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Baseball Physics Fun Stuff - bostonbaseball.com

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This site shares a sample of physics as it relates to baseball, from a Boston Red Sox fan information collection. Other highlights include the effects of temperature, altitude, and...more
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This site shares a sample of physics as it relates to baseball, from a Boston Red Sox fan information collection. Other highlights include the effects of temperature, altitude, and wind. There is also an interesting discussion of the physics behind corked bats.

tag(s): baseball (36), temperature (31)

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Excite your students about physics using this simple site!

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Science Fair Projects World - Solar System 3D Simulator - Science Fair Projects World

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2 to 12
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Use this free application to create accurate 3D models of the solar system. Show the planets and orbits as well as the sun and the moon. View detailed information of ...more
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Use this free application to create accurate 3D models of the solar system. Show the planets and orbits as well as the sun and the moon. View detailed information of the physical and chemical make-up of the planets, the energy of the sun, and details of solar eclipse. View all images in great color. Change orbit views or tilt and rotate orbits to other angles. Speed up or slow down the movement of the solar system. Application download is for Windows PC only and appears NOT to work with Vista.

tag(s): planets (127), solar system (122)

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Users will need the skills of downloading and finding and managing applications. The software is easy to use and has a wonderful interface for finding great information about the planets. The only safety concern is whether your school's policy allows you to install this free software. If not, try approaching an administrator or department head to show them the descriptions and request installation at least on you teacher computer for sharing on projector and/or whiteboard.

Use this free model to understand the physics of the universe or learn astronomy. Use as a science fair project, to ask questions or find answers, and to create material for presentation online or in class. Share the model on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Scientific American slideshows - Scientific American

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2 to 12
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View slideshow pictures of science topics with captions. Looking for more information? Links on each slideshow page lead to related articles on the topic. Categories of slideshows include:...more
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View slideshow pictures of science topics with captions. Looking for more information? Links on each slideshow page lead to related articles on the topic. Categories of slideshows include: Health, Space, Technology, Environment, Energy, Physics, Math, and History of Science, among others. New slideshows are added frequently. Some of the newer additions (at the time of this review) included "Was Einstein Wrong?: A Quantum Threat to Special Relativity," "Anatomy Lessons Through The Ages," "150 Years Ago: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution," "How Meat Contributes to Global Warming," and many others. You can search by category on the right side of the site.

tag(s): slides (65)

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Use these beautiful images without copyright worries by accessing this site live in class. Make science come alive visually as an activator or anticipatory set to your lessons. With younger students, share simply the pictures! Share the relevant slideshows on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Follow the slideshows with reading of related articles and topics. Challenge students to reflect and discuss as groups or individually in a blog post or conventional writing assignment. Relate material in the slideshow or articles to other material discussed in class or in the current news headlines. Assign one student a week to share a "science in our world" two-minute synopsis of his/her slideshow choice on interactive whiteboard to highlight the use and excitement of real science in the world today, sort of "current events" for science class.

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Rocket Science 101 - NASA

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4 to 10
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At this site you can create your own rockets: Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V, or Pegasus. There are "first timer" instructions provided. Learn about topics such as fairing, avionics, ...more
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At this site you can create your own rockets: Delta II, Delta IV, Atlas V, or Pegasus. There are "first timer" instructions provided. Learn about topics such as fairing, avionics, assembly, configuration, and more. Of course, younger students can use this as a study in basic physics and laws of motion. This site does require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): newton (26), rockets (14), space (217)

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If you are teaching about astronomy, the history of rockets, how rockets work, or other related topics...check out this free site! Share the instruction on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students "create" their own rockets independently or with a partner. Be sure to share the creations!
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GeoGebra - GeoGebraWiki International

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K to 12
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Choose from a wide variety of lesson plans and ideas for elementary, middle school, high school, or college, all created using GeoGebra. View concepts on individual pages that house...more
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Choose from a wide variety of lesson plans and ideas for elementary, middle school, high school, or college, all created using GeoGebra. View concepts on individual pages that house interactive applets (mini-programs) and downloadable, zipped versions. Depending on your computer's security settings, you may need to "tell" your computer to "trust" the source of the activity before it will "Run." Explore Math resources for Art, Music, and Physics. Some of the available activities have demos with audio explanations, as well. Be aware this wiki allows users to add content. You must log-in to add content, but you still may want to preview for accuracy before you share this site with your students. The users appear to all be math teachers, but some activities may be created by students.

tag(s): angles (87), coordinates (31), decimals (132), equations (153), fractions (236), integers (41), percent (83), volume (44)

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Use the applets to demonstrate concepts in Math. Use these as a review or as an introductory lesson for students to identify the rule. Many are well-suited for interactive whiteboards.

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Java applets - Pacific Lutheran University

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5 to 12
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Use these applets (mini-animations) to show Math problems and their solutions clearly and dynamically. Choose applets in "Arithmetic," "Algebra and Trigonometry," "Calculus," "Geometry,"...more
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Use these applets (mini-animations) to show Math problems and their solutions clearly and dynamically. Choose applets in "Arithmetic," "Algebra and Trigonometry," "Calculus," "Geometry," "Algebra," and "Probability and Statistics." View the math relationships easily with these great applets. This site requires Java to run all the applets (mini-programs). You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): equations (153), fractions (236), probability (131), statistics (124)

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Use these applets with groups of students to learn the math rules and use to demonstrate and teach concepts to the rest of the class. Use the applets to demonstrate and identify solutions to problems. List this link on your class website for students to explore both in and out of the classroom for review, recap, or exploration.

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Fear of Physics

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Here's another site offering explanations of some of the more common physics questions - why satellites don't fall, how gravity affects various objects, and the like. Each phenomenon...more
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Here's another site offering explanations of some of the more common physics questions - why satellites don't fall, how gravity affects various objects, and the like. Each phenomenon has a visual example, and the complexity of these varies. Check this one out if you're looking for an idea or illustration for an experiment. The Visual Physics link offers over twenty science topics: Roller Coasters, Why Things Fall, Zero G, Einstein's Relativity, Sound, and many others. There is also a physics dictionary and a link Bad Science. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): gravity (50)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. If you teach physics, be sure to save this site in your favorites and reference the activities when applicable in your class. Have students create their own physics videos (with explanation, of course) and upload them to TeacherTube (explained here).
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Science for Kids - Kidipede

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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for...more
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This site, designed especially for middle school students, highlights the basic foundations of math, geology, chemistry, physics, and biology. Although this site is recommended for middle school students, it is also appropriate for high school students studying the subject areas. It is mainly a "text" site, without interactives. However, this is a great resource for explaining complex topics, researching specific topics in science and math, and much more. Each general area (i.e. geology or biology), includes several sub-topics. There are also links to activities for students, project ideas, and Teacher's Guides. There are two caveats: there are some advertisements -- nothing too distracting -- AND some of the suggested activities include "buying" a book from Amazon. You do NOT need to purchase anything to take advantage of this free resource!

tag(s): atoms (57), diseases (70), earth (231), earthquakes (50), electricity (90), medicine (70), rocks (50), weather (194)

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Use portions of this site as an anticipatory set in your science or math class. The information is simple to understand and would be useful for students struggling with a topic. Use the site for research about specific topics. Have teams of students explore each of the "sub-topics" within the main topic and then create an interactive presentation (Powerpoint, video, or wiki) to share the information with their class. Why not list this link on your class website, so students can access the page both in and out of the classroom.

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Wonder How To - Wonder How To, Inc.

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6 to 12
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This creative site offers "how to" videos on a WIDE variety of topics. Anyone is able to view the videos, but you must be a member (which is free) to ...more
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This creative site offers "how to" videos on a WIDE variety of topics. Anyone is able to view the videos, but you must be a member (which is free) to comment on the videos, grade the videos, or submit your own "how to" video. Topics vary; some are appropriate for the classroom - others are definitely NOT appropriate. Some of the general topics that may be useful in the middle school or high school classroom include: alcohol, autos, motorcycles, and planes, business and money, computers and programming, diet and health, education (which features a variety of science experiments and more), film and theater, language (English, Chinese, Hungarian, Russian, Finnish, sign language, Polish, and countless others), music and instruments, travel, and several other topics. Within each of these general topics, there are thousands of specific "how to" videos.

Membership is free and has many perks. You are able to comment and/or grade the video clips or even submit your own video. Registration does require some personal information: a username, password, email address, and date of birth. ALL USERS MUST BE OVER 13-years of age! Check with your administrator about allowing the students to register for this site using fictitious names. You may wish to set up a class registration instead of entering true data into the registration site. Another option is to create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

Warning: not all videos are suitable for the classroom. Be sure to preview what you wish to share. If you choose to allow your older students to navigate this site on their own (for research or a class project), be sure to set boundaries on which videos to watch, consequences for going elsewhere, and WATCH CAREFULLY! Some videos explain "how to" do things that are unsafe or inappropriate for school-ages audiences. Wonder How To does include unobtrusive advertisements. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): aircraft (24), business (58), money (190), russian (28), sign language (8)

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Use these fabulous "how to" videos for informative writing projects in speech, science, or even with your gifted students. The site does provide excellent research. You may want to link directly to the specific videos you want students to see in order to avoid other, less-desirable options. Share the "how to" videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an anticipatory set for a new lesson. For a final project, have students create and submit their own "how to" video using YouTube or using a tool such as SchoolTube (reviewed here).

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory - US Department of Energy

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9 to 12
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Learn about alternative technologies such as "Advanced Vehicles and Fuels," Basic Sciences," "Biomass," "Buildings," "Energy Analysis," "Geothermal," "Hydrogen and Fuel Cells," "Solar,"...more
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Learn about alternative technologies such as "Advanced Vehicles and Fuels," Basic Sciences," "Biomass," "Buildings," "Energy Analysis," "Geothermal," "Hydrogen and Fuel Cells," "Solar," and "Wind." Use the site for some great background information on alternative technologies as well as links to other information. View publications in Adobe pdf that can be downloaded for additional information. Adobe Acrobat is available at the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): ecology (135), energy (203), environment (321)

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Divide the class into groups to read and decide information that should be presented in class. Use the information to make recommendations to their families, school district, or the community for future energy change. Use these discussions to determine how they can best meet energy needs of the future. In government class, ask student groups to prepare a policy statement on energy for a hypothetical political candidate.
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Building Big - PBS

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6 to 12
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From PBS, this site is associated with the series "Building Big." Unlike many sites that relate to a TV program, however, this site contains a number of excellent "stand-alone" features...more
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From PBS, this site is associated with the series "Building Big." Unlike many sites that relate to a TV program, however, this site contains a number of excellent "stand-alone" features that can be integrated into more general lessons, and do not require students to have seen the series. The site is generally organized around five types of super sized engineering projects: bridges, domes, skyscrapers, tunnels, and dams. There are lesson plans tied to national standards, a neat searchable database of structures, some career-development content related to engineering, and information about the related television series. The highlights of this site are the flash-enabled interactive labs. They are outstanding. Illustrating basic principles of physics and engineering, students can experiment with building materials and see the impact of their choices on virtual buildings. Many activities at this site require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): bridges (8), engineering (127)

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Use the database of structures to search out local engineering masterpieces, or to get information about important buildings that are associated with historical or geographic areas that the class is studying. For students considering a career in engineering, there is good information about the real lives of professionals in the field. The labs are perfect for an interactive whiteboard, and can illustrate physical properties in a visually powerful way. The short simulations could be used by students individually, or by teams of students investigating the principles of "building big."
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Physics of Baseball and Softball - The Sweet Spot - The University of Sydney

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6 to 12
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This website provides a detailed activity that focuses on the "sweet spot." Batters know from experience that this is the special spot found on the bat, where the shock of ...more
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This website provides a detailed activity that focuses on the "sweet spot." Batters know from experience that this is the special spot found on the bat, where the shock of the impact felt by the hands, is reduced so much that the batter is almost unaware of the contact with the ball. Find out more about the "sweet spot" at this Australian site. Several video clips are included. The site requires QuickTime. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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Use this "ready to go" resource to teach your students about the physics behind the "sweet spot."

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Fastball Reaction Time - Exploratorium

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4 to 10
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Use this interactive to test your reaction time and see if you can hit the ball out of the park. The activity will show you your reaction time to each ...more
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Use this interactive to test your reaction time and see if you can hit the ball out of the park. The activity will show you your reaction time to each "pitch." This engaging website requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36)

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Have students work with a partner to explore this web activity.
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Exploratorium - Science of Baseball - Exploratorium

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4 to 10
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The Science of Baseball is the Exploratorium's collection of activities and descriptions involving physics, biomechanics, and baseball. This website takes a topic that students love...more
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The Science of Baseball is the Exploratorium's collection of activities and descriptions involving physics, biomechanics, and baseball. This website takes a topic that students love (baseball) and puts it into scientific terms to enhance the educational experience. What makes a curve ball curve, anyway? How quickly does a batter have to react to hit a ball thrown at 95 miles per hour? There's lots of real-world physics at this site, and the presentation is engaging as well as instructive. Many of the interactive challenges require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), forces (45)

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Treat your students to this content-rich website using your interactive whiteboard or projection screen. Take your class outside to try their hands at some of the experiments. Or have cooperative learning groups explore different sections of this multi-faceted website. What a fantastic way to excite your students about learning science.
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Interactives: British and Metric Conversions - Annenberg Media

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5 to 10
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This website demonstrates how metric and English symbols are used to measure and express volume, mass, length, and temperature. The activities are both informative and interactive....more
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This website demonstrates how metric and English symbols are used to measure and express volume, mass, length, and temperature. The activities are both informative and interactive. Highlights include the interactive conversion balance, the interactive temperature "drag and drop," converting metric lengths, and many others. This website requires FLASH. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): measurement (159), temperature (31)

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Use your interactive whiteboard (or projector) to simplify the complexities of the metric system and metric conversions. Have students work as a class or in small groups to complete the interactive learning activities. Science classes can learn about converting temperatures and measurements for lab procedures, as well. If you plan to be teaching about the metric system, be sure to include a link to this helpful website in your next class newsletter and on your class website.
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Grain Strain - sciencemuseum

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This interactive website challenges students to design a contraption that will catch 50 pieces of grain. There is a chain that drops the grain, and a bucket at the bottom ...more
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This interactive website challenges students to design a contraption that will catch 50 pieces of grain. There is a chain that drops the grain, and a bucket at the bottom of the screen. Students have their choice of 5-6 chains running in various directions. What a fabulous way to integrate science, math, creativity, and problem solving. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page. NOTE: this British science museum is very popular. The site opens slowly at certain times of the school day and evening in Britain.

tag(s): logic (239), machines (30), simple machines (38)

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This is a wonderful website to incorporate into a science unit about levers, gears, and simple machines. Or use this website as a mind stretcher for the entire class.

Share this creative website on an interactive whiteboard (or projector). Be sure to turn up the volume, students will enjoy the background music and sounds provided at this website.(You may end up turning it OFF after a while, too!). Or have students work in pairs on laptops to solve a level and analyze their success, including drawing and labeling the parts of their machine.
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Universal Leonardo - University of the Arts, London

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6 to 12
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of...more
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of history's greatest geniuses. This site looks at Leonardo's work in ways that highlight how comprehensive and interdisciplinary his impact has been. Of course, you can examine his individual works of art, but this site is organized along threads, which you can access through a traditional menu or through an interactive web. Follow Leonardo's influence in math, through his inventions, in his understanding of the human body or his examination of the natural world. There are also some just-plain-fun flash-enabled games to play: make the Mona Lisa smile broadly by correctly answering questions about her, practice mirror writing, or see if you can power his glider across a ravine.

tag(s): renaissance (35)

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Because Leonardo's work crosses so many curricular boundaries, teachers from many different disciplines might find this site useful as part of a lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard, particularly when painting "the big picture" for students (no pun intended!). Art teachers, of course, can access Leonardo's work, but science teachers can use the interactive games to illustrate principles of physics or early understanding of the human body. History or literature teachers might use the site to personify the term "Renaissance Man" for students studying the time period. Whatever your discipline, be sure to make the link available from your teacher web page for curious students to explore outside of class.
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Planet Science - NESTA

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K to 12
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for...more
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This MUST SEE interactive science website features eight specific areas. The "News" section includes weekly news updates and features. "Wired" has challenging interactive games for grades 4-12. "Sci-Teach" provides countless resources for teachers of all grades. "Out There" takes you to the "back garden of science delights," including inventors, sound, vampires, and the flu. "Parents" has useful ideas - even science experiments for children's parties. "Under 11s" is geared for younger students, an excellent collection!. The activities teach traditional science topics using new multimedia. The "Next Steps" link challenges students to think about their future careers (both science and non-science). There are printable pages and interactive activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. The "Library" link features countless online science resources.

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tag(s): inventors and inventions (95), planets (127), sports (98), water (130)

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Nearly all of the activities are ideal for interactive whiteboards (or projectors). This site is so rich it may be overwhelming. If you are an elementary teacher, start at the "Under 11s" link. Otherwise, visit the "Sci-Teach" link first for some excellent ideas, resources, and science fun. Preview this site before starting any science unit to find related activites and extensions.
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Sci-Quest Hands On Science Center - The North Alabama Science Center

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4 to 10
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This "adventurous" website has two distinct sections. The first section challenges students to build their own roller coasters. Students choose various track sections, the starting...more
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This "adventurous" website has two distinct sections. The first section challenges students to build their own roller coasters. Students choose various track sections, the starting speed, and the amount of friction. They then test their roller coasters. To move the track sections, you simply click and drag the track section to place it on the roller coaster. "Roller Coaster Science," the meat of the site, highlights four main science questions: What is potential energy, and how is it used by a roller coaster? What is kinetic energy, and how is it used by a roller coaster? What is friction and how does it affect a roller coaster? What is the difference between a steel roller coaster and a wooden roller coaster? Some of the activities require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): energy (203), friction (13), roller coasters (3)

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What an excellent tool to excite students excited about physics! Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to have your class create a whole-class roller coaster. Then, use the "Roller Coaster Science" page to learn about the 4 core scientific concepts. Once students seem comfortable and understand the physics behind these wild rides, allow them to work independently (or in small groups) to create more roller coasters. Why not have them blog and comment to each other about various design choices?
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Ultimate rollercoasters.com - ultimaterollercoaster.com

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Although this website doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles." It is very useful to learn more about the physics behind thrill rides, the history of the roller coaster, ...more
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Although this website doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles." It is very useful to learn more about the physics behind thrill rides, the history of the roller coaster, and more. The site provides statistical information, historical information, construction information, and more about various thrill rides (mainly roller coasters). Did you ever wonder what the tallest steel roller coaster was in the world? This website provides a "record book" with a wide variety of statistical information about what roller coasters can claim to be the tallest, longest, fastest, and more.

tag(s): roller coasters (3)

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This website could also be used for various research projects (either researching actual roller coasters - their history, structure, speed, etc..), or even researching different time periods and the types of rides that were available during that time. If you study laws of motion, assign students to find "real world" examples of the laws in action using research on this site. Ignore the annoying pop-ups!

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