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Absolute Zero
In "Building a Bulb Thermometer," students build and calibrate their own bulb thermometers. Grades 6-8.

Can Buildings Make You Sick?
In "Air Sampling," students collect and observe airborne particles in and out of the classroom. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Cancer Warrior
In "What's the Right Dose?" students determine the toxicity of salt to an intracellular liver process using a dose response curve to learn more about chemotherapy. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Einstein's Big Idea
In "Messing with Mass," students conduct an inquiry into the meaning of m in E = mc2 by exploring how objects of mass interact during a chemical reaction in a plastic bag. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Everest -- The Death Zone
In "The O2 Factor," students determine the concentration of oxygen in the air. Grades 6-8.

Forgotten Genius
In "What It Takes to Change," students visit stations in the classroom to investigate physical and chemical changes and then apply what they have learned to a story about physical and chemical changes that occur in everyday life. Grades 6-8.

Lincoln's Secret Weapon
In "Dive, Dive, Dive," students explore how principles of gas behavior relate to diving in order to plan safe underwater activities. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Mountain of Ice
In "Secrets in the Ice," students graph and analyze sodium, chloride, and sulfate ion concentrations collected from an ice core to learn about past atmospheric conditions. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Newton's Dark Secrets
In "Secret Symbols," students read and interpret a passage from a famous alchemical text titled The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
In "Mission: The Search for Life," students learn how planetary spectra can be used to search for life on other worlds and analyze a mystery planet ís spectrum for potential signs of life. Grades 9-12.

Race to Catch a Buckyball
In "Building a Buckyball," students construct a paper model of the 60-carbon-atom Buckyball. Grades 6-8.

Science Odyssey, A: Bigger, Better, Faster
In "Super Polymer," determine the absorbency of sodium polyacrylate to understand some properties of a polymer. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Science Odyssey, A: Origins
In "The Dating Game," simulate radioactive decay and determine half-life to understand the concept and its use in determining the age of materials. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Viking Deception, The
In "Extracting Colors," students make plant-based dyes and learn about some the chemical pigments responsible for the color they impart. Grades 6-8.

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