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Modeling: Mathematical, Physical and Conceptual

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Scientific models help explain ideas and concepts to non-experts. The online activity covers conceptual, mathematical, and physical models. Through four multiple-choice questions and three discussion questions, scholars gain a deeper...
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Atoms to Molecules: Constructing Helium

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Protons and neutrons and electrons, oh my! Physical science scholars get hands-on with interactive atomic modeling. Starting with a simple helium atom, participants create and name ions, then build isotopes. Questions throughout the...
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Scientific Models: Mathematical, Physical and Conceptual

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
This is one super model interactive! Middle and high school science scholars examine scientific models through a simple resource. Guided, hands-on practice allows them to classify conceptual, mathematical, and physical models. Other...
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Hot Oven

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why does the air in a hot oven not burn skin, but metal in the oven does? The simulation focuses on the difference between temperature and thermal energy and the way these are transferred. Scholars adjust the temperature of an oven and...
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Fish vs. Rose

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Examine the science behind rates of diffusion. The video lesson and following interactive activity focus on the molecular components of different smells. Learners monitor the diffusion of each smell as they 'race' through a room.
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Expand and Contract

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Gaps are essential to engineering bridges and roads. Learners watch a video showing a typical construction of a bridge to see why they're so important. They then manipulate an interactive to model the effects of temperature change on the...
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Glued into Science—Classifying Polymers

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Explore the unique characteristics of polymers. A complete lesson begins with a presentation introducing polymers. Following the presentation, young scientists develop a laboratory plan for creating substances using polymers. They test...
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What's the Matter?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What makes ice, water, and steam different? Their molecular arrangements are the same, but their movements are different. Individuals make this conclusion by completing the simulation activity. 
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It's Just a Phase

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Explore the phases of water as temperature rises. Pupils consider the idea that temperature remains constant during each phase change. An interactive exercise allows your young scientists to observe the temperature and molecular motion...
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Don't Slip

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Salt is the go-to material when people need to melt ice—learn the chemistry behind its effectiveness with an interactive lesson. Pupils watch a short narrative and then explore the concept through a simulation. Young scientists...
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Engineering for Mesopotamia

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Use engineering principles to solve issues in farming. The STEM project teaches scholars about several challenges encountered by farmers in ancient Mesopotamia. They design machines that could overcome these challenges.
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Bobsled Blitz

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Design an aerodynamic bobsled. Groups create a bobsled that meets certain constraints from everyday materials. After learning about friction, aerodynamics, acceleration, and terminal velocity, pupils get a chance to improve on their...
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Analogous Models

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What goes into a museum display? A secondary-level STEM project prompts groups to design a museum display for the Tech Museum of Innovation. They create an analogous, interactive model illustrating a science concept to complete the lesson.
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Balloons and Buoyancy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
If you are flying high in a hot air balloon, can a helium balloon pass you? Simulation allows pupils to predict how changing pressure, volume, and temperature impacts helium balloons, hot air balloons, and a sphere filled with a...
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Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Some chemical reactions produce heat, but what is really going on? Lesson focuses on the concept of energy changes, both exothermic and endothermic. Scholars perform multiple experiments, hands-on activities, and view videos of the...
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What is a Chemical Reaction?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
When a candle burns down, what happens to the mass that appears to be shrinking? Lesson begins with a demonstration of the chemical reaction of a candle burning. Then scholars use atom models to observe conservation of mass concretely. 
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Does Temperature Affect Dissolving?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When making sweet tea, why do people dissolve the sugar in hot tea instead of cold tea? The class discusses the previous lab and builds upon it. Working in groups, they design an experiment to determine how temperature affects the...
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Using Dissolving to Identify an Unknown

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
There is a solvent called aqua regis that can dissolve gold! After observing a solubility demonstration, groups receive four known crystals and one unknown. Based on the demo, they design an experiment to determine the identity of the...
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U-Values and Specific Heat Capacity

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you want to keep warm, learn how chemistry can help you choose materials when building a house. The video informs pupils how to interpret a u-value in relation to a given material. In addition, the instructor explains specific heat...
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Evaporation and Condensation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sweating isn't gross; it actually serves an important purpose! Learn how evaporation absorbs energy and condensation releases energy. 
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The Hot in the Cold

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Turn up the heat with these lesson plans! Class members have a chance to model molecules in different states of matter, observe demonstrations of different types of heat transfer, and perform an activity exploring heat transfer in lab...
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Air, It's Really There

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Love is in the air? Wrong — nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide are in the air. The final lesson in the series of five covers the impact of temperature on gases. Scholars view a demonstration of gas as a type of matter before performing...
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The Ups and Downs of Thermometers

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What has a thermometer earned that your pupils haven't? A degree! After reviewing the previous lessons about molecules and degrees, scholars observe how thermometers work before building their own. The module includes a activity sheet.
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Molecules in Motion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
I heard that oxygen and magnesium were going out and I was like "O Mg."  Pupils experiment with adding food coloring to water of various temperatures in order to determine how temperature impacts molecular movement. This is the...