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Action-Reaction! Rocket
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Students construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. ... More

Students construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. They use this model to learn about Newton's three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket. Less

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Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Action-Reaction Rocket!
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Learners construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. ... More

Learners construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. They use this model to learn about Newton's three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket. This activity can be combined with other activities to create a larger lesson. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners. Less

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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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:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
National Science Foundation
Sabre Duren
U.S. Department of Education
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Balloon Car
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In this activity, learners explore force and motion by constructing cardboard cars ... More

In this activity, learners explore force and motion by constructing cardboard cars that are propelled by balloons. Learners can experiment with balloons of various sizes and shapes to change the speeds and distances their cars can travel. Use this activity to introduce learners to Newton's Laws of Motion. Note: a drill and drill bits may be used during this activity, but these are not included in the cost of materials. Less

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Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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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
Fresno Community Science Workshop
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Catapults!
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Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force ... More

Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force measurement) and the flight of a cotton ball. They learn how Newton's second law of motion works by seeing directly that F = ma. When they pull the metal "arm" back further, thus applying a greater force to the cotton ball, it causes the cotton ball to travel faster and farther. Students also learn that objects of greater mass require more force to result in the same distance traveled by a lighter object. Less

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Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Catapults!
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Learners build simple catapults and use them to launch cotton balls. Learners ... More

Learners build simple catapults and use them to launch cotton balls. Learners can see Newton's second law of motion in effect; pulling the catapult arm back further creates more force and thus more acceleration of the cotton ball. This activity can be combined with other activities to create a larger lesson. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners. Less

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Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
National Science Foundation
Sabre Duren
U.S. Department of Education
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Get Me Off This Planet
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The purpose of this lesson is to teach the students about how ... More

The purpose of this lesson is to teach the students about how a spacecraft gets from the surface of the Earth to Mars. The lesson first investigates rockets and how they are able to get us into space. Finally, the nature of an orbit is discussed as well as how orbits enable us to get from planet to planet specifically from Earth to Mars. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Chris Yakacki
Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
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History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica, Fall 2011
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This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis ... More

This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis by Isaac Newton, as well as several related commentaries and historical philosophical texts. Less

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Philosophy
Calculus
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Adam Schulman
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Into Space!
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This activity introduces students to the basic physics concepts on how rockets ... More

This activity introduces students to the basic physics concepts on how rockets work through the building and testing of a model rocket fueled by an antacid. Students have the opportunity to revise and improve their initial design. Note: This activity is similar to film canister rockets that students make in elementary school but is adapted for middle school. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Kay
Janet Yowell
Jeff White
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Karen King
Sam Semakula
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May the Force Be With You: Drag
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This lesson explores the drag force on airplanes. The students will be ... More

This lesson explores the drag force on airplanes. The students will be introduced to the concept of conservation of energy and how it relates to drag. Students will explore the relationship between drag and the shape, speed and size of an object. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
Tom Rutkowski
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May the Force Be With You: Thrust
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In this lesson, students will study how propellers and jet turbines generate ... More

In this lesson, students will study how propellers and jet turbines generate thrust. This lesson focuses on Isaac Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
Tom Rutkowski
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Motion Commotion
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Students learn why and how motion occurs and what governs changes in ... More

Students learn why and how motion occurs and what governs changes in motion, as described by Newton's three laws of motion. They gain hands-on experience with the concepts of forces, changes in motion, and action and reaction. In an associated literacy activity, students design a behavioral survey and learn basic protocol for primary research, survey design and report writing. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
TeachEngineering.org
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Pop Rockets
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Students design and build a paper rocket around a film canister, which ... More

Students design and build a paper rocket around a film canister, which is used as the engine. An antacid tablet and water are put into the canister, react to form carbon dioxide gas, and act as the pop rocket's propellant. With the lid snapped on, the continuous creation of gas causes pressure to build up until the lid pops off, sending the rocket into the air. The pop rockets demonstrate Newton's third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Less

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Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Red Light, Green Light
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Building upon their understanding of forces and Newton's laws of motion, students ... More

Building upon their understanding of forces and Newton's laws of motion, students learn about the force of friction, specifically with respect to cars. They explore the friction between tires and the road to learn how it affects the movement of cars while driving. In an associated literacy activity, students explore the theme of conflict in literature, and the difference between internal and external conflict, and various types of conflicts. Stories are used to discuss methods of managing and resolving conflict and interpersonal friction. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
TeachEngineering.org
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Science of NHL Hockey: Newton's Three Laws of Motion
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Whether they are sprinting down the ice, smashing into the boards or ... More

Whether they are sprinting down the ice, smashing into the boards or stopping on a dime, NHL players display an amazing mix of speed and strength. These athletic moves also provide great examples of Newton�s Three Laws of Motion. "Science of NHL Hockey" is a 10-part video series produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the National Hockey League. Less

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Education
Law
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
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Simulations
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NBC Learn
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Science of NHL Hockey
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National Hockey League
National Science Foundation
NBC Learn
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Sliding Textbooks
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In the culminating activity of the unit, students explore and apply their ... More

In the culminating activity of the unit, students explore and apply their knowledge of forces, friction, acceleration and gravity in a two-part experiment. First, student groups measure the average acceleration of a textbook pulled along a table by varying weights (with optional extensions, such as with the addition of a pulley or an inclined plane). Then, with a simple modification to the same experimental setup, teams test different surfaces for the effects of friction, graphing and analyzing their results. Students also consider the real-world applications for high- and low-friction surfaces for different situations and purposes, seeing how forces play a role in engineering design and material choices. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jacob Teter, Liz Anthony, Scott Strobel
RESOURCE GK-12 Program, College of Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
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Up, Up and Away! - Airplanes
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The airplanes unit begins with a lesson on how airplanes create lift, ... More

The airplanes unit begins with a lesson on how airplanes create lift, which involves a discussion of air pressure and how wings use Bernoulli's Principle to change air pressure. Following the lessons on lift, students explore the other three forces acting on airplanes thrust, weight and drag. Following these lessons, students learn how airplanes are controlled and use paper airplanes to demonstrate these principles. The final lessons addresses societal and technological impacts airplanes have had on our world. Students learn about different kinds of airplanes and then design and build their own balsa wood airplanes based on what they have learned. Less

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Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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What Are Newton's Laws?
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Through a series of three lessons and one activity, students are introduced ... More

Through a series of three lessons and one activity, students are introduced to inertia, forces and Newton's three laws of motion. For each lesson, a combination of class demonstrations and PowerPoint® presentations are used to explain, show and relate the concepts to engineering. Lesson 1 starts with inertia, forces and Newton's first law of motion. Lesson 2 builds on lesson 1 with s review and then introduces Newton's second law of motion. Lesson 3 builds on the previous two lessons with a review and then introduces Newton's third law of motion. In a culminating activity, students apply their knowledge of forces, friction, acceleration and gravity in an experiment to measure the average acceleration of a textbook pulled along a table by varying weights, and then test the effects of friction on different surfaces. Less

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Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
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Unit of Study
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Elizabeth Anthony, Scott Strobel, Jacob Teter
RESOURCE GK-12 Program, College of Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
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What Is Newton's First Law?
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Students are introduced to the concepts of force, inertia and Newton's first ... More

Students are introduced to the concepts of force, inertia and Newton's first law of motion: objects at rest stay at rest and objects in motion stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Examples of contact and non-contact types of forces are provided, specifically applied, spring, drag, frictional forces, and magnetic, electric, gravitational forces. Students learn the difference between speed, velocity and acceleration, and come to see that the change in motion (or acceleration) of an object is caused by unbalanced forces. They also learn that engineers consider and take advantage of these forces and laws of motion in their designs. Through a PowerPoint® presentation and some simple teacher demonstrations these fundamental science concepts are explained and illustrated. This lesson is the first in a series of three lessons that are intended to be taught as a unit. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Elizabeth Anthony, Scott Strobel, Jacob Teter
RESOURCE GK-12 Program, College of Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
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What Is Newton's Second Law?
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Students are introduced to Newton's second law of motion: force = mass ... More

Students are introduced to Newton's second law of motion: force = mass x acceleration. After a review of force, types of forces and Newton's first law, Newton's second law of motion is presented. Both the mathematical equation and physical examples are discussed, including Atwood's Machine to illustrate the principle. Students come to understand that an object's acceleration depends on its mass and the strength of the unbalanced force acting upon it. They also learn that Newton's second law is commonly used by engineers as they design machines, structures and products, everything from towers and bridges to bicycles, cribs and pinball machines. This lesson is the second in a series of three lessons that are intended to be taught as a unit. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Elizabeth Anthony, Scott Strobel, Jacob Teter
RESOURCE GK-12 Program, College of Engineering,
TeachEngineering.org
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