Global Grocery
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take a behind-the-scenes look at the biodiversity that's part of the many things they eat and use daily. The site opens by asking kids a series of questions to get them thinking about the ingredients in common foods and products. Then it takes them to a well-stocked kitchen, where they can mouse over everything from chocolate chip cookies and coffee to cough drops and cold m
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Saving Species
This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they take travel along with museum scientists to investigate biodiversity in Australia, Madagascar, and the Bahamas.
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How to Help Biodiversity
This OLogy activity teaches kids the many things they can do to preserve biodiversity. The printable checklist includes detailed examples in nine categories.
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Berkeley Writers at Work: Michael Pollan
Pollan reads from his work, is interviewed about his writing process, and answers questions from the audience. Michael Pollan is Knight Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. He is a contributing writer at the "New York Times Magazine", and the author of three books: "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World"; "A Place of My Own"; and "Second Nature". For many years he served as Executive Editor of
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May the Force Be With You: Drag
This lesson explores the drag force on airplanes. The students will be introduced to the concept of conservation of energy and how it relates to drag. Students will explore the relationship between drag and the shape, speed and size of an object.
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Biodiversity Count
This exercise opens up discussion on global biodiversity loss. Students count the number of species they can find in a five-minute block of time in both an urban green space and natural, unmanaged forest area. They will begin to recognize low and high biodiversity areas and understand what affects biodiversity loss. This exercise can be completed in one normal two-hour lab session. This SERC Starting Point site includes learning goals, context for use, teaching tips, assessment, and references.
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Biodiversity stuff to do: Endangered!
This Ology game site contains rules and a board for a board game dealing with extinction, particularly the modern biodiversity crisis. The players need to read endangered species facts from the board to answer questions on the spaces that they land in so that they can progress. Users can follow links to what to do and materials needed for the game.
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Saint Gaudens' Memorial to Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment
This site focuses on the powerful memorial created to honor one of the first African-American units of the Civil War. Six sections of in-depth material explore the artist and his working methods, historical background on Shaw and the regiment, the memorial and its conservation, text from the exhibition, and teaching resources.
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Motion Commotion
Inspired by the whimsical drawings of Rube Goldberg, students will leverage their knowledge of forces, work, simple machines and conservation of energy to design and build complex contraptions to complete a simple task.
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Calculate the Top Quark Mass
Students use conservation of momentum to calculate the mass of the top quark. This activity examines the fingerprint of a top/antitop production that took place in the D-Zero Detector at Fermilab on July 9, 1995. This activity will build on student understanding of vector addition and depends upon only a small amount of particle physics explanation.
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Applying Ohm's Law to Semiconductors
This project allows students to apply concepts of momentum conservation and energy conservation from classical physics. However, here they are not enough: they must be combined with modern physics, using concepts from relativity and particle physics as well as modern units that put energy, mass, and momentum in terms of MeV and GeV. Most important, students will learn about both fundamental and cutting-edge physics by actually doing what physicists do.
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Bonneville Power Administration's Resources for Teachers
Includes lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency, geothermal energy, water and electricity, stream environments and stream health, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and the life cycle of salmon. High school students can conduct an energy audit of their school.
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Returned to Former Splendor: Paintings, Conservation, and Dyes
Senior Paintings Conservator, Heidi Sobol offers a peek at the exhibition Returned to Former Splendor and discusses the conservation process involved in preparing the historical paintings now on display in the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada.
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Science In Focus: Energy
Interview with Stephen Connors about limited sources of energy and the importance of using renewable sources.,The interviewee responds to the question, "Why does the U.S. use more energy per capita than other countries in the world?" He talks a bit about how energy is taxed less in the U.S. so it's cheaper, but he also goes on to contrast patterns of energy use in America and Europe. He explains how cities planning was pro-founding affected by the availability (or lack of availability) of the
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Science In Focus: Energy
Interview with Dr. Sallie Baliunas about forms of energy including springs and magnets.,In this segment, Dr. Sallie Baliunas explains the energy transfers involved in pressing down and releasing a spring. She explains that potential energy gained from compressing the spring is changed into energy of motion, heat, friction, and sound. She explains that if we could measure with great accuracy, we could account for all the energy that appears to be lost. She goes on to state the law of conservat
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Biodiversity with David Suzuki
Preserving the diversity of life on earth has never been more important. Dr. David Suzuki discusses the significant role biodiversity plays in maintaining the health of our planet.
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Native American Community Teaching and Demonstration Garden Nez Perce Reservation, Nez Perce County,
This site provides information on a USDA research project. The primary objective of this project, a teaching and demonstration garden, is to provide hands-on teaching and demonstrations to grade school-age children, elders, the USDA Tribal Food Service Center, and other residents of the reservation. The primary teaching and demonstration efforts will target knowing native plants of the Americas; planting and establishing plants of the Americas; understanding garden vegetable culture and producti
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Fate of the West: the battle to save the world's most successful political idea [Audio]
Speaker(s): Bill Emmott | Liberal democracies of the West are in decline. A former editor of the Economist explains how they must change in order to recover and thrive. When faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth and solidifying power. We have seen it at various times in Japan, France and Italy and now it is infecting all of Europe and America, as the vote for Brexit in the UK has vividly shown. This insulari
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Igor Kokcharov
A+Click Math Challenge is a collection of illustrated challenging math problems for students in grades one through twelve. The website has a graduated set of over a thousand problems, starting […]

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