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Expanding the Universe

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
When Einstein first heard the theory of the expanding universe, he dismissed it as bad physics. Now scholars learn about the theory and how scientists prove it has merit. Through a hands-on simulation and videos, class members measure...
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Deforestation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scientists observe deforestation from satellite photos and discuss the importance of forests to the global environment. They then simulate a plot of forest when farmers move into the area over the course of seven years. Finally,...
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Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 1

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Is your current lesson plan for salt and freshwater literacy leaving you high and dry? If so, dive into part one of a seven-part series that explores the physical features of Earth's salt and freshwater sources. Junior hydrologists...
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Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
At one point, all mammals carried only two color receptors, but now most humans carry three. An informative presentation and hands-on activity demonstrate how this evolved through genetics. By participating in the activity, pupils...
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Differentiating Cells

For Teachers 7th Standards
Feeling confined by your current cell-teaching strategies? Try an interactive inquiry-based plan! Young cellular biologists explore the different types of cells, plus their structures and functions in a hands-on computer modeling...
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Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse!

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Give your pupils a front row seat at the biggest light show in the sky this year! In addition to admiring the total solar eclipse, young astronomers can explain the phenomenon with a little help from an inquiry-based instructional...
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Population Biology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The carrying capacity of an environment varies based on the organisms that live there. Using a virtual lab simulation, scholars test two protists living in their own environments and a third environment where both protists live. They...
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Recording the Rainforest

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Animals have evolved to communicate in different frequencies so they can hear each other throughout the rainforest. The first instructional activity in a three-part series begins by exploring an interactive story map online about the...
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Entering Italy: The Naples-Foggia Campaign

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The second half of 1943 found Allied soldiers struggling to separate Italy from the Axis Alliance and to solidify the new Italian government under Prime Minister Pietro Badoglio. High schoolers take a deeper look at the intricacies of...
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Putting DNA to Work

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is in every molecule of every known living organism and many viruses. Wouldn't it be great if we could make DNA work to solve crimes and cure diseases? An exciting virtual field trip encourages...
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Shedding a "Little" Light on Cancer Surgery

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Many types of cancer treatments now depend on nanotechnology—a big "little" discovery. Scholars begin by removing "malignant" tissue from simulated brains, one using fluorescent markers thanks to nanotechnology and one without. This...
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Ramp: Forces and Motion

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Use the ramp, if you feel so inclined. Young scientists explore four simulations related to inclined planes. They include an introduction, friction, force graphs, and a robot moving company example. Pupils push objects up and down a...
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Magnet and Compass

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Both magnetic poles on the earth move, but can you make the magnetic poles on a magnet move? The simulation compares the magnetic field of a bar magnet to the magnetic field of the earth. A compass measures the changes as scholars vary...
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Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Pigs and humans have the same metabolism level and similar organs and systems, which is why they are often used in scientific laboratories. This worthy virtual dissection of a fetal pig divides into eight chapters: anatomical references,...
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Forensics: Get a Clue

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Although the methods are all scientific, forensic science was started by police officers rather than scientists, who relied on observation and common sense. Young detectives use many tools to solve crimes around the school in a...
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Projectile Motion

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wanted to shoot someone out of a canon? This simulation gives you that chance! In addition to a human, you can shoot a car, a piano, a cannon ball, and many other items. Scholars set the angle, initial speed, mass, air...
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Ohm's Law

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why did Mr. Ohm marry Mrs. Ohm? He couldn't resistor. An electrifying simulation allows scholars to control both voltage and resistance in order to see the current change. The formula is displayed and as you increase one variable, it...
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My Solar System

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Orbit diagrams appear to be a work of mathematical art. The simulation helps scholars build their own systems of planets, stars, moons, etc., to observe their orbits. By altering their positions, velocities, and masses, a variety of...
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Microwaves

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How does a microwave heat up food when the inside of the microwave doesn't get hot like the inside of an oven does? The simulation directly answers this question. Scholars adjust the amplitude and frequency of a microwave to view the...
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Magnets and Electromagnets

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Some things are naturally magnetic, but can you make something magnetic? An attractive simulation challenges scholars to use a battery and a wire to make a magnet. Additional challenges include increasing the strength of the magnet and...
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Lasers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Laser is actual an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Scholars use the simulator to create their own lasers. They pump a chamber with a photon beam and manage the states of energy in...
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Hooke's Law

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everything from pens to cars use springs — some are just on a larger scale! An interactive simulation encourages pupils to stretch and compress springs while observing the changes to force, displacement, and potential energy. Then they...
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The Moving Man

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a simulation that encourages scholars to move a little man back and forth for the purpose of plotting the motion with three variables. Then they set the instructions and watch to see if the man performs the way they expected.
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Models of the Hydrogen Atom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
An engaging simulation encourages scholars to discover if the Bohr model of an atom is correct. They shoot light at a hydrogen atom in various conditions to see which of the many models is plausible or inadequate.