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Earth as a Peppercorn

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In this Just-in-Time Professional Development video, science educator Rachel Connolly demonstrates an activity that helps you model the relative sizes of the planets in the solar system using a range of everyday objects. This resource is part of the NASA Planetary Sciences Collection.

Brain Safety Design Challenge

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In this video from the Teaching Channel, 6th grade science teacher Channa Comer introduces her students to the engineering design process. Using eggs as model heads, students design and test football helmets to prevent injury to the "brains." Students then apply their neuroscience knowledge to the design process by analyzing the "injuries" and what the real-life medical outcomes would be.

Puff Rocket | STEM Alive

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Explore forces and motion with a straw “rocket” and an easily made launcher. This fun and interactive exercise engages students as they learn the basic principles of forces and motion.

The Heat Loss Project

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In this project-based learning activity, 6th grade science students use digital technologies to measure heat loss in the home. Teacher Lawrence Perretto explains the engineering skills students acquire as well as the larger implications the project has for teaching students about environmental conservation.

Spectroscope - Colors of Light | STEM Alive

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White light is actually a combination of different colors. This easily built spectroscope allows students to separate the incoming light into its component colors, forming a light spectrum (rainbow). Besides creating interesting color patterns it can be used to identify different sources of light.

Girls Explore IT Careers | Inside ITEST

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BuildIT capitalizes on girls’ inherent interest in design and communication technologies, engaging girls in hands-on, collaborative, real-world experiences as they progress through 3 stages – Apprentice, Journeygirl, and Specialist. Here we see girls at the Specialist stage tackling game design challenges, their level of engagement invigorated by accountability to a “client”.

Glove-a-Phone | STEM Alive

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Create a musical instrument in minutes that can be used for a wide range of explorations into the science of sound! Students will discover the connection between vibrations and sounds.

Engineering in the Middle School Classroom: Iteration

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Professional development video for teachers in grades 6 - 8 who want to integrate engineering in their science classes. For more resources from Teaching Engineering in New York, check out the collection page.

The Germinator | STEM Alive

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Create an attractive, reusable, seed germinator that allows students to easily collect data on root and shoot growth. View roots growing, create graphs, do experiments, and enjoy the “magic” of seeing dry seeds change into living plants!

Bridging Culture, Community and Science

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CREST models an interdisciplinary approach to connecting students to their threatened communities, using technology as a tool and place-based education as a vehicle. By engaging in local projects based in the surrounding Gulf of Maine ecosystem, students learn to apply science and technology skills to support their community’s natural, social, and economic resources.

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