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Subject: English Language Arts (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: How to Make Something Simple...Hard
Description: Students will have completed a unit of forces and motion prior to the current unit of study on simple machines (lever, inclined plane, screw, wedge, pulley, wheel and axle). Students will review the functions and examples of simple machines and view example Rube Goldberg machines. Students will create a compound machine out of all six simple machines to complete a simple task of their choosing. The machine should meet the limitations given in the rubric and be able to be demonstrated at school. Students will complete a PowerPoint slide show about the history of Rube Goldberg machines and write an expository essay about their finished machine.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or English Language Arts (8), or Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Inventions Using Simple Machines Project
Description: Students will have completed a unit on the six simple machines (lever, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle) before beginning this project. Students will choose to investigate an invention composed of one or more simple machines that has already been invented, or they will choose to build a device composed of one or more simple machines. The invention must be safe to operate and it should be one that can be demonstrated at school. It should be one that students use themselves in everyday life. It should not be complicated.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 8), or Science (8)
Title: Building a Paper Airplane using Bernoulli's Principle
Description: This is a culmination activity used after students have studied Bernoulli's Principle as part of a unit on forces and fluids. Students will use the Internet, textbooks, library resources and their cooperative learning group to design three paper airplanes using a sheet of 8 1/2 inch X 11 inch recycled copy paper and four inches of tape. The cooperative group whose plane had the longest flight in the air will get the most points.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Mathematics (6 - 8), or Science (8)
Title: Incline Plane and the Crashing Marble
Description: Students will measure the effects of the height of an inclined plane on the force a marble produces to move a plastic, foam, or paper cup across a table. Students will discover that the higher the incline plane, the more force produced by the marble, which moves the cup a greater distance. Students will also learn how to graph data and discover the appropriate graph to use for comparison.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Science (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!!
Description: Working in cooperative learning groups, students research early astronauts, both men and women. They research various rocket and space shuttle designs. With this information, they use Newton's laws to plan, design, and create a paper rocket. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Wheelchairs     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about an organization that counts on some of the world's poorest countries to develop some of the most innovative new ideas in wheelchair design and manufacturing. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: The Bicycle as a System     
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson gives students an opportunity to examine the nature of systems in the context of an object with which they are very familiar--the bicycle. Students identify the properties of the various subsystems of a bicycle and examine how they relate to the whole.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inventors and Innovators     
Description: The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to use the Internet to explore the scientific enterprise and the contributions to science of various people. Students use the Inventor of the Week Archives on the Invention Dimension Web site to create a class project on American invention.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: Putting the Ice in Hockey     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore a Web site to learn that what happens at the surface of ice to give it its slippery nature can be explained by molecular motion. Students should be familiar with solids, liquids, and gases prior to this lesson.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science
Title: What Floats Your Boat?     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, the second in a three-part series on ships, students use what they have learned about ship design (along with some additional information on the Web about how ships are built) to design and build a small model boat, using limited materials. They then develop a procedure to determine the load line for their boat while it is in '' calm'' waters. Finally, they test their boat in '' rough'' waters to determine whether the load line is a practical one.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



ALEX Podcasts


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Stealth Glider
Overview:
Learn to make a Stealth Glider with a step by step video and included handouts.


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Archives Aeroflyer
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Learn to make an Archives Aeroflyer with a step by step video and included handouts. 


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How to Make Something Simple...Hard
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After studying the six simple machines, students work in collaborative groups to research and then create Rube Goldberg machines. These machines must complete a simple task by utilizing each and all of the six simple machines working together to complete this task. Students may use any materials they can find to create the machine.  Students will take digital pictures and/or video of their projects as they demonstrate them.


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Subject: Physical Education, Science
Title: Curve Balls     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Wheelchairs     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about an organization that counts on some of the world's poorest countries to develop some of the most innovative new ideas in wheelchair design and manufacturing. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Mi Kids - Simple Machines
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Photographs, descriptions, activities on simple machines

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