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Trampoline

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Does a trampoline use mostly potential or kinetic energy? Pupils adjust the mass of the jumper, stiffness of the trampoline, and initial jump height in order to answer that question. The simulation displays graphs of the various types of...
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Block and Tackle

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can you easily lift more than your own weight? With a pulley system, almost anyone can manage this challenge. Scholars adjust the mechanical advantage (number of pulleys), weight of object being lifted, and the length of rope pulled. The...
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Roller Coaster

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Roller coasters rely on both kinetic and potential energy, but how much total energy does a roller coaster need? Scholars vary the mass of a coaster and the height of the initial hill. Graphs showing the types of energy and total energy...
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Ramp and Piano

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can you lift a piano into a truck? Simulation allows scholars to explore the relationship between force, ramp length, and weight. Pupils control the variables of truck bed height, ramp length, weight of piano, and the number of friends...
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Loop-the-Loop

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What prevents a roller coaster from falling when it goes upside down? Scholars experiment with a roller coaster simulation controlling the mass of the coaster, the height of the hill, and the radius of the loop. They learn which factors...
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Malt Shop

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How does the soda clerk know exactly how to get the glass across the counter to the customer? Pupils use the simulation to adjust the launch velocity, glass weight, base area, surface material, and the customer's position to answer that...
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Building a Piezoelectric Generator

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In pairs, learners build a piezoelectric generator from readily available electric components in the second and final installment of the two-part series. Tapping the piezoelectric element produces enough electricity to light an LED....
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Circle of Pong

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
A STEM lesson 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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Design Challenge: How to Keep Items Cool in Boiling Water

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Keeping items cool in boiling water... what? This engaging activity challenges high school learners to build a container that keeps butter in a solid state when placing the container in boiling water. Groups use previous knowledge and...
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Concentrated Solar Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The seventh segment in an eight-part unit promotes the idea of concentrating the sun to increase the power of a photovoltaic panel. Pupils learn about devices used such as reflectors or lenses.
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The Temperature Effect

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How temperature affects the efficiency of a solar panel is the focus of the third in a series of eight resources that presents how engineers are able to control the temperatures of photovoltaic panels. Class members find out how the...
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Energy Storage Derby and Proposal

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Small groups use the engineering design process to build and test a vehicle capable of carrying 250 grams a distance of five meters. The design must allow for the storage of potential energy and turn it into motion, allowing the...
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Transformers and the National Grid

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Understand the science behind the path electricity takes to our homes. The video shows how the role of transformers is important to the efficiency of the system. 
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Enthalpy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Where does the heat come from in hand warmers? Learn about enthalpy, the change in energy in a system, to see that when chemical bonds are broken or formed, energy moves into and out of a system because of chemical reactions. 
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Renewable Energy Resources: Part 2

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What would we do without electricity? A video discusses alternatives to using non-renewable energy resources to create electrical energy. The focus is on geothermal conversion and solar cells.
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Renewable Energy Resources: Part 1

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Non-renewable resources will not last forever, so what are the next steps when it comes to energy? Luckily, renewable energy resources exist to create our electricity. The video explains how wind and water energy can be transferred to...
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Non-Renewable Energy Resources

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is a fossil fuel and why is it important? The video explains fossil fuels as an energy source and how they may be harmful to the environment. Nuclear energy is an alternative with its own implications. 
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The Energy Types

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How many types of energy can you name? A video introduces all 10 types of energy and gives a brief explanation of each. 
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Penny Battery

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Use pennies to light an LED. Class members follow the provided directions to build a multi-celled battery powered by pennies. Using stacks of pennies of varying heights, pupils control the voltage of the battery to light different colors...
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Groovy Sounds

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Make music. Class members construct a simple record player using a paper cone and a pin. The resource provides a description of what is happening and why listeners can hear the sounds through the cone. 
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The Wind Power Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Up it goes! Groups must design and build a windmill able to lift a weight. The packet includes discussion points to use prior to the build that cover topics such as variables, fairness, and the design process.
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Build Your Own Biogas Generator

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What is biogas and how is it made? After examining background information about the sources of biogas and biogas generators, class members follow the provided information and build a biogas generator that can be used in the classroom.
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Feel the Heat

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils examine how solar energy can supply power and heat on the lunar surface. As groups design and build a solar-powered water heating system, they test their system to determine the change in temperature of the water and redesign it...
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Roving on the Moon

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Take a rover out for a test drive. The challenge is to build a rubber-band-powered rover out of cardboard. Individuals or groups work at making modifications to a prototype rover to increase its efficiency.