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#### Locating a Point

This classroom activity, which centers on documenting the location of a meteorite in Antarctica, introduces students to... see more

#### Passion for Pixels

In this technology activity, learners explore digital imaging and pixels. Learners "transmit" an image to a partner by... see more

#### Public Key Encryption: Kid Krypto

In this activity, learners conduct a simulation exercise related to public key encryption and try to intercept a message... see more

#### Tourist Town

In this activity, learners use a fictitious map of "Tourist Town" and counters to problem solve how to place ice-cream... see more

#### Human Interface Design: The Chocolate... Human Interface Design: The Chocolate Factory

In this activity about human interface design issues, learners help the Oompa-Loompas of a great chocolate factory solve... see more

#### The Poor Cartographer

In this activity, learners help a poor cartographer color in the countries on a map, making sure each country is colored... see more

#### Inkjet Printer

In this activity, learners investigate how inkjet printers produce tiny, precise drops of ink. They examine printed paper... see more

#### Binary Balance

This simulated balance beam illustrates binary mathematics. You have a set of weights and the goal is to match an unknown... see more

#### Sound Representation

In this activity, learners listen to songs and decode hidden messages based on the same principle as a modem. As a final... see more

#### Musical Sculpting Machine: Squeeze... Musical Sculpting Machine: Squeeze Play-Doh to Make Music

Play-Doh is conductive! Use the semiconductive qualities of Play-Doh to make your own squeezable instrument. Pico Cricket... see more

#### LEGO Model of Kepler Planet-finding... LEGO Model of Kepler Planet-finding Method

This model aims to help illustrate the purpose and methodology of NASA's Kepler mission. It includes (1) a hand-cranked... see more

#### Exploring the Ocean with Robots

In this activity, learners are introduced to robotic submarines called gliders. Learners make Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½_glidersÃ¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½... see more

#### Program a Friend

In this activity, one person "programs" the other like a robot to move through a space, trying to get them to avoid... see more

#### Resolution and Color Depth

This computer interactive lets you explore the effect of changing the number of colors and resolution of a picture. You... see more

#### Color Mixing

This is an online activity where learners can virtually mix different colors of light or paint (you can switch between... see more

#### Fruit Xylophone: Fruit Salad... Fruit Xylophone: Fruit Salad Instrument of the Future!

This is a perfect summertime lunch activity! Pico Cricket is required (micro controller). First, get a bunch of cut up... see more

#### Total Internal Reflection

In this activity, learners use a laser pointer, empty soda bottle, rubber plug and water to demonstrate total internal... see more

#### pH Scale

Test the pH of things like coffee, spit, and soap to determine whether each is acidic, basic, or neutral. Visualize the... see more

#### Cells and Walls

Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional models to illustrate the basic... see more

#### Shake it up with Seismographs!

In this activity, learners explore the engineering behind seismographs and how technology has improved accurate recording... see more

#### Tiny Particles, Big Trouble!

In this activity, learners discover why some nanoscale science and technology is done in the controlled environment of a... see more

#### Aerial Imagery

This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into aerial imagery. Learners will use the internet... see more

#### Tracking Otters

This activity (on pages 38-43) has learners simulate the way scientists track and map the movement of otters in the wild... see more

#### Build a Soundscape

This is a virtual representation of a sound mixer containing pre-looped sounds of animal, insect, and environmental... see more