The Boxes Go Mobile
To display the results from the previous activity, each student designs and constructs a mobile that contains a duplicate of his or her original box, the new cube-shaped box of the same volume, the scraps that are left over from the original box, and pertinent calculations of the volumes and surface areas involved.
Forces, Forces Everywhere
Students are introduced to Newton’s laws of motion. They learn about forces associated with motion, gravitational acceleration, weight, normal force, static and kinetic friction, drag, and free-body diagrams. These concepts are reinforced with the associated activity, Dragged Racers, to analyze frictional forces as they use their mousetrap-powered model cars to relate displacement, velocity and acceleration with external forces acting upon them.
In this activity, students use wood, wax paper and oil to investigate the importance of lubrication between materials and to understand the concept of friction. Using wax paper and oil placed between pieces of wood, the function of lubricants between materials is illustrated. Students extend their understanding of friction to bones and joints in the skeletal system and become aware of what engineers can do to help reduce friction in the human body as well as in machines.
River Flow Rate
In this activity, students utilize their understanding and feel for flow rate from the Faucet Flow Rate activity to estimate the flow rate in a local river. The objective is for students to relate laboratory experiment results to the environment. Students will then use the Engineering Our Water Living Lab (accessible through TeachEngineering.com) to determine the actual flow rate data for their chosen river. They will compare their estimate with the actual flow rate. Note: for this activity to b
Pointing at Maximum Power for PV
Student teams measure voltage and current in order to determine the power output of a photovoltaic (PV) panel. They vary the resistance in a simple circuit connected to the panel to demonstrate the effects on voltage, current, and power output. After collecting data, they calculate power for each resistance setting, creating a graph of current vs. voltage, and indentifying the maximum power point.
Build Your Own Insect Trap
Students design and construct devices to trap insects that are present in the area around the school. The objective is to ask the right design questions and conduct the right tests to determine if the traps work .
We've Got the Power
In this lesson, students will research various sources of renewable energy. They will discover how each source can be used to generate electricity, the potential benefits and drawbacks of each and which source might best power their home or school. This lesson can be completed in 1-2 class periods.
This informational piece, part of a series about the future of energy, describes the structure of the sun and the reactions taking place there. Students view a diagram of the four layers that make up the sun and review their characteristics. The energy of the sun results from fusion, which is described in a three-step process. The sun's role in the food chain explains the tremendous need for light and heat from the sun. Other information includes the age of the sun and an estimation of its lifes
Nanoscience in Nature: A Webquest for Middle and High School Science
In this activity students act as design specialist for Wayne Industries, the leading provider for technologies used in the superhero community, to create and market a specialized superhero tool based on nanoscience and biomimicry. Teams of students learn about nanoscale, biomimicry, and nanoscience and then use their knowledge to design and present the tool they have designed. Worksheets are provided that students complete as they investigate web sites. A rubric for assessing students' designs,
Service Learning, Boys, and Fish Tanks
When students can take charge of their learning and make it meaningful to them, their motivation and commitment soar.,Volume 11, Number 4
Are You An Energy Efficient Consumer?
This activity engages students in learning about ways to become energy efficient consumers. Students examine how different countries and regions around the world use energy over time as reflected in night light levels. They then track their own energy use, identify ways to reduce their individual energy consumption, and explore how community choices impact the carbon footprint.
The 13 Clocks
This video version of The 13 Clocks by James Thurber includes text, narration, and pictures. It is listed on the CoreStandards.org website as part of the suggested reading material for grades 2-3. (10:00)
Breakingviews: The world's most private public company
Going public may not change things very much at Facebook, Breakingviews columnists argue.
Patience after Sebald - Film on walks in Suffolk
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Normal - Station and Gait Exam - Station Sub-exam - Patient 1
Patient is a female with no known neurological health problems who volunteered to act as a simulated patient in order to demonstrate 'normal' responses to exam techniques. She is merely a reference point for exam procedures and protocols, as well as to denote subtle signs from diagnosed patients.
ESL - Student Presentation 2
First African-American ASB President Gives Keynote Address for Black History Month
Nic Lott, the first African-American Associated Student Body President opened the University's Black History Month's events with a keynote address to students, faculty, staff and community members in the Union recently. For more Black History Month events visit - http://events.olemiss.edu/events/index.php?com=searchresult. Video by Mary Stanton.
El Número 9 - Como Multiplicar (en Español)
Este video breve enseña como recordar la tabla del 9 de manera sencilla. El video dura 47 segundos.
When Sophie Gets Really, Really Angry
Story by Molly Bang. ASL translation by Marvin Miller
Creativ Inquiry Overview
At Clemson University, that's the unique combination of engaged learning and undergraduate research. Teams of students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. The range of topics is endless. Projects tend to be long-term, spanning three or four semesters. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their projects and to take risks. They learn to work as a team. They develop communication skills.