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How a Sailboat Works: Hull Speed and Buoyancy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How can you determine the maximum speed of a sailboat? A sailing presentation included with a straightforward lesson plan prompts learners to calculate the maximum speed of a sailboat with a displacement hull. The presentation continues...
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How a Sailboat Works

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
An instructive slideshow presentation won't take the wind out of your sails! Alesson plan and the included presentation show how a sail works to push the sailboat downwind. It goes on to present how the sail and the keel work together in...
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Applying Newton’s Laws

For Students K - 12th Standards
Newton's Laws get the rocket to work, but do they serve any other functions? A six-page resource classifies rockets by the type of propellant they use. It then describes applications of Newton's Laws of Motion, both in the ability to...
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How a Sailboat Works: Hull Type

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
A sailing presentation focuses on different hull and keel designs, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. Middle and high schoolers calculate values that determine the stability of a sailboat with a helpful handout. 
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Push or Pull - Adding Vectors

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Demonstrate Newton's Second Law of Motion with an engaging lesson. Individuals explore the difference between forces in relation to a push or a pull, and they identify various forces that cause an object to move. They explore the concept...
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Navigating by Good Gyrations

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The wheel goes round and round, round and round. Learners observe four demonstrations that use a spinning bicycle wheel. After the demonstrations, the class discusses the forces involved with a gyroscope. Discussion questions tie inertia...
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Run!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Your class gets to graph themselves in this full-body activity, plotting their own distance vs. time graphs for a number of different tests. After running and walking their trials, the class works to develop the connection between slope...
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8th Grade Science Resource Book: Unit 2 - Physics

For Students 8th Standards
Get things moving with this extensive collection of physical science resources. Covering the fundamentals of measurement, graphing, lab safety, and experimental design as well as the specific scientific concepts of velocity,...
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Six Kinds Do It All

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Teach young engineers that all machines, no matter how complicated or complex, are made up of just six simple devices with this hands-on physical science lesson. Using the included templates, students first create paper models of...
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Simple Machines Design Project

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Make your work as a teacher a little easier with a physical science project on simple machines. After introducing young scientists to these devices and identifying their different uses around the school, this project engages children in...
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Blow the Roof Off!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Blow the minds of young scientists with this collection of inquiry-based investigations. Based on a series of eight videos, these "hands-on, minds-on" science lessons engage young learners in exploring a wide range of topics from making...
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The Mighty Mathematics of the Lever

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Exactly what did Archimedes mean when he said, "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth"? Watch this video and find out as it explains the mathematics behind levers, and explores a few fun hypothetical situations involving...
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Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Explore the laws of motion though a window book activity. Learners use the provided templates to put together a book that includes Isaac Newton's three laws. Behind the window flaps, they can place images, graphic, experiment results,...
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Robot Basketball

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Hold a free-throw shooting challenge in your engineering class! Each team must design a contraption that will fire off a "robot arm" or, more specifically, a catapult, to send a Ping-Pong ball into a basket. Use this as an opportunity to...
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Spring Scale Engineering

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
After examining how a spring scale works, teams work together to design their own general measurement device. Reading material provides background information, but there is no part of the procedure in which learners handle an actual...
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STEMonstrations: Newton's 2nd Law of Motion

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Do the laws of physics apply in space? Astronaut Randy Bresnik explores Newton's second law of motion in one part of the "STEM on Station" series. Then, learners explore the same concepts in the classroom by propelling a car weighted...
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Christa's Lost Lesson: Newton’s Laws

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How do the laws of motion work in space? Learners explore Newton's laws of motion in different experiments as part of the Christa's Lost Lessons series. They rotate around the room in three stations to experience each law in action using...
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Levers that Lift

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Introduce your class to to the remaining three simple machines-- the lever, pulley, and the wheel-and-axle with a plan that includes the three different types of levers in the discussion of levers. The lesson continues with the...
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Get Me Off This Planet

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What do Newton's Laws have to do with getting from Earth to Mars?The activities in this resource show how Newton's Laws work with rockets to get them into space. Background information includes facts about orbits and how orbits are used...
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The Advantage of Machines

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Show your students how to make their work easier. The first lesson plan in a series of 10 introduces the class to work and the way simple machines can be make work easier. The simple machines scholars can find in everyday items are...
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Forces

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
May the mass times acceleration be with you. The presentation covers forces, Newton's three Laws of Motion, momentum, and vectors.
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Roller Coaster Mania!

For Teachers 3rd - 10th Standards
Raise the energy level of your physical science class with this exciting hands-on activity. Applying their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion, young engineers use foam tubing and marbles to create...
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Pulleys and Force

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Pupils investigate pulleys and pulley systems. They demonstrate how multiple pulleys dramatically reduce required force. They study hoe pulley systems are used in machines and impact everyday life.