New Hampshire STEM Educators, Y1

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Tower O' Power

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In this activity, students learn about creating a design directly from a CAD (computer-aided design) program. They will design a tower in CAD and manufacture the parts with a laser cutter. A competition determines the tower design with the best strength:weight ratio. Students also investigate basic structural truss concepts and stress concentrations. Partnership with a local college or manufacturing center is necessary for the completion of this project.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Christopher M. Yakacki, Diana Wiant, Janet Yowell, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

History of Technology

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A survey of major technological developments from ancient to modern times with particular attention to social, political, and cultural contexts in Europe and the United States.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Syllabus

WebElements Periodic Table

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WebElements is an award-winning online periodic table. There is a Scholar Edition for students as well as a Professional Edition. Researchers click on the symbol for any element on the periodic table displayed on the home page. Information given for each element includes the name for the element in several languages, essentials (name, symbol, atomic weight, etc.), description, and isolation. Sidebars provide well-known compounds that contain the element and more detailed information on the element?s properties and history. The Scholar Edition provides more pictures demonstrating element structures and periodic properties. Software downloads for Mac, PC and Palm pilots are available.

Author: Mark Winter

109: A Visual Interpretation of the Table of Elements

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109 is a visual arts and science collaborative project which aims to explore and reflect upon the diversity of elements that comprise matter in as unique and innovative manner as possible. 109 aims to produce a new and vibrant visual assessment of the startling diversity of material that constitutes the world in which we live, not simply by rendering images of the respective elements but also by investigating the manner in which they affect our daily lives in largely unseen and often unexpected ways. The site contains an interactive periodic table. Clicking on any element in the table brings up a web page with practical, historical, and physical information and animations relating to that element. The site also has a section entitled Periodic Landscapes which contains computer generated landscape views and models based on various patterns and relationships within the periodic table. The site also includes a brief history of the periodic table, free e-postcards, and more.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Simulation

NGSS: EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science

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The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards. The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.

Material Type: Lecture

Periodic Table

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This lesson provides knowledge about periodic law, groups and periods. Students will be able to identify and label each group with their names. Students will be able to relate atomic number and atomic masses of different elements of periodic table. Students will also be able to discuss periodicity of different properties of elements.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Abha Bhatnagar, Meera Madan

Vocabulary Hangman Game

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The computer will randomly pick a term used in science, math or social sciences. Discover the word the computer has picked by guessing which letters are in it. Each incorrect guess you make causes the atom man to decay. Solve the puzzle before the atom man completely decays!

Material Type: Game

The Carbon Cycle Game

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In this activity, learners take on the role of a carbon atom and record which reservoirs in the carbon cycle they visit. Learners will compare and contrast their trip with those of other learners to discover information about sources and sinks, and residence times of the different reservoirs. Ocean processes are highlighted to allow the educator to define the biological pump and explain its importance to climate. Helping learners understand the carbon cycle is essential to their understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson Plan

Authors: Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, COSEE NOW, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, NOAA National Sea Grant, Office of Naval Research

Using PhET Simulations to Replace Real Equipment in Lab Circuit Construction Kit

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Labs and tutorials that use equipment such as circuits can be modified to use PhET simulations instead. Research shows that substituting the PhET Circuit Construction Kit simulation for real equipment in a variety of contexts leads to improved conceptual learning in the best cases, and the same conceptual learning in the worst cases. There are many advantages to using PhET simulations over real equipment: They are easy to use, so students can play around and modify the experiment quickly and easily without fear of breaking the equipment. They have productive constraints to focus attention on the most important aspects of the experiment (e.g. bulb brightness and current flow) rather than on irrelevant aspects (e.g. wire color and length). Finally, if real equipment is not available, PhET simulations provide the opportunity to do multiple experiments with a single piece of equipment: a computer.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Sam McKagan