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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Foam Rocketry - What's your angle?
Description: In this lesson, students will construct rockets from pipe insulating foam and use them to investigate the trajectory relationship between launch angle and range in a controlled investigation. 


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: FAR OUT!
Description: This lesson focuses on the use of the Hubble Space Telescope for the purpose of researching other planets, stars, etc. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Freezing Things - States of Matter
Description: The class will go back over the Power Point presentation on chemical and physical properties. The teacher will then conduct numerous liquid nitrogen demos. This lesson is used early in the Chemistry course. The students love it. This lesson can be used to spark interest in science. The students (in cooperative learning groups) will then be required to produce a concept map and short report on an assigned gas.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Thinkfinity Lesson Plans


Subject: Science
Title: Mars Earth Orbit - Model      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, uses circular orbits to approximate the paths of Mars and Earth. Users can view a diagram depicting the orbits of both planets around the sun and see how their relationship to one another changes as they complete their orbits.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Mars Earth Orbit - Actual      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, uses the actual distances and speeds of the planets to simulate the relative positions of Earth and Mars. Because the center of the Earth s orbit is approximately the Sun and the center of Mars orbit is about 22 million miles from the Sun, the orbits of the two planets are closer to one another on one side of the Sun than on the other side. The interactive illustrates this fact.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Space Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Technology of Mars Exploration      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, asks students to research the types of technology that are used to map and explore Mars. Students imagine that they are working as technology experts for NASA and create visual presentations to show the American public the types of technology that their tax dollars are funding for Mars mapping and exploration.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Make a Mission      Add Bookmark
Description: This tool, created by Science NetLinks, helps users understand some of the factors involved when NASA designs a real mission to space. In this interactive game, users build a spacecraft in order to explore the planet Mercury--just as the NASA team did when they planned and built the real MESSENGER spacecraft. While this page links to the overview for the Make a Mission tool for grades 6-8, you can access reviews for additional grades and benchmarks using the navigation tools at the top of the overview.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Dangers of Radiation Exposure      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to learn about sources of high-energy radiation and calculate student exposure to ionizing radiation over the past year. In the first part of the lesson, students calculate their yearly exposure rate to harmful high-energy radiation and cumulative effects over time. They then use the information to evaluate the various sources of radiation that are of greatest concern for them. In the second part of the lesson, students learn that spacecraft and other objects in space must be concerned with the same kinds of radiation to which humans are exposed.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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