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Atomic Theory

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
I designed a WebQuest that addresses the question "Why should you bother taking high school physics?" The quest includes an introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, conclusion, and teachers section...

Energy

Einstein Revealed
Ask students to tell you what time the would see if they rode the beam of light away from the clock displaying the current time...

Runaway Universe
The astronomers in NOVA's "Runaway Universe" program are using spectroscopy to identify various features of the cosmos...

Create the teacher-made worksheets. The worksheet should be in four sections...

What's Up with the Weather?
Have students calculate if there's enough energy (resource) to power the United States or the world on renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass, and wind...

Flight

B-29 Frozen in Time
I use NOVA's "B-29 Frozen In Time" program in my Small Engines class...

Danger in the Jet Stream
I teach a Space Science class that is designed to be more "hands on" and for students who have had trouble in science classes in the past...

Three Men and a Balloon
I teach a Space Science class that is designed to be more "hands on" and for students who have had trouble in science classes in the past...

Gravity and Forces

Avalanche!
We plan to do a series of two- to four-hour lessons on survival...

Building Big: Bridges
I developed an activity on bridges for my high school physics students that demonstrates how engineers design a bridge...

Doomsday Asteroid, The
One can calculate the minimum energy that an asteroid had when it struck. Simply calculate the work done in excavating the crater...

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
We just finished NOVA's "Car Crash" program in physics. We invited an insurance agent-adjuster to class...

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
I am an integrated science teacher for the 9th grade. My unit is titled "Celebrate Galileo"...

Roller Coaster!
We build roller coasters from pipe insulation, bend them into various shapes, and measure the distances travelled...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Students can construct a model of the Rainbow Bridge using coffee stirrers, pipe cleaners, thread, and index cards...

Super Bridge
After studying bridges, my 5th-graders work with a partner to construct suspension bridges...

Terror in Space
I use the following recipe to introduce the idea that space food is probably something that doesn't need to be cooked or put together and needs to be simple and nutritious...

Time Travel
I use NOVA's "Time Travel" program to supplement my introduction to the time travel theme of my Science Fiction course...

Properties of Matter

Einstein Revealed
Ask students to tell you what time the would see if they rode the beam of light away from the clock displaying the current time...

Elegant Universe, The: Einstein's Dream
I designed a WebQuest that addresses the question "Why should you bother taking high school physics?" The quest includes an introduction, task, process, resources, evaluation, conclusion, and teachers section...

Escape! Because Accidents Happen -- Fire
We just finished NOVA's "Car Crash" program in physics. We invited an insurance agent-adjuster to class...

Submarines, Secrets, and Spies
Students often do not understand the idea of pressure, particularly the pressure that air exerts (14 lbs per square inch) or that water exerts. These concepts fit nicely into a unit on physical properties, gasses, molecular spacing, or phases of matter...

Simple Machines

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Sound

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Structures

Building Big: Bridges
I developed an activity on bridges for my high school physics students that demonstrates how engineers design a bridge...

Roller Coaster!
We build roller coasters from pipe insulation, bend them into various shapes, and measure the distances travelled...

Secrets of Lost Empires I -- Pyramid
Students can construct a model of the Rainbow Bridge using coffee stirrers, pipe cleaners, thread, and index cards...

Sinking City of Venice
This is an eight-week unit I developed using the NOVA materials and others. Venice, Italy, has often been called the most beautiful city in the world. It may also be the most unusual...

Super Bridge
After studying bridges, my 5th-graders work with a partner to construct suspension bridges...

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