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Observing Water's Thin 'Skin'

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Keep the tension up in the classroom. The class first observes as the teacher creates a dome of water above a glass by adding paperclips into an already full glass. Classmates then work in pairs to see how many drops of water can fit...
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Investigating Bubbles

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Bubbles are not always trouble. Pupils investigate surface tension in water and bubble mixtures by blowing bubbles and recording observations. Learners then create bubble wands of different shapes from pipe cleaners and observe the shape...
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Rainbow Water Stacking – Density and Salinity

For Teachers 8th Standards
Create layers of water. Pupils investigate different densities of colored water caused by salinity by trying to stack layers of water. Scholars compare two water samples to determine which is the most dense. As the class members work...
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Christa's Lost Lesson: Liquids in Microgravity

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How do liquids behave in space? Learners explore how liquids interact with each other by completing an experiment as part of the Christa's Lost Lessons playlist. They compare their results with the findings of an experiment completed in...
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Unknown Powders

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
Create a little scientific magic within your classroom! Learners mix powders and liquids and identify chemical reactions. Based on the reactions, individuals determine the identity of various powders.
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PS1A—Structure and Properties of Matter

For Students 2nd - 12th Standards
It's time we get to the heart of the matter! Explore standard PS1A in an informative video. The narrator guides viewers through the basic ideas of the structure and properties of matter. then discusses helpful strategies for...
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Exploring Rocks and Minerals

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Investigate the properties of rocks and minerals through a rockin' hands-on activity. Learners test rocks for various properties and, using a guide, attempt to identify different samples. They use various properties including hardness,...
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Please Pass the Salt

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Salinity is the focus of two experimenters that work to answer the question, How does salt change the physical properties of water? Super scientists compare the freezing rate of salt and fresh water, combine the two waters to observe how...
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Ripening of Fruits and Vegetables

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How long do fresh foods last in space at the International Space Station? Which foods perish quicker than others? How can astronauts preserve their foods to make them last longer in space? Young scientists test the rates at which some...
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Alloy the Way to Mars

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Future engineers test different alloys to determine the specific strength of each one. Based on the results, they make a recommendation to NASA on which alloy to use on engines for spacecraft.
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Magnet Circus

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Explore applications of magnetic force. Groups learn about magnetism and create a circus act using magnets in the STEM activity. They attempt to create a perpetual motion machine that makes use of magnetic force.
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Scientific Measurement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils learn everything from how to take scientific measurements, to accuracy/precision, to density and a plethora of topics from a presentation on the metric system.
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Are We Alone?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Find an answer to the age-old debate of whether life exists on Mars. Groups determine criteria to help look for signs of life on Mars. The activity has the class simulate testing Martian soil samples for signs of life before drawing...
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Density

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Explore the concept of density within states of matter—gases, liquids, and solids—through a group experiment in which young scientists test objects' texture, color, weight, size, and ability to sink or float.    
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The Right Tool for the Job

For Students K - 5th Standards
Is a saw a tool? What about a thermometer? Discover the applications of various tools with a learning exercise that accompanies a matching card game. Learners search for tools from a stack of cards and circle its match on their learning...
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Fractions of Fun

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Reinforce concepts and encourage learner engagement with a collection of math games, science experiments, and cross curricular activities. In one fun resource, learners sort objects, keep a diary of everyday fractions, play a game using...
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Normal Stuff in Not-So-Normal Places

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
How do everyday materials behave in unusual environments? is the driving question of this entertaining video about the properties of matter. To answer the question, the boiling point of water is examined at ground level, at the top of...
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Oobleck and Non-Newtonian Fluids

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Find out how matter fits into more than one state with this entertaining video that details non-newtonian fluids and a step-by-step instruction for how to make oobleck. 
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Material Magic - Making Diamonds

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Material scientists improve materials, but how? Find out in this engaging video that reviews the properties of matter, and investigates how diamonds are naturally formed and can now be grown in a laboratory.
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Material World

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
We are living in a material world. But how do we improve materials that have already been invented? Watch material scientists make current materials better and see how cell phone glass evolved from its once easy-to-break form to the...
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What's My Property

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
What exactly can we tell about an unknown substance by its properties? is the driving question of this physical science video focusing on matter. Here, scholars find the answer to the big question via investigation of what lies at the...
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Organizing Properties

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Gain insight into how scientists group materials based on their properties, such as conductibility and malleability, with this informative and engaging video. First, molecules, atoms, substances, and elements are reviewed, then an...
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Wood, Water, and Properties

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Why do bricks make terrible windows? Learn about how the different properties of matter, including transparency, reflectivity, and freezing, boiling, and melting points can help you observe what they are, as well as indicate their...
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The Science of Lunch

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Extend your class's observation skills with a video about additional properties of matter. The video covers the ways an item can be altered, including its hardness, malleability, conductivity, and magnetism as information you can use to...