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An Arm and a Leg
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As an introduction to bioengineering, student teams are given the engineering challenge to design and build prototype artificial limbs using a simple syringe system and limited resources. As part of a NASA lunar mission scenario, they determine which substance, water (liquid) or air (gas), makes the appendages more efficient.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Astronomy Picture of the Day Looking Back at an Eclipsed Earth
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The phenomenon is the shadow of the moon as seen in an image taken from the Mir Space Station on August 11, 1999 during a total solar eclipse across Europe. A text explanation of a solar eclipse with hyperlinks to other websites and images accompanies the image.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jerry Bonnell
Mir 27 Crew
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Lunation
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The phenomenon is a series of photos of the moon taken daily during one lunar cycle. The photos show the various phases of the moon as seen from Earth and show that the moon has a slight wobble during its elliptical orbit. The photos also show the slight change in appearance of the moon's size during its orbit and show that the same side of the moon is always seen from Earth.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Antonio Cidadao
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Basic Vector Space Methods in Signal and Systems Theory
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No Strings Attached
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Linear algebra, vector space methods, and functional analysis are a powerful setting for many topics in engineering, science (including social sciences), and business. This collection starts with the simple idea of a matrix times a vector and develops tools and interpretations for many signal processing and system analysis and design methods.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
C. Sidney Burrus
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Beginning Lesson on Coordinate Grids-First Quadrant
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Students will investigate the first quadrant of the Cartesian coordinate system. They will use online activities developed by Shodor.org to identify the coordinates of points, or plot specific points. Then students will progress to an activity where they direct a robot through a mine field laid out on the coordinate plane. Permission has been granted for the use of the materials as part of the workshop - "Interactivate Your Bored Math Students" by Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Bonnie Boaz
Date Added:
08/09/2001
Congress and the American Political System II, Fall 2005
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This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research. This course analyzes the development of the United States Congress by focusing on the competing theoretical lenses through which legislatures have been studied. In particular, it compares sociological and economic models of legislative behavior, applying those models to floor decision-making, committee behavior, political parties, relations with other branches of the Federal government, and elections. Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

Subject:
Political Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Stewart, Charles
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Considering Trade-Offs and Maximizing Efficiency in a Fast Food Restaurant
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Students are introduced to the idea of improving efficiency by examining a setting that is familiar to many teenagers fast food restaurants. More specifically, they learn about the concepts of trade-offs, constraints, increasing efficiency and systems thinking. They consider how to improve efficiency in a struggling restaurant through delegating tasks, restructuring employee responsibilities and revising a floor plan, all while working within limitations and requirements. Finally, students summarize and defend their suggested changes in argumentative essays.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Mejia
Amy A. Wilson
Christina Sias
Date Added:
10/14/2015
The Cosmic Perspective: Phases of the Moon
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The representation is an interactive animation that portrays the sun, the Earth, and a person standing upon the Earth. The interactive animation is found in resource section Lesson 2: Time of Day and Horizons. The animation and accompanying text pose a variety of scenarios addressing the causes of nighttime and daytime. Also included is a form of assessment in which the resource asks students to orient the Earth to portray situations such as noon or sunrise being experienced by the person shown.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Daily Change in the Moon's Position
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The representation depicts the position and appearance of the Moon in the sky as viewed at the same time on nine consecutive nights.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Charles Burrows
Date Added:
11/06/2014
The Earth-Moon Barycenter
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The representation depicts the moon's orbit around the Earth by marking days along the orbital path. The resource also shows the gravitational center of the moon-Earth system and the gravitational center of the Earth-moon system, indicating the direction toward the sun.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Earth-Sun Geometry - Earth Revolution Animation
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The representation is an animation of the Earth revolving around the sun. The Earth is shown as a solid green sphere with the equator and arctic circle marked with black lines and the dark side of the Earth shaded. The Earth's axis is shown with a red line. As the Earth revolves around the sun, the axis is shown to always be pointing in the same direction. The positions of Earth at the winter solstice, vernal equinox, summer solstice, and autumnal equinox are labeled.

Subject:
Education
Geometry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Dr. Michael Pidwirny
Scott Jones University of British Columbia Okanagan
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Earth System: Satellites
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This video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows how integral satellites are to everyday life and describes the different types, including orbital and geostationary. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Earth's Yearly Revolution Around Sun
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The representation depicts the Earth revolving around the sun. The animation shows the tilt of earth's axis and shows that the tilt of the axis points in the same direction throughout the yearly revolution. The animation can be viewed from an oblique view and from a top view, includes optional labels of the months, can be started and stopped at any point in the revolution, and shows the amount of earth that receives light from the sun at all times during the revolution.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jennifer Loomis, TERC
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Eclipsed Moon and Stars
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The phenomenon is a digitally enhanced photograph of an eclipse occurring on May 23, 2003, taken midway through the eclipse. Accompanying the photograph is text with words hyperlinked to other resources.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jay Ouellet
Jerry Bonnell
Robert Nemiroff
Date Added:
11/06/2014