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Heat Transfer Lesson

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Students explore heat transfer and energy efficiency using the context of energy efficient houses. They gain a solid understanding of the three types of heat transfer: radiation, convection and conduction, which are explained in detail and related to the real world. They learn about the many ways solar energy is used as a renewable energy source to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses and operating costs. Students also explore ways in which a device can capitalize on the methods of heat transfer to produce a beneficial result. They are given the tools to calculate the heat transferred between a system and its surroundings.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Authors: Denise W. Carlson, Landon B. Gennetten, Lauren Cooper, Malinda Schaefer Zarske

Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity

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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

How vaccines train the immune system in ways no one expected | Christine Stabell Benn | TEDxAarhus

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Vaccines do much more than protect against the disease they are designed for. Watch this talk from TEDxAarhus 2018 by medical doctor and professor in global health Christine Stabell Benn and learn how hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved every year just by using the existing vaccines smarter. Christine Stabell Benn is a medical doctor and professor in global health. By studying real-life effects of vaccines in Africa, she has found that vaccines do much more than protect against the target disease; they have so-called non-specific effects. In most cases, they come with an added bonus of increased resistance against other infections than the target disease. If we take that into account, we can save hundreds of thousands of lives every year just by using the existing vaccines smarter. Christine argues that we should not only study vaccines' effects on the target infection, but also ask the often ignored question: what is the impact of vaccines on overall health?

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Christine Stabell Benn

Getting Started with Rust by Building a Tiny Markdown Compiler

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This is an introductory Rust tutorial for developers who like learning by doing. The purpose of this tutorial is to develop intuition about toolbuilding in Rust–specifically, to learn how to think and build in Rust. Our goal is to produce a very basic command line compiler that will turn a basic Markdown document containing headings and paragraphs into an html file. To do this, we will start from scratch by building a simple “Hello, World!” executable. Then, over the course of six chapters, iterate and expand until finally we can compile a very simple Markdown file into valid HTML.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Jesse Lawson

Above-Ground Storage Tank Design Project

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At this point in the unit, students have learned about Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's principle, and why above-ground storage tanks are of major concern in the Houston Ship Channel and other coastal areas. In this culminating activity, student groups act as engineering design teams to derive equations to determine the stability of specific above-ground storage tank scenarios with given tank specifications and liquid contents. With their floatation analyses completed and the stability determined, students analyze the tank stability in specific storm conditions. Then, teams are challenged to come up with improved storage tank designs to make them less vulnerable to uplift, displacement and buckling in storm conditions. Teams present their analyses and design ideas in short class presentations.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Emily Sappington, Mila Taylor

Abrupt Climate Change

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This lesson focuses on a current issue in science in order to help students understand the process by which scientific knowledge is developed and refined. The goal of science is to advance human understanding of the natural world and that sometimes means changing long-held views. According to recent studies, many students think that changes come mainly through facts and improved observational and measuring technology. However, they often do not make the distinction that advancements or changes can come from both new observations and reinterpreting old observations.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

What Is the Design Process?

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This video segment, adapted fromThinking Big, Building Small, demonstrates each part of the engineering design process, which is fundamental to any successful project. Though it does this in the context of building skyscrapers, the process is applicable to any sort of project, including constructing schools, building bridges, and even manufacturing sneakers. Students will recognize the value of going through its steps sequentially when constructing scale models. Recommended for: Grades 3-12

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: National Science Foundation, WGBH Educational Foundation

Understanding Ocean Acidification: Hands-on Demos and Activities

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This website presents hands-on demonstrations and experiments done at the Ocean Acidification workshop, July 2012. The site also includes presentations by scientists and educators, useful links, and an ocean pledge that explains on a personal level what you can do to reduce CO2 emissions. The hands-on activities will help demonstrate and explore the effects of increasing carbon dioxide on the acidity of the ocean and learn about impacts an acidic ocean has on marine organisms, the ocean food web, and humans. You will also investigate the causes for increased ocean acidity and learn about ways to minimize your impact.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Here Comes the Hurricane! Saving Lives through Logical Reasoning and Computer Science

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Students use a hurricane tracking map to measure the distance from a specific latitude and longitude location of the eye of a hurricane to a city. Then they use the map's scale factor to convert the distance to miles. They also apply the distance formula by creating an x-y coordinate plane on the map. Students are challenged to analyze what data might be used by computer science engineers to write code that generates hurricane tracking models. Then students analyze a MATLAB® computer code that uses the distance formula repetitively to generate a table of data that tracks a hurricane at specific time intervals. Students come to realize that using a computer program to generate the calculations (instead of by hand) is very advantageous for a dynamic situation like tracking storm movements. Their inspection of some MATLAB code helps them understand how it communicates what to do using mathematical formulas, logical instructions and repeated tasks. They also conclude that the example program is too simplistic to really be a useful tool; useful computer model tools must necessarily be much more complex.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Armando Vital, Fritz Claydon, Justin Chang, K. B. Nakshatrala, Rodrigues, Stuart Long

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

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This course provides a study of fitness and wellness and their relationship to a healthy lifestyle. Defines fitness and wellness, evaluates the student's level of fitness and wellness, and motivates the student to incorporate physical fitness and wellness into daily living.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Facial Recognition/Artificial Intelligence

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Asking the question, “What is human-computer interaction - artificial intelligence? Students come to understand what artificial intelligence is in most everyday life, discussing the privacy, pros and cons of this topic and exploring with artificial intelligence activities online. This lesson plan includes using the Google Vision Kit to explore various pre-loaded facial recognition programs and advance programming students can access the Python code, manipulate the code and test the changes.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Denise Hoag

The Art of Arabic Calligraphy

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The Art of Arabic Calligraphy is a collection of four articles by Mamoun Sakkal, a professional calligrapher. The site explains the history of the Arabic alphabet, the history of Arabic calligraphy, and presents articles on the two largest schools of Arabic calligraphy, Kufic and cursive. Articles are informative and succinct and are accompanied by helpful charts and illustrations. The first section demonstrates all the connected and unconnected forms of the Arabic letters in the most basic script.

Material Type: Reading

Author: Mamoun Sakkal

‘Hunger Games’ Science: Investigating Genetically Engineered Organisms

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What lessons can we learn about genetically engineered organisms from the example of the jabberjay, a fictional bird in the movie “The Hunger Games”? In this lesson, students discuss the definition of genetically modified organisms, learn about the risks and benefits of research on G.M.O.’s, explore the growing do-it-yourself biology movement, and develop proposals seeking to either restrict or permit research into genetically modifying the avian flu virus.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Case Study, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Lesson Plan, Reading, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: David Goodrich

First Year Japanese I Source Files

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These are source files for all course materials used for JPN101 at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. For all course materials including MP4 audio files and PDFs for students, go to: These sets include simple grammar explanations, dialogues, basic vocabulary and phrases, activities to check learning, and some cultural notes. These might be used for the very first term of college Japanese course as well as for the first year of high school Japanese course. Students can preview the lessons and grasp concepts before class and teachers can use them during the class. They are not written intending for self-study without teachers. Supplemental material and worksheets include: Hiragana and Katakana charts; Notes about Hiragana and Katakana writing; Practice words for Hiragana and Katakana spelling; Picture pages for reviewing words and phrases; List of particles and interrogatives; Verb and adjective conjugation charts; In class activity sample.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson, Textbook

Author: Yoko Sato

PBS Learning Media: Virtual Professional Learning Series

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PBS Learning Virtual Professional Learning Series is created for teachers—by teachers—to bring together content experts and educators from all backgrounds. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, these bite-sized opportunities are designed to connect educators with each other and PBS shows, themes, and content.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Barbara Soots

Women in World History

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Women in World History is an online curriculum resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and students find and analyze online primary sources on women in world history. Materials encourage teachers to integrate recent scholarship and give students a more sophisticated framework for understanding global women’s history. Women in World History reflects three approaches central to current scholarship in world history and the history of women: an emphasis on comparative issues rather than civilizations in isolation; a focus on contacts among different societies; and an attentiveness to “global” forces, such as technology diffusion, migration, or trade routes, that transcend individual societies. Project materials also utilize recent advances in our understanding of how historical learning takes place, including complex interaction with sources, recursive reading, and skills used by historians.The site includes: Archived online discussions on teaching strategies, resources, and practical classroom applications, co-moderated by an experienced world history teacher and a leading scholar of women in world history; Scholarly reviews of online primary source archives, including teaching potential; More than 200 primary sources, plus an essay on analyzing gender through primary sources; Multimedia case studies model strategies for interpreting primary sources; Curricula for high school and college, including primary sources and teaching strategies.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Case Study, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy