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Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
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This crosscurricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.
Standard(s): [MA2013] PRE (912) 33: Prove the Pythagorean identity sin^{2}(θ) + cos^{2}(θ) = 1, and use it to find sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) given sin(θ), cos(θ), or tan(θ) and the quadrant of the angle. [FTF8] (Alabama)
Subject: English Language Arts (7), or Mathematics (9  12), or Science (8  12)
Title: Attitude Determines Altitude
Description: This crosscurricular activity allows students an opportunity to practice their skills in math, science, language arts, and technology. As an extension to the ALEX lesson 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off, math and science teachers collaborate to allow students to apply their math skills in science class by calculating the altitude of a paper rocket. Students are given an opportunity to expand their literary knowledge by viewing an inspirational video clip by author, expert story teller, and NASA Rocket scientist Homer Hickam as he shares his adventures in rocket science growing up in the West Virginia coal mines.
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Title: Float or Sink?
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Students will define density and use the density formula to determine the density, volume, and mass of various items using the correct units for each measurement.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12)
Title: Float or Sink?
Description: Students will define density and use the density formula to determine the density, volume, and mass of various items using the correct units for each measurement.
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Title: Transform Me!  Types of Energy
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Students will understand the law of conservation of energy and the transformation of energy from one type to another.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12)
Title: Transform Me!  Types of Energy
Description: Students will understand the law of conservation of energy and the transformation of energy from one type to another.
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Title: Bloodstain Pattern Doesn't Lie......
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Students will formulate a hypothesis about the relationship (linear, direct, indirect, etc.) between the distance a drop of blood falls and the diameter of the splatter it makes. To test their hypothesis, the students will work collaboratively to make blood droplets, on paper, from different heights. After graphing droplet diameter and height using a spreadsheet program, individual students will evaluate their hypothesis. Students will use their graphed data to: 1) write an equation for the mathematical relationship of droplet diameter and height. 2) interpolate the height from which a blood droplet made by someone else was dropped. The students will compare data from different groups to determine possible sources for differences.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL2 (912) 21: Create equations in two or more variables to represent relationships between quantities; graph equations on coordinate axes with labels and scales. [ACED2]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12), or Science (8  12), or Technology Education (6  8)
Title: Bloodstain Pattern Doesn't Lie......
Description: Students will formulate a hypothesis about the relationship (linear, direct, indirect, etc.) between the distance a drop of blood falls and the diameter of the splatter it makes. To test their hypothesis, the students will work collaboratively to make blood droplets, on paper, from different heights. After graphing droplet diameter and height using a spreadsheet program, individual students will evaluate their hypothesis. Students will use their graphed data to: 1) write an equation for the mathematical relationship of droplet diameter and height. 2) interpolate the height from which a blood droplet made by someone else was dropped. The students will compare data from different groups to determine possible sources for differences.
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Title: Automotive Brake Serviceinspecting and Machining a Disc Brake Rotor Off the Vehicle.
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The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 8: Relate the law of conservation of energy to transformations of potential energy, kinetic energy, and thermal energy.
Subject: Science (9  12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9  12)
Title: Automotive Brake Serviceinspecting and Machining a Disc Brake Rotor Off the Vehicle.
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.
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Title: Automotive Brake Serviceinspecting and machining a disc brake rotor onthevehicle
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The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Subject: Science (9  12), or Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (9  12)
Title: Automotive Brake Serviceinspecting and machining a disc brake rotor onthevehicle
Description: The proper inspection machining or refinishing of disc brake rotors ensures quality brake repairs with little to no opportunity for returns for customer complaints. This lesson will teach inspection, measuring and machining techniques and procedures.
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Title: How High Did My Rocket Go?
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This is a lab in which the students will calculate the height of an air or water rocket by using trigonometry.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Subject: Science (9  12)
Title: How High Did My Rocket Go?
Description: This is a lab in which the students will calculate the height of an air or water rocket by using trigonometry.
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Title: Properties of Minerals
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This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALC (912) 10: Critique measurements in terms of precision, accuracy, and approximate error. (Alabama)
Subject: Arts Education (7  12), or Mathematics (9  12), or Science (9  12)
Title: Properties of Minerals
Description: This lesson will motivate students to recognize the basic building blocks of our planet. They will develop skills of observation and analysis. The students will begin the process of forensics on the basis of investigation and drawing conclusions from observations.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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Title: Diverse Life forms of the Ocean
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This lesson allows students to view and draw conclusions on the importance of life in the ocean. It uses student created movies to explore what is going on, as well as identifying the zones and diverse life associated with the oceans. The teacher will be able to facilitate multfaceted questions concerning the oceans and all the interactions of life within it.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [S1] ZOO (912) 8: Differentiate among organisms that are threatened, endangered, and extinct.
Subject: Science (9  12)
Title: Diverse Life forms of the Ocean
Description: This lesson allows students to view and draw conclusions on the importance of life in the ocean. It uses student created movies to explore what is going on, as well as identifying the zones and diverse life associated with the oceans. The teacher will be able to facilitate multfaceted questions concerning the oceans and all the interactions of life within it.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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Title: Curve Balls
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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.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
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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Title: Planet Gravity project
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This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass. Standard(s):
[S1] E&S (912) 1: Describe sources of energy, including solar, gravitational, geothermal, and nuclear.
Planet Gravity project Overview: This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass.
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Title: Balanced & Unbalanced Forces 2
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This podcast is one in a series of podcasts designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast teaches the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces including a demonstration of how to calculate each. The students also show combined forces and how to calculate them. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Balanced & Unbalanced Forces 2 Overview: This podcast is one in a series of podcasts designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast teaches the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces including a demonstration of how to calculate each. The students also show combined forces and how to calculate them.
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Title: Newton's Second Law
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This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law. They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Newton's Second Law Overview: This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law. They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion.
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Title: Nuclear and Gravitational Force
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This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces. The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast. They also define the unit for force. Standard(s):
[S1] PHY (912) 8: Summarize similarities in the calculation of electrical, magnetic, and gravitational forces between objects.
Nuclear and Gravitational Force Overview: This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces. The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast. They also define the unit for force.
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Title: Types of Friction
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This podcast is designed to introduce and demonstrate the common types of friction. Teachers and students alike will enjoy the descriptions and demonstations presented by students to assist with the understanding of the various types of friction forces encountered in our world. Standard(s):
[S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Types of Friction Overview: This podcast is designed to introduce and demonstrate the common types of friction. Teachers and students alike will enjoy the descriptions and demonstations presented by students to assist with the understanding of the various types of friction forces encountered in our world.
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Title: Curve Balls
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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.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
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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Title: Simple Machines Webquest
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This web quest allows students to explore simple machines, recreate them, and explain how they work.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Simple Machines Webquest
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This web quest allows students to explore simple machines, recreate them, and explain how they work.
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Title: Catch The Light
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Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Catch The Light
http://amazingspace...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Title: The Real Bionic Man
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This website provides lesson plans and activities to help students understand artificial parts that are implanted in humans.
Standard(s): [TC2] CA2 (912) 17: Create an interactive digital product using programming logic.
The Real Bionic Man
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This website provides lesson plans and activities to help students understand artificial parts that are implanted in humans.
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Title: Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
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Title: Physics of Projectile Motion
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Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two notetaking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Physics of Projectile Motion
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Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two notetaking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).
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Title: Chemistry 102: The Metric System
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This is GPB Television Podcast for the Metric System
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Chemistry 102: The Metric System
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This is GPB Television Podcast for the Metric System
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Title: Math in Basketball
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Basketball player Elton Brand describes how he became an NBA star, then presents a challenge about the math behind the perfect free throw shot.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AM1 (912) 2: (+) Solve problems involving velocity and other quantities that can be represented by vectors, including navigation (e.g., airplane, aerospace, oceanic). [NVM3] (Alabama)
Math in Basketball
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Basketball player Elton Brand describes how he became an NBA star, then presents a challenge about the math behind the perfect free throw shot.
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Title: Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law
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Physics 403: More of Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
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Title: Physics of Projectile Motion
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Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two notetaking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Physics of Projectile Motion
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Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.
Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two notetaking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).
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Title: Unit Conversion
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Use this webpage to convert units of measurement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 18: Convert among differentsized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multistep, realworld problems. [5MD1]
Unit Conversion
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Use this webpage to convert units of measurement.
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Title: Catch The Light
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Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Catch The Light
http://amazingspace...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
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Title: Physics Projectile Motion, Interactive Simulation
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This is an interactive simulation used to test the students calculations and predictions for projectile motion.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Physics Projectile Motion, Interactive Simulation
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This is an interactive simulation used to test the students calculations and predictions for projectile motion.
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Title: Physics Velocity and Accleration, interactive simulation
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This is an interactive simulation for physic students to calculate velocity and acceleration
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Physics Velocity and Accleration, interactive simulation
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This is an interactive simulation for physic students to calculate velocity and acceleration
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Title: Forces and Motion: Basics
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Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects
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Title: Density
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Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? Create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density. Can you discover the relationship? Use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object under water to measure its volume. Can you identify all the mystery objects?
Standard(s): [S1] MAR (912) 5: Discuss physical and chemical properties of saltwater.
Density
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Why do objects like wood float in water? Does it depend on size? Create a custom object to explore the effects of mass and volume on density. Can you discover the relationship? Use the scale to measure the mass of an object, then hold the object under water to measure its volume. Can you identify all the mystery objects?
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Title: Forces and Motion: Basics
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Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects
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Title: Water Bottle Rocket Competition
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Participants will design, construct, and test a rocket made from a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. The goal is to design a rocket that will remain aloft for a maximum period of time. Every group will launch their rocket 3 times. Do not use the same rocket body (2 liter bottle) for more than two launches. The first 2 launches will be test launches. Your group must choose one or more aspects of the rocket to test. After each test launch you must analyze what hurt your rocket’s performance the most and redesign it before the next launch day. Your goal is to have the best possible rocket by the final launch day.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Water Bottle Rocket Competition
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Participants will design, construct, and test a rocket made from a 2 liter plastic soda bottle. The goal is to design a rocket that will remain aloft for a maximum period of time. Every group will launch their rocket 3 times. Do not use the same rocket body (2 liter bottle) for more than two launches. The first 2 launches will be test launches. Your group must choose one or more aspects of the rocket to test. After each test launch you must analyze what hurt your rocket’s performance the most and redesign it before the next launch day. Your goal is to have the best possible rocket by the final launch day.
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Title: Sink or Float?
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This site allows students to complete a learning activity to test if items will sink or float.
Standard(s): [S1] MAR (912) 5: Discuss physical and chemical properties of saltwater.
Sink or Float?
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This site allows students to complete a learning activity to test if items will sink or float.
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Title: Unit Conversion
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Use this webpage to convert units of measurement.
Standard(s): [MA2013] (5) 18: Convert among differentsized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multistep, realworld problems. [5MD1]
Unit Conversion
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Use this webpage to convert units of measurement.
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Title: Catch The Light
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Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Standard(s): [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Catch The Light
http://amazingspace...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

