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MSTE Online Resource Catalog - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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4 to 12
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes....more
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MSTE stands for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. This is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of interactive activities and printable lessons to use in your classes. There are numerous math and science topics (including chemistry, measurement, probability, geometry, data analysis, physics, algebra and much, much more). Some parts of this site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Many of the interactives use Java Applets. These will run on most computers without additional software.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), probability (130), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Many of these activities would work well with an interactive whiteboard. Read the desciptions of the interactives to see the specific curriculum topics. Many have step-by step lessons included. There is truly something for everyone.
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The Race to Build the Atomic Bomb - Contra Costa County Department of Education

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9 to 12
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This site is designed to be a resource for teachers and students on the atom bomb. There is an interactive time line, excellent graphics on the physics of the ...more
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This site is designed to be a resource for teachers and students on the atom bomb. There is an interactive time line, excellent graphics on the physics of the atom bomb, biographies of major characters in the story and good teacher resources including lesson plans. This site might be useful to both science and social studies teachers. The graphics on the physics of the atom bomb are great, but the historical context setting and discussion is also excellent. There are links to WebQuests, and information about California state standards met by the lesson plans.

tag(s): cold war (29)

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Consider using this exploration about the development of the bomb as a focus while studying atomic particles or twentieth century history. The webquests are ready-to-go units or you can "cherry pick" sites to feature as a single class activity on laptops or in a lab.

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Submarines, Secrets and Spies - PBS Nova

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This PBS site has Quick Time 360 degree views of the inside of a submarine, recordings of underwater sounds, a quiz about sound, and first person accounts of life aboard ...more
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This PBS site has Quick Time 360 degree views of the inside of a submarine, recordings of underwater sounds, a quiz about sound, and first person accounts of life aboard a military submarine. The quiz, focused on the science of sound, would be interesting in a science class, but the centerpiece of the site is the Quick Time tour of a military submarine. You can choose either the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear powered sub, or the USS Springfield, a more modern version.

tag(s): engineering (125)

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Although military ships are not a typical curriculum topic, teachers studying technology and engineering topics will want to consider this site as a "real world connection" to illustrate some of the applications of technology and physics, especially for your more concrete learners.

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Meltdown at Three Mile Island - PBS The American Experience

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PBS site associated with an American Experience episode on the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear power accident in Pennsylvania. There is a Shockwave animation showing how the meltdown...more
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PBS site associated with an American Experience episode on the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear power accident in Pennsylvania. There is a Shockwave animation showing how the meltdown happened, a chronology of events, maps and teacher resources.

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While the site uses the "watch the video and discuss" model, the questions listed in the teacher resources section would be appropriate for a more general discussion on nuclear power. There is a nice map showing the location of nuclear power plants in the United States. The Shockwave animation explaining the meltdown might be useful in a science class discussion on nuclear energy, and would display well on an interactive whiteboard.

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Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull - Space Telescope Science Institute

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6 to 12
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Journey through space using the interactive "Journey to a Black Hole," complete with draggable tools and accompanying sound effects. You and your students will learn about the science...more
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Journey through space using the interactive "Journey to a Black Hole," complete with draggable tools and accompanying sound effects. You and your students will learn about the science of black holes through this tour, a comprehensive black hole encyclopedia, and many interactive questions and experiments about black holes.

tag(s): gravity (45), space (205)

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Teachers will want to check out the Content Overview while planning your lessons. Then fire up a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce the site and the topic. After that, this site is ideal for students to explore on laptops or in a lab as they seek answers to questions and build understanding about this intriguing space topic. The interactives actually allow them to "collect data" as a real scientist would. Make sure Flash is working on student machines!
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Flash Animations for Physics - David M. Harrison, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Toronto

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9 to 12
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Find FLASH animations free and available for your Creative Commons Use in your classroom on this simple-but-useful site. Topics include waves, quantum mechanics, vectors, optics, oscilloscope,...more
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Find FLASH animations free and available for your Creative Commons Use in your classroom on this simple-but-useful site. Topics include waves, quantum mechanics, vectors, optics, oscilloscope, nuclear, electricity and magnetism, general mechanics, and more. As explained in the Creative Commons link at the bottom of the page, you are free to copy and/or alter the animations for noncommercial use as long as you give proper credit and are willing to share them in a similar fashion.

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Try introducing these on a projector or interactive whiteboard in class, then have your students use them as part of their own illustrated explanations of physics applications. Armed with digital cameras or video, they can juxtapose these animations together with real-world examples, where appropriate, to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts. Ask them to make PowerPoint shows or videos to "teach" the concepts as review for others! Be sure to include a link to this page on your teacher web site for your visual-spatial students to use while reviewing for tests or doing homework.

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Physics Songs - Mr. White's Grade 12 Physics Class, Rothesay High School

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Whether you are trying to inspire physics for musicians or give your students an alternate way to study for tests, these student-written songs for physics are certain to be a ...more
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Whether you are trying to inspire physics for musicians or give your students an alternate way to study for tests, these student-written songs for physics are certain to be a hit.

tag(s): songs (52)

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If your classes are into podcasting, this is a great way to involve them in a creative way to show what they know about physics. It also provides options for multiple intelligences.

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Knock on the Door: Physics - EABJM

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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in physics. A team of teachers ...more
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This site, created by and for the largest independent school in France, is intedned to help teachers and students prepare for the IB tests in physics. A team of teachers from the school created the site. It includes extensive resources and readings on physics, as well as review activities. The content is separated into more basic and more advanced sections.

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Make this a reference link from your teacher web page or use the site as a different way to introduce content so students can move at thier own pace.

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NOVA Wings of Madness - PBS

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From a recent PBS Nova episode, this site deals with the early efforts of pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Santos-Dumont had the revolutionary idea that enabling humans to fly...more
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From a recent PBS Nova episode, this site deals with the early efforts of pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. Santos-Dumont had the revolutionary idea that enabling humans to fly would contribute to world peace, because people would experience a new, more pure, perspective on the world from above. A contemporary of the Wright Brothers, Santos-Dumont's designs influenced modern "ultralight" planes of today. The site includes biographical information about Santos-Dumont and a very nice slideshow of failed airplane designs. There is an interactive view of one of Santos-Dumont's planes showing its features. Under the teacher's guide, a classroom activity provides plans for various forms of paper airplanes illustrating principles of aerodynamics.

tag(s): air (163), aviation (39)

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Flying has always fascinated us, and flying failures are sometimes more interesting than successes. Students will know all about the Wright Brothers; they are unlikely to have heard of Alberto Santos-Dumont. The interactives are terrific and the paper airplanes would make a good hands-on activity. The readings about Santos-Dumont would also make good selections for a reading teacher trying to find motivating readings to teach comprehension strategies.
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Jason Digital Lab: Spacecraft Engineer - NASA

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Design a Spacecraft and learn what space engineers do using this virtual lab activity. There is teacher information and a three-part approach to the "mission." You do not need to ...more
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Design a Spacecraft and learn what space engineers do using this virtual lab activity. There is teacher information and a three-part approach to the "mission." You do not need to do all the parts, however. The best spacecraft designs submitted will be displayed on the web site. Includes national standards.

tag(s): engineering (125), nasa (39), space (205)

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Choose one or all three modules and laptops or a lab for students to work in small groups.

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National Institute of Standards and Technology Virtual Museum - NIST

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Investigate modern accomplishments in technology through these exhibits of technology accomplishments. Tech Ed and science teachers of all disciplines can highlight these accomplishments...more
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Investigate modern accomplishments in technology through these exhibits of technology accomplishments. Tech Ed and science teachers of all disciplines can highlight these accomplishments as real world connections to classroom learning or ask students to research the application of their classroom learning in the technology world. Of certain interest are topics that explain our systems of weights and measures, the technology time line, and the and stone wall test as a real world application of scientific method for practical purposes.

tag(s): engineering (125)

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Use this as a starting point for a research project or share portions on a projector as you begin units on different science and technology topics.

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Physics4Kids - Andrew Rader Studios

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3 to 8
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This informative and creative website presents students with information about various topics involving physics. Specific topics include motion, heat, magnetism, electricity, sound,...more
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This informative and creative website presents students with information about various topics involving physics. Specific topics include motion, heat, magnetism, electricity, sound, modern physics and more! This site includes pictures, information and interactive quizzes. This website provides information in almost all areas of physics. The graphics assist in helping students understand difficult concepts. Some of the pages require FLASH.

tag(s): electricity (89), heat (15), magnetism (35), motion (58), sound (100)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to involve the entire class. This will help your weaker readsers, since you students highlight important terms and use the pens to draw examples as they read explanations. NOTE: There are some portions of the site that appear to be "under construction." We recommend that you preview the sections you want to use before sending students to the site.
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NyeLabs - Bill Nye, Inc.

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K to 12
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for...more
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This website is a wonderful resource for teachers. Some of the highlights include video footage from Bill Nye, episode guides for 100 shows, questions and answers, instructions for at-home learning fun, directions to make some unique science crafts and some very interesting science facts. The site requires FLASH. Some downloadable directions use Acrobat Reader. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): scientists (68)

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If showing your class a Bill Nye video, the episode guides will help to organize the lesson. Students may enjoy simply surfing the site, some very interesting facts are displayed! Don't forget to check out the "home demos" for some new ideas. This is a great site to include as a general enrichment link from your teacher web page. Hook some young scientists!
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Singing Science Records - Ballads for the Age of Science

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1 to 12
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that ...more
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Listen to songs to teach important (and less important) science concepts. This collection of MP3 files was generated from an old set of records (yes, those round vinyl things that had scratches). While the actual copyright holder information is a gray area, you can feel safe in playing the songs from the site. Most likely, these songs from the 1950s and 60s are past copyright at this point. In any case, you can click to play from smaller or larger file versions. Be patient while they load, even over a broadband connection. It will be worth the wait to teach parts of plants, the water cycle, weather, motion, energy, electricity, and MANY other topics with just a computer and set of speakers to help students retain the information. Most of the content is elementary to middle school age, but some is high school level. Learning support teachers seeking alternate study strategies will love this one!

tag(s): animals (276), energy (197), mammals (32), motion (58), plants (144), space (205), water (130), water cycle (33), weather (188)

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Include the links to specific songs for review on your teacher web site or play one of the songs as students enter the room (a sort of audio anticipatory set). You will definitely need to turn up the speakers. Elementary music teachers might want to pick up one of the songs while the students are studying these topics and teach the music and lyrics during music class!

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Edheads Odd Machine - Edheads.org

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2 to 6
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Review and apply new knowledge of simple machines and laws of motion using this interactive set of activities. Students can even keep score. Your students will need to watch and ...more
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Review and apply new knowledge of simple machines and laws of motion using this interactive set of activities. Students can even keep score. Your students will need to watch and read as the machines work, stopping to ask for predictions and explanations. With younger students, you may want to partner weaker readers with stronger ones. Requires FLASH player! Teacher information and student materials (pdf) are also available, along with Ohio and National Standards.

tag(s): gravity (45), machines (30), motion (58), simple machines (36)

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This is an ideal review for a center in your classroom or for partners on laptops or in a lab. You could also include it as a link on your teacher web page for students to practice at home, if available.
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Conduction, Convection, and Radiation - Teach Engineering

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6 to 8
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This short unit covers the basic principles of heat transfer - conduction, convection, and radiation - using a series of simple classroom exercises. The lessons are standards-correlated,...more
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This short unit covers the basic principles of heat transfer - conduction, convection, and radiation - using a series of simple classroom exercises. The lessons are standards-correlated, and they include extensive background information for teachers' use.

tag(s): heat (15)

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Make Tracks - Questacon

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While the web is full of roller coaster sites, this flash-based simulation is a great tool to demonstrate acceleration and G-forces. Students can design their own coaster from a set...more
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While the web is full of roller coaster sites, this flash-based simulation is a great tool to demonstrate acceleration and G-forces. Students can design their own coaster from a set of "building blocks," then give it a test run to check its performance.

tag(s): forces (44), gravity (45), roller coasters (3)

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CLICK on CONTINUE to get to the actual game from the opening screen that tells you what plug-ins are needed. If you do not have Shockwave, you can click to get it from this screen. Try this one for a little on-line experimenting. Whose coaster is fastest?
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Fear of Physics - Simulations

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8 to 12
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Here's an extensive collection of physics simulations and videos. You'll find everything from collisions (pick your vehicle) to doppler effects, rotation, and lots more. There's nothing...more
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Here's an extensive collection of physics simulations and videos. You'll find everything from collisions (pick your vehicle) to doppler effects, rotation, and lots more. There's nothing like a good example to make a point, and you'll find plenty of those here.

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Fluids in Space - Physics Central

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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and...more
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What happens when you try to boil water in space? While it sounds trivial, the issue of working with liquids in zero-gravity environments has implications for space exploration and travel. It's just an idle question. This site explains the problems and what scientists are trying to do to manage it.

tag(s): gravity (45), space (205)

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Try this one as an interesting practical study in scientific experimentation.

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The Basics of Fusion - Princeton

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In May, 2006, an unusual international consortium signed a treaty that could lead to the eventual construction of the world's first commercial fusion reactor. With it would come the...more
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In May, 2006, an unusual international consortium signed a treaty that could lead to the eventual construction of the world's first commercial fusion reactor. With it would come the key to almost limitless energy. This backgrounder from a similar European consortium provides a much more basic introduction to how fusion works and why it presents such a challenge.

tag(s): energy (197), nuclear energy (24)

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In addition to its obvious applications in physics, this issue could have widespread economic and environmental implications. There are lots of "What if..." questions you could develop around this one.

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