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Launch a rocket using a film canister and an alka-seltzer tablet. Students will be able to observe and understand how the laws of motion apply to their rocket. They will also investigate how a variable might affect the flight of it.

 

6-8
3-5
Physics

What is surface area? How do chemicals bond? What affects properties of materials on the macro- and nano-scale, and why this is important to scientists? Students will do some hands-on activities to find these out.

6-8
9-12
Chemistry

How do boats float? Classify different materials and see which ones float or sink. Use this knowledge of materials to engineer your own boat and see how much weight you can carry. Students can be introduced to the concept of buoyancy.

K-2
Physics

How is a bridge able to support all that weight on it? Students examine the forces that affect bridges, learn the advantages and disadvantages between different types of bridges, and build their own bridge to meet certain specifications.

6-8
3-5
Physics

What is Archimedes’ Principle and how does it apply to me? Learn about this famous discovery and why objects are able to float. Students will also work on their measuring skills for mass and volume. They will apply these concepts by constructing a Cartesian diver.

6-8
3-5
Physics

How does a catapult work? Students will build a basic catapult that hurls marshmallows at targets. Introduce your students to levers, as well as potential and kinetic energy. They will then test variables to engineer the most accurate catapult. A great tie-in with ancient and medieval history.

6-8
3-5
Physics

What is a chemical reaction? How can you tell one has occurred? Have your students perform a simple chemical reaction using chalk (calcium carbonate) and vinegar. They will also attempt to quantitatively prove the Law of Conservation of Mass.

5-8
Chemistry

What happens when a wave encounters an obstacle? Learn about principles of light and light waves.  Discover how diffraction and interference of light waves can be used to measure things.

9-12
Physics

Students will understand what an electromagnet is and how it works. They will be able to explain the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

9-12
Physics

What is the scientific method? Students will learn about this process by launching tennis balls into the air. They will make predictions, collect data, make a graph, and come up with answers based on their results.

3-5
Physics

How does light behave? Have your students figure out the different ways that light can behave with hands-on activities. They will then perform a series of labs to confirm some basic rules.

6-8
Physics

How does light behave? Have your students figure out the different ways that light can behave with these hands-on activities. They will then look more closely at refraction and learn about Snell’s Law. An introduction to the field non-destructive testing, will have them conducting experiments to see how refraction can be used to detect damage in materials.

9-12
Physics

Have students explore liquid crystals by creating and observing handprints. They will then use liquid crystal thermometers to learn about the 3 states of matter and find out how temperature affects each state.

Upper elementary students can also use the liquid crystal papers to explore how heat is transferred through conduction. They will make a connection with specific changes of state during the water cycle (evaporation, condensation).

K-2
3-5
Chemistry

How does a battery work? Students will figure this out as well as see how energy is transformed by building a wet cell battery. They will also test a variable to find out how it affects the strength of a battery.

6-8
9-12
Chemistry

What is nano? Students will explore the nanoscale world and see how materials look and behave quite differently. Several exploratory activities encourage student to make observations and formulate scientific hypotheses. Next, students will learn about the chemistry of water hardness, and techniques to test for it. Finally, they will test different materials (including nanoparticles) to see which is best at softening water. This kit enables students to experience and take advantage of the unique properties of nano-scale materials.

6-8
Chemistry

What is nano? Students will explore the nanoscale world and see how materials look and behave quite differently. Several exploratory activities encourage student to make observations and formulate scientific hypotheses. Next, students use a gold nanoparticle solution to test different sports drinks for electrolytes.This kit enables students to experience and take advantage of the unique properties of nano-scale materials.

9-12
Chemistry

Students will be introduced to polymers and their role in our everyday lives. They will look at Sodium Polyacyrlate and how it is used to absorb liquids. Students learn about two forms of this polymer and how a change in their structure can affect their physical properties. This activity can be lengthened to include the students designing their own experiement looking at the affect of a variable. This activity can be followed with the polymer activity “Silly Putty.”

6-8
3-5
Chemistry

Students will understand how scientists can change polymers to give them different physical properties. They will take a polymer (glue) and cross-link it to create silly putty. This activity is a good follow up to the “Instant Snow” activity.

6-8
3-5

Can a blueberry make electricity? Have your students find out by building their own solar cells using berry juice. This activity can be geared towards middle or high school students and meets NGSS standards. Topics that can be covered include photosynthesis, chemical reactions, and changes in energy. The activity can also be extended by having the students look at how a variable affects the power produced by the solar cell.

6-8
9-12
Chemistry

What does physics have to do with bridges? Use Newton’s Laws in designing a bridge by using free body diagrams and Hooke’s Law to choose an appropriate bridge design and material for the project. To use engineering skills to build and test a bridge.

9-12
Physics

How do powders react when you add a chemical indicator to them? Students will use their observation skills to find out how different powders react with vinegar, baking soda solution, iodine, and universal pH indicator. Using their observations, they will then need to try to figure out what two powders are mixed together.

3-5

6-8

Chemistry

Introduce your students to longitudinal and transverse waves with some hands-on activities. They will be able to demonstrate the properties of a transverse wave while meeting one of the standards for NGSS. Students will also build their own musical instrument and run computer simulations to explore wave properties.

6-8
Physics

What causes a wave? Use a wave machine to engage your students in understanding the parts of a wave. Students will also build a an instrument that uses sound waves to communicate information.

3-5
Physics
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