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The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics declared 2005 as the World Year of Physics, which coincides with the... see more

This is a lesson to demonstrate magnetic field lines in 2- and 3-dimensions. In the first activity, learners sprinkle... see more

In this lesson on cosmic rays, students will explain two examples of a cosmic ray detector. Includes information about... see more

This is an interactive activity for middle school on the fundamentals of waves, adapted from the University of Utah's... see more

In this hands-on activity, learners will construct a scuba diver that can float in order to explore how sea creatures... see more

This Technology Problem of the Week (tPoW) challenges students to use proportional reasoning to determine the speed of a... see more

By using the discrepant event of dropping a burning candle in a jar, students will predict, experiment, and discuss why... see more

This is an activity about light and its component colors. Learners will observe a photograph of a rainbow and make... see more

In this cooperative learning activity students participate in a simulation of a parachute jump competition by making... see more

This activity is a classroom lesson on how a slinky relates to sound waves and how sound waves relate to the human ear.

Subtitled "A Data-Code-Compute Resource for Research and Education in Information Visualization," this site provides... see more

In 1998 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the Cascading Style Sheets, level 2 specification as a W3C... see more

This highly acclaimed online book is intended to provide a thorough introduction to the Java programming language.... see more

Peer-to-peer applications such as Napster, Gnutella, and Scour that communicate as peers sharing and receiving... see more

This interactive learning module introduces the systems and processes through which the magnetic field and upper... see more

This activity will help students understand how white light is broken up into its component colors by a diffraction... see more

This model demonstrates convection currents and uses water, food coloring, a cup of very hot water and a votive candle as... see more

In this activity, students compute the strengths of the gravitational forces exerted on the Moon by the Sun and by the... see more

This demonstration shows that similar-appearing lights can be distinctly different, suggesting that the light emitted is... see more

Through a series of simple body movements, learners gain insight into the relationship between time and astronomical... see more

This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners make 3-dimensional models of the Earth and Moon. Using the... see more

This is a collection of outreach resources about the Sun that are meant to be used in informal education settings. This... see more

This is an activity about color. Participants will use scientific practices to investigate answers to questions involving... see more

This is an activity about light and color. The lesson includes a demonstration to show why the sky is blue and why... see more