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Magnetic Levitation

For Teachers 4th - 9th
A thorough investigation of magnetic levitation; this activity has four parts. First, physical scientists play with a wooden dowel and three disc magnets to review polarity and repelling action. Then they experiment with the strength of...
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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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Freestanding Structures: A Tech Museum Floor Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners attempt to design the tallest structure that they can with the given materials which are wooden dowels and rubber bands. They discuss the physics of their structure and how they would improve it the next time they built a...
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For Teachers 9th - 12th
Construct a demonstration apparatus for your lesson on resonance. Instructions are provided here to assemble dowels and balls into swinging objects that have different frequencies. It is a neat visual to include during your lecture if...
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Newton's Ist Law

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore Newton's First Law of Motion. They conduct an experiment to observe what happens to a ball that is placed carefully on slippery ice. They also observe what happens to a dowel on the ice, then draw and label...
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Earth, Sun and You

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers model Earth's revolution round the sun by walking a mini-globe around a lamp. You will assess whether or not they tilt and rotate the planet properly and that the revolution is counterclockwise. Discussion beforehand...
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Balancing Stick

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Have some physical science fun when studying the center of gravity or center of mass. Simply have balancing artists stand a dowel on one finger and keep it from falling over! A lump of clay is added and moved up along the dowel over a...
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Inventions to Solve Problems

For Teachers 5th
Challenge your class with this lesson on simple machines. Using a dowel rod, learners explore the invention process. They figure out original ideas for use of the dowel rod, come up with their own invention, and think through the...
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Everyday Insects

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discuss job of entomologists, explore characteristics of insects, examine various orders of insects, discuss part insects play in world, and construct their own insects out of pipe cleaners, wire wings, and wood dowels.
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Pitchy Patch Puppet

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students make a puppet. They use magazines, construction paper and a dowel rod to construct the puppet. This activity is part of a Caribbean Unit. A link for additional art lessons is included on this website.
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Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders realize the impact of dialect in literature as well as their own speaking and writing by reading selections from Frances O'Roark Dowell's novel, Dovey Cove.
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Power, Work and the Waterwheel

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use a two-liter bottle, dowel rod and index cards to design and construct a water wheel. They then calculate the power created and measure the work done by the water wheel in Watts and Joules.
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Sled Kite

For Teachers K - 8th
Young scholars make and fly a sled kite out of plastic garbage bags, dowel rods, and more. For this kite lesson plan, students plan the kite to have symmetry and make adjustments as they test it.
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Breaking Energy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners experiment with the amount of work required to break a piece of wood by hanging masses from a string attached to a thin dowel of wood. At the completion of activity, students calculate if a fast moving hand could break the dowel.
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Building Boats

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners research different types of boats in various time periods and cultures. Then they locate photographs and information about construction details of one type of boat. Students also use their research as the basis for designing and...
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Fraction Flags

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students research flag designs and their geometric configurations. They design their own fraction flag and utilize the concepts of measurement, geometry and fractions to their designs. Each student attaches a craft stick or short dowel...
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Wheels and Axles 1

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate how and why wheels are used in different types of machines. They work in teams trying to move a heavy box with and without dowels and discuss which way is easier to move the box. Next, they conduct an experiment...
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Frontal Impact Safety Challenge

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students create a vehicle that can withstand frontal impact. In this vehicle building lesson, students design a vehicle from paper, card stock, a rubber band, and a dowel rod. This vehicle must protect a raw egg when it is smashed from...
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Science Lesson: Home-made Generator

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are able to design and conduct an experiment related to electrical generation. They are able to list the factors that affect the amount of current that can be generated by a simple generator, such as the number of turns of...
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Just a Little Bit of Effort: Exploring Levers

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students build models of types of levers. In this simple machines lesson, students use dowels and modified wooden rulers to build different types of levers. They compete to create the most efficient lever in the class.
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Making/Building Kites

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners explore kite making.  In this cross curriculum fine arts and ancient Chinese history lesson plan, students activate prior knowledge about how kites were used in ancient Chinese culture.  Learners sketch an original kite design,...
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Wavelength And Resolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students perform a simulation of the workings of an electron microscope to discover that the resolution will need to improved to detect objects in the nano-scale. They use wooden dowels as detectors to determine the shape of objects in...
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Papunya Dot Paintings

For Teachers K - 12th
Students create examples of Papunya Dot Paintings using brushes, tempera or acrylic paints, dowel rods, and paper in this Art lesson for any grade or ability level. Examples of Papunya Dot Paintings are included as resource links.
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Kokeshi Dolls

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Pupils create Kokeshi Dolls using paints, dowel ends and glue. They research the traditions and history of Hina Matsuri, or girls' day in Japan.

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