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Fascinating Friction!
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.
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Windmill of Your Mind: Distributed Energy Goes to School
Students research the feasibility of installing a wind-turbine distributed energy (DE) system for their school. They write a proposal (actually, the executive summary of a proposal) to the school principal based on their findings and recommendations. While this activity is geared towards fifth-grade and older students, and Internet research capabilities are required, some portions of this activity may be appropriate for younger students.
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Chronos: a network for Earth system history
CHRONOS (Greek: time) aims to create a dynamic, interactive and time-calibrated framework for Earth history. CHRONOS's main objective is to develop a network of databases and visualization and analytical methodologies that broadly deal with chronostratigraphy - that is, with developing a better tool (the time scale) for understanding fundamental Earth processes through time. The CHRONOS platform will provide a new investigative environment for interdisciplinary Earth history research that includ
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Alternative Strategies to the Use of Vertebrates in Undergraduate Physiology Labs
There are many reasons to seek alternatives to the use of vertebrates, including cost and concerns with use of vertebrates in undergraduate laboratories. This major workshop explores examples of alternatives, including: a) an exploration of thermoregulation without using animals at all, b) an investigation of actomyosin function and membrane excitation using giant alga, and c) using insects to investigate taste receptors and digestion. This workshop explores the importance of providing good back
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STS.471J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System (MIT)
This course is a detailed technical and historical exploration of the Apollo project to "fly humans to the moon and return them safely to earth" as an example of a complex engineering system. Emphasis is on how the systems worked, the technical and social processes that produced them, mission operations, and historical significance. Guest lectures are featured by MIT-affiliated engineers who contributed to and participated in the Apollo missions. Students work in teams on a final project analyzi
Author(s): Mindell, David,Young, Laurence R.

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Computer enhanced education in undergraduate dietetics programs
Since computer technology was reported as underutilized on a previoussurvey, the objective of this study was to strengthen the role of technology forundergraduate programs in food and nutrition. The purpose was to determinewhether attendance at a workshop on computer applications would increase thevariety and frequency of use of computer applications and educational materials inundergraduate nutrition programs and would stimulate the development of computerenhanced education materials. A 89-item
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Absolute coverage measurements of ultrathin alkali-metal films on reconstructed silicon
Metal/semiconductor interfaces, particularly those involving Si, are of great technological and scientific interest. In atomically abrupt interfaces, many properties are determined by interatomic interactions over a few layers, i.e., over ~1 nanometer. The initial stages of growth of an atomic layer related to structural and electronic properties are thus important to thin film behavior. Surface science studies on metal-semiconductor systems often lead to contradictory conclusions regarding bond
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NASA CONNECT The Venus Transit
In NASA CONNECT Venus Transit, students will learn about the importance of using scale models to represent the size and distance of objects in the solar system and beyond. They will be introduced to the astronomical unit (AU), the baseline distance from the Earth to the Sun, which astronomers use to determine the relative distances from the Earth to other planets, stars, asteroids, and objects in space. They will also discover fascinating facts about the Venus Transit, a celestial and historical
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Musculoskeletal, Fall 2007
This sequence provides foundational basic science knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, integrated with clinical relevance.
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Central and Eastern Europe: Peace Corps
provides lessons about stories, letters, and folk tales from experiences of Peace Corps volunteers in rural and urban areas of Central and Eastern Europe. Topics include folk tales, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, fear of certain numbers, transition from a state-controlled system to a democracy, school in Ukraine, the importance of speaking another language, storks and cultural icons, and family traditions as macrocosms of larger cultures.
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Pump It Up!
Students learn about their circulatory system by designing a pumping device that will effectively pump fluid through a given cardiovascular system.
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Float a Boat
Design and build a vessel with its own propulsion system that will carry cargo across a wading pool. PDF document.
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Environmental Landfill Management
Lesson objectives: Students will be able to identify what a pollutant is and its affects on the environment. The students will demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary used in environmental management by the DOE and other federal agencies. The students will attain a basic understanding of waste problems within our environment and the fundamental concepts of the laws of nature, science, physics, and engineering. Students will construct and operate a small-scale leach-bed barrier system.
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Balloon photography of earth fissures near Apache Junction
A series of balloon photographs of earth fissures near Apache Junction.
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Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science. Session 1. What Is Matter?: Properties and Classif
Matter is all around us,it’s what we and everything else are made of. Yet how do we define matter? What are the properties of matter that set it apart from something that is definitely not matter – such as light? In this session, we’ll build a working definition of matter, and distinguish between the different forms that it can take. We’ll also sort out the difference between “essential” and “accidental” properties of matter, and look at the role of classification in science,Students inv
Author(s): Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Creating Custom Map Images of Earth and Other Worlds
This chapter familiarizes users with Jules Verne Voyager, a freely available online map tool that includes data for Earth as well as 19 other planets and moons. Users create a variety of map images then save and import the images into a presentation or a word-processing document. In the activity, users explore the range of data that are available to create map images: 100 different types of data are available to characterize portions of Earth. In addition, Voyager has at least one type of data f
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Science in Focus: Energy: Workshop 4. Energy in Cycles
Energy can be seen in cycles every day, from the bouncing of balls to the swinging of pendulums. In this session, further explore the relationship between kinetic and potential energy to understand how cycles begin and are sustained, and why they decay.,This segment explores the question "What happens to energy when something swings, bounces, or oscillates?" by visiting classrooms as well as interviewing students and scientists.
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Climate Modeling Program
The research-based Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) is funded by NSF ITEST. Curriculum based resources were designed with input from 21 scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. Resources include K-12 inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather, digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD).
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Learn Basic Computer Skills : Moving Files in Microsoft Windows
Moving files in Windows XP is a basic skill you'll need to know to master this operating system.

Expert: Ross Safronoff
Bio: Ross Safronoff started using a two piece VHS camera system, and then progressed to a 8mm camcorder, then Hi-8, followed by a mini-DV, and finally a Digital8.
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Geronimo and the San Carlos Apaches of Arizona
Pacification program of the US Military and the Reservation System, heroic field officers General George Crook and Lt. Charles Gatewood; Gen. Nelson Miles and the betrayal of Apache scouts.
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