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Crash Test Dummy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why are car manufactures required to install seat belts and airbags; do they really make that big of a difference? Scholars use a simulator to determine the amount of force dissipated by a seat belt and airbag in a head-on crash. This is...
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Pirate Ship

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Everything that happens is an interaction, from the wind blowing a sail to a cannon ball being thrust out of a cannon. A simulation shows the interactions involving a sail, air, ball, pirate, cannon, deck, ocean, and the Earth and the...
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Ballistics Tests

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How did scientists measure the speed of incredibly fast things before the invention of high-speed photography? Scholars virtually perform ballistics tests to discover the process. They control the rifle type, bullet mass, and target...
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Circle of Pong

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
A STEM activity presents a simulation of placing a scientific instrument in a lava flow. Teams design and build a device that can place a ping pong ball in a cup from a distance of at least three feet. They test and refine the device...
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Rover Landing

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Model the landing of the Mars Rover using an egg. The STEM activity has pupils create a landing device for a falling egg to simulate the landing of the Mars Rover. They test their devices through experimentation to safely land the device.
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Listening Devices

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What noise is coming from that box? Teams design and build a device that hears a noise from inside a box. Groups must complete the task within a time limit and use the STEM design process. Participants must be able to hear the sound well...
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Freestanding Structures

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How high can you go? In a STEM design challenge, teams design and build a structure using only dowel rods and rubber bands. The goal is to build the tallest freestanding structure using all of the dowel rods. Teams present their designs...
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Energy at Play

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Get the ball rolling and challenge your class to figure out how to make a ball move. The instruction segment is between two STEM activities devoted to doing just that. The first is simple and involves making a ball move from some force...
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Balloon Astronaut

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Design protection from high-speed particles. The STEM lesson plan highlights why astronauts need protection from space debris. Pupils use the design process to design, build, and test a spacesuit that will protect a balloon from a...
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Momentum

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you hit an object in the road when you're traveling at 60 mph, will it slow you down? Use the concept of momentum to explore this question. Make momentum calculations and predictions for velocity after collisions. 
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The Science of Rainbows

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rainbows bring happy thoughts, especially after a rainstorm. Lead your class in a physics exploration through the composition of rainbows and the science behind their construction as well as their geographical placement in nature.
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The Science of Snowflakes

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
We are all the same, yet we are all different—just like snowflakes. Learners explore the science behind snowflakes and their uniqueness as they view the video segment on snow. They conclude with a discussion about physical and chemical...
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The Science of Game of Thrones

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ready to don medieval costumes and gain a more thorough understanding of the science behind Game of Thrones? Pupils view a short video to explore the intricacies of a popular book and television series, and learn the science behind many...
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The Science of BBQ!!!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ready for a lesson on the wonders of cooking? Young scientists view the short video segment and explore the science of temperature changes on physical and chemical properties in food as the cooking process transforms raw ingredients into...
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Why Does Time Go Forward?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Has your class ever wondered why time always progresses in a forward direction and why we cannot travel backward? Learners view this short video segment to explore the concept of entropy and its relevance to time in relation to their...
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Using Conservation of Energy to Determine Average Impact Force

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Explore the center of gravity with your science class as they create a deadfall trap with common materials. They research the concepts of energy conservation and gravitational force before dividing into small groups to create a model of...
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Touchdown

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Individuals design and build a set of shock absorbers to protect their astronauts when they land. Using a limited amount of supplies, pupils build a system that will keep two large marshmallows from flying out of a cup when it lands...
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Bouncing Balls

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How high will it bounce? Groups determine the height different balls bounce off of different surfaces. By performing the necessary calculations, they determine the initial and final momentum of the balls. The included worksheet provides...
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Circular Motion

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Lead your class in this exciting activity to learn more about motion and its importance. Pupils learn about a centripetal and why it is required to maintain a constant speed in a circulating moving mass. They apply the equation for...
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Concentrating on Collisions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How important is momentum? Pupils investigate and apply the definition of momentum as they conduct analyses during a series of one-dimensional collisions. They infer the relative masses of two objects by carefully staging and predicting...
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The Mu of the Shoe

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is mu? Emerging scientists explore the coefficient of sliding friction, or mu, and apply its concepts as they complete activities in the interesting lesson. They measure the sliding friction between soles of their own athletic shoes...
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NASA Engineering Design Challenges - Spacecraft Structures

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
What kind of design challenges are there in building structures to support rocket engines? The unit takes design teams through the process of building the lightest possible thrust support structure that can withstand the necessary forces...
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Conservation of Momentum

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Assist your class with understanding collisions as they apply the Law of Conservation of Momentum. Pupils measure the momentum before and after manipulation of two objects so that one strikes another in an inelastic collision. The lesson...
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Run and Jump

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Has your class wondered how fast a human could run or how high they are capable of jumping? Help them understand these concepts as they explore acceleration and use an accelerometer to make semiquantitative measurements of acceleration...