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Optics for Kids - Optical Society of America

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6 to 12
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This site about optics and the uses of light offers students sevearal games and explanations that help explain vision and color, lasers, and the uses of optics in medicine and ...more
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This site about optics and the uses of light offers students sevearal games and explanations that help explain vision and color, lasers, and the uses of optics in medicine and science. The design is less than intuitive, but there is interesting content in this one.

tag(s): optics (15), vision (86)

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How to Make a Pinhole Camera

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4 to 12
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Here's a science project that actually works. This site includes complete instructions for building a pinhole camera that students can use to take "real" pictures that can be surprisingly...more
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Here's a science project that actually works. This site includes complete instructions for building a pinhole camera that students can use to take "real" pictures that can be surprisingly good. The required materials are easy to find, and this one can be both fun and educational.

tag(s): light (49), optics (15)

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ExploreScience - ExploreLearning

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9 to 12
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and...more
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This is a collection of well-written instructional modules that introduce scientific concepts, primarily in physics and life sciences. All modules use Flash/shockwave animation, and they can be used to teach or reinforce principles. Each module includes interactive elements that require students to participate in the presentation.

tag(s): genetics (94), mass (22), optics (15)

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These modules will be challenging content for some students, but the quality of both content and presentation is excellent. There are lesson plans associated with each module.
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FIRST Competition - FIRST

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4 to 12
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers...more
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers detailed instructions as well as information on previous competitions - including some examples.

tag(s): robotics (24)

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If you have students who are serious competitors, this would be a great challenge.

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Be Inventive

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4 to 8
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Here's a classroom activity from the Boston Museum of Science that asks students to create their own inventions to solve a problem of their own choosing. Based arounsd Leonardo DaVinci's...more
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Here's a classroom activity from the Boston Museum of Science that asks students to create their own inventions to solve a problem of their own choosing. Based arounsd Leonardo DaVinci's and the properties of simple machines, the unit asks students to design their own invention.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (95), leonardo davinci (4)

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NSF Classroom Resources - National Science Foundation

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4 to 12
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry....more
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This is a collection of science and math lessons and web resources ranging from how the Internet works to nanoscience, engineering, biology, and principles of physics and chemistry. The content is predictably detailed, "real science" based on topics and phenomena that will interest students. These are the best of the best lessons and resources with applicability to lots of settings.

tag(s): antarctica (29), arctic (45), biomes (115), chemicals (41), computers (92), cultures (107), earth (232), engineering (126), environment (321), fractions (237), geometric shapes (166), numbers (201), origami (17), planets (126), robotics (24), space (216), symmetry (54)

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Bookmark this site as a reference site for finding further material. Under each subject find a varity of formats from forums and articles, to videos, interactives, podcasts, experiments and more. Some of the resources on this site may lead to a starting point for individual or group projects. Use parts of this site at a center. Share this site with staff (especially new teachers) and parents looking to extend science and math activities at home.

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Physics OnLine

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9 to 12
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This site from British Columbia includes details and student handout, judge sheets, and other info on the 18 year old balsa bridge building contest conducted at the Vancouver, BC school....more
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This site from British Columbia includes details and student handout, judge sheets, and other info on the 18 year old balsa bridge building contest conducted at the Vancouver, BC school. Structure your own contest and/or learn from their experience.

tag(s): bridges (8)

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Physics Lecture Demonstrations

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6 to 12
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This rather long page has a list of puzzling demonstrations (many with simple materials) you can use to spark student interest and challenge their powers to explain what they observe....more
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This rather long page has a list of puzzling demonstrations (many with simple materials) you can use to spark student interest and challenge their powers to explain what they observe. A great resource.

tag(s): forces (45), matter (60)

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Interactive Physics Problem Set

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9 to 12
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This site has 100 physics problems, listed by topic, for students to attempt and find the answers online. Simulations(movies) may be viewed by Macintosh computers only, but texts of...more
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This site has 100 physics problems, listed by topic, for students to attempt and find the answers online. Simulations(movies) may be viewed by Macintosh computers only, but texts of the problems work on any computer. Great for reinforcement in another medium.

tag(s): forces (45)

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Zona Land : Education in Physics and Mathematics - Ed Zobel

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Click on the "More Science..." link to access activities with Physics or the "More Math..." link for Geometry, Trigonometry, and more. Find a Simple Data Grapher, Curve fitting, Graph...more
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Click on the "More Science..." link to access activities with Physics or the "More Math..." link for Geometry, Trigonometry, and more. Find a Simple Data Grapher, Curve fitting, Graph paper, and help with many mathematical concepts in the math section.

tag(s): calculators (41), charts and graphs (196), forces (45), functions (69), light (49), motion (61), optics (15), vectors (25), waves (24)

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This site includes simple definitions of physics terminology and a game to demonstrate momentum. It has a good array of mathematical content useful for students in or out of class. It could be useful for student review or supplemental material. Be sure to link this site to your class web page or bookmark on a classroom computer for easy access.

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Virtual Physics Lab

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9 to 12
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Here's a site from the University of Oregon that offers a collection of Java applets that illustrate physics lab activities - like plotting the trajectory of a cannonball - that ...more
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Here's a site from the University of Oregon that offers a collection of Java applets that illustrate physics lab activities - like plotting the trajectory of a cannonball - that might be difficult in the classroom. Though the quality of these applets is uneven, the site is well worth a look since it could easily be used in either individual or group settings.

tag(s): forces (45)

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Trebuchet.com

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6 to 12
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how...more
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This privately published site documents and illustrates the history of the trebuchet, a marvel of medieval physics that could hurl heavy things great distances. Students can learn how to build their own miniature version, and they can study why the trebuchet worked so efficiently. This one's both fun and instructional.

tag(s): medieval (27)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce a unit or lesson on the physics of throwing machines. Use this site to provide a historic example of their many uses. Teachers can focus simply on the history of mechanics of the machinery OR can have students attempt to create their own based on the directions and resources provided. This would be a great resource for either a History or Physics classroom.

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Skateboard Science - The Exploratorium

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6 to 12
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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a fascinating look into the physics behind all those bizzare skateboard tricks. Learn why riders and boards stay together, and about...more
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This site from San Francisco's Exploratorium offers a fascinating look into the physics behind all those bizzare skateboard tricks. Learn why riders and boards stay together, and about the forces that combine to make a successful trick. Along the way, there are links to other related topics.

tag(s): forces (45)

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The Physics Classroom, Glenbrook, IL

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9 to 12
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This site has a complete online high school physics tutorial for students, including links to animations to understand basic concepts. Class projects, supplemental resources, and Internet...more
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This site has a complete online high school physics tutorial for students, including links to animations to understand basic concepts. Class projects, supplemental resources, and Internet problems are included. A real treasure chest!

tag(s): enrichment (13)

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Physics4Kids

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This is an engaging, "real science" site with explanations and narrative designed to keep students involved. There are explanations of more than a dozen concepts, each in sufficient...more
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This is an engaging, "real science" site with explanations and narrative designed to keep students involved. There are explanations of more than a dozen concepts, each in sufficient detail that the site can serve as both an independent study and an enrichment resource.

tag(s): enrichment (13)

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Teachers may also find the site a good resource for strategies on conveying abstract concepts.

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Physics 2000 - University of Colorado

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View very well done simulations (Java Applets) of Physics concepts. Some may be a little slow to load into your computer, but they are worth the wait to illustrate concepts ...more
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View very well done simulations (Java Applets) of Physics concepts. Some may be a little slow to load into your computer, but they are worth the wait to illustrate concepts which change and move on the screen. Along with the simulations are buttons to click to "put it in context," i.e. explain how the concept relates to something in everyday life. Use this as a student resource or on a projector for the entire class.

tag(s): matter (60)

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The Particle Adventure - Particle Data Group

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9 to 12
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Navigate through the world of atoms, quarks, anti-matter, and neutrinos while exploring two fundamental questions: "What is the world made of?" and "What holds it together?" Mind-boggling...more
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Navigate through the world of atoms, quarks, anti-matter, and neutrinos while exploring two fundamental questions: "What is the world made of?" and "What holds it together?" Mind-boggling and thought-provoking ideas are presented in a clear, well-organized format. Teachers can investigate a variety of helpful resources, including a glossary, downloadable student activity sheets, and links to related educational sites. The content on this award-winning site is approachable, user-friendly, and very non-threatening for beginning physics students.

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Hands on Physics - Concord Consortium

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Hands on Physics is an experience-based physics course developed by the Concord Consortium. Its goal is to provide a set of experiments which present complex challenges using materials...more
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Hands on Physics is an experience-based physics course developed by the Concord Consortium. Its goal is to provide a set of experiments which present complex challenges using materials and equipment which are easily and inexpensively available. Several lesson plans are also available.

tag(s): motion (61)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. This site covers almost everything in basic physics, and would be an excellent site for students to use while reviewing for a quiz or test. Design a worksheet for students to fill out that accompanies the site, or use the site as a learning center or station.

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Fusion and Plasma Physics - Princetom Plasma Lab

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Here's a site from the Princetom Plasma Lab that explains fusion - the basic energy force that drives the universe. Designed for high school students, the site explains the principles...more
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Here's a site from the Princetom Plasma Lab that explains fusion - the basic energy force that drives the universe. Designed for high school students, the site explains the principles of fusion and provides interactive illustrations to show how fusion can create abundant energy sources.

tag(s): nuclear energy (24)

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Building Big - PBS

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5 to 8
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Teach basic concepts of physical science by using the structures students see everyday. This companion site to a PBS television series examines bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and...more
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Teach basic concepts of physical science by using the structures students see everyday. This companion site to a PBS television series examines bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels, and the physical forces that affect them. After learning about each structure and "visiting" some well-known examples throughout the world, students can participate in a series of interactive online experiments that illustrate the impact that materials, loads, and shapes can have on a structure. Check out the Educators' Guide for suggestions on how to incorporate this site into your curriculum.

tag(s): structures (24)

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