Measuring Surface Tension
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Students are presented with a short lesson on the difference between cohesive ... More

Students are presented with a short lesson on the difference between cohesive forces (the forces that hold water molecules together and create surface tension) and adhesive forces (the forces that causes water to "stick" to solid surfaces. The interaction between cohesive forces and adhesive forces causes the well-known capillary action. Students are also introduced to examples of capillary action found in nature and in our day-to-day lives. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Chuan-Hua Chen, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
Jean Stave, Durham Public Schools, NC
NSF CAREER Award and RET Program, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science,
TeachEngineering.org
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Carbon Cycle Role-Play
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Students will learn that there is a finite amount of carbon on ... More

Students will learn that there is a finite amount of carbon on earth, which moves around in the environment, from one place to another. Activity is scaleable from elementary to high school with options to introduce advanced content. Wrap up includes role playing the carbon cycle with the addition of human influences (e.g. burning of fossil fuels). Activity can be done in classroom or outside, includes working in a group and role playing. Grades 3-12. This resources is part of the Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries Series Less

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Biology
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Activities and Labs
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California Academy of Sciences
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Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries
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California Academy of Sciences
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Celebrating Our Connections Through Water
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This site explains to students how they can collect data about the ... More

This site explains to students how they can collect data about the role of water in celebrations around the world, organize it in a retrieval chart, and use the information to create learning stations for a Water Day Celebration. Less

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Biology
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Peace Corps
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Peace Corps World Wise Schools
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Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic
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This Changing Planet video documents scientists' concerns regarding how melting Arctic sea ... More

This Changing Planet video documents scientists' concerns regarding how melting Arctic sea ice will increase the amount of fresh water in the Beaufort Gyre, which could spill out into the Atlantic and cause major climate shifts in North America and Western Europe. The video includes interviews with scientists and a look at the basics of how scientists measure salinity in the ocean and how ocean circulation works in the Arctic. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Changing Planet: Ocean Acidification
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This video addresses acidification of the ocean and the ecological and economic ... More

This video addresses acidification of the ocean and the ecological and economic implications of the resulting pH change on marine life. It includes information about how ocean acidification resulting from increased absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere is affecting ocean species such as sea urchins and oysters. Scientists from the University of California at Santa Barbara discuss their experiments with sea creatures in acidic sea water. There is an associated lesson plan and classroom activity that has students test the effects of CO2 on water pH. Less

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Changing Planet: Warming Lakes
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The video addresses impact of warming temperatures on major lakes of the ... More

The video addresses impact of warming temperatures on major lakes of the world with specific focus on Lake Superior and Lake Tanganyika. It discusses the science of water stratification and its impact on lake ecosystems and on human populations whose livelihoods depend on the lakes. Less

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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Changing the Density of a Liquid: Adding Salt
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Learners see that a carrot slice sinks in fresh water and floats ... More

Learners see that a carrot slice sinks in fresh water and floats in saltwater. Considering the placement of the carrot slice in water and saltwater, learners infer that the density of salt water must be greater than the density of fresh water. As a challenge, learners adjust the density of the saltwater until they get the carrot slice to hover somewhere in the middle of the cup. Less

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
James H. Kessler
Patricia M. Galvan
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Changing the Density of an Object: Adding Material
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Learners see that a can of regular cola sinks while a can ... More

Learners see that a can of regular cola sinks while a can of diet cola floats. As a demonstration, bubble wrap is taped to the can of regular cola to make it float. Learners will use this idea to make an object that is more dense than water float. Less

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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:
American Chemical Society
James H. Kessler
Patricia M. Galvan
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Changing the Density of an Object: Changing Shape
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Learners will see that changing the shape of an object, like a ... More

Learners will see that changing the shape of an object, like a clay ball, that is more dense than water, can affect whether the object will sink or float. The density of the clay used in this activity does not change, but the volume of the object made from the clay increases. This increase in volume decreases the overall density of the object, making it float. Less

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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:
American Chemical Society
James H. Kessler
Patricia M. Galvan
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Chemical FootprintäóîFamily Activity
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In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution. Learners discover ways ... More

In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution. Learners discover ways they may be contributing to this type of pollution and brainstorm ways to change their behavior to be more environmentally responsible. Designed as a family exploration, the activity includes watching two short educational films about the Hudson River, discussing hypothetical pollution scenarios, auditing your own stock of pollutants under the bathroom sink, brainstorming alternative products, and sharing your results. The activity could easily be adapted to non-family educational groups and could be done in one chunk, or over the course of several sessions. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Oceanography
Anthropology
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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:
4-H
Toyota
University of Minnesota Extension
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Chemistry Review: Water
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This Review focuses on the many different aspects and states of water. ... More

This Review focuses on the many different aspects and states of water. Water is analyzed by its molecular make-up and structure, and the reasons substances dissolve in water are give. Videos and animations are provided to clearly show the set-up of its molecular structure. The relationship between sugar and water molecules are explained in detail, with models as examples. Less

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Readings
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
American Chemical Society
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Inquiry in Action
Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
Author:
James Kessler
Patti Galvan
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Chromatography
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In this activity, explore chromatography and the various colors that make up ... More

In this activity, explore chromatography and the various colors that make up the ink in markers. Use this activity to investigate cohesion and adhesion. The online version of this activity is set up so that learners solve a mystery. Less

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
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:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
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Chromatography Lab
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To increase students' awareness of possible invisible pollutants in drinking water sources, ... More

To increase students' awareness of possible invisible pollutants in drinking water sources, students perform an exciting lab requiring them to think about how solutions and mixtures exist even in unsuspecting places such as ink. They use alcohol and chromatography paper to separate the components of black and colored marker ink. Students witness first-hand how components of a solution can be separated, even when those individual components are not visible in solution. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Barry Williams
GK-12 Program,
Jessica Ray
Phyllis Balcerzak
TeachEngineering.org
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Clean Energy: Hydropower
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Hydropower generation is introduced to students as a common purpose and benefit ... More

Hydropower generation is introduced to students as a common purpose and benefit of constructing dams. Through an introduction to kinetic and potential energy, students come to understand how a dam creates electricity. They also learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Kristin Field
Michael Bendewald
Sara Born
TeachEngineering.org
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Clean Water and Quality of Life
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This lesson explores the importance of protecting sources of clean drinking water. ... More

This lesson explores the importance of protecting sources of clean drinking water. Through a narrated slide show, Peace Corps volunteer Lauren Fry shares her story about building a springbox to protect a groundwater supply in Cameroon. Students will synthesize information from the slide show, examine additional photographs depicting water access issues in Africa, and discuss the connection between clean water and quality of life. After discussing Lauren's story, choose from the suggested math and science activities to extend students' learning. Less

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Environmental Science
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Video Lectures
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Cleaning Water with Dirt
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In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners make their ... More

In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners make their own water treatment systems for cleaning water. Learners construct two filters to test: one with sand and one with sand and charcoal. Learners compare how well the sand and sand + charcoal filters clean water that is "dirtied" with food coloring, dirt, and grass. This activity also features a list of ten ways you can conserve water. Safety notes: Adult supervision is needed for this activity. Do not drink any of the water samples in this activity. Make sure to follow the safety tips listed on page 3 of the PDF, as well as those listed in the procedure for the activity. Less

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Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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:
American Chemical Society
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