An uplifting activity based on air pressure!
Use this activity kit to demonstrate the effects of friction and air pressure on motion. Create a simple hovercraft and be amazed at how it gracefully glides along a smooth, flat surface on a thin cushion of air. How long a “flight” is possible? ..
Watch savings grow with Interest!
Money deposited in a savings account will earn interest and grow. Model the difference between two interest rates. Over time, does a small difference in interest rates really matter?
Curriculum topics: Financial Literacy, Compound Interest, Savings Account, Re..
Braiding art, history, and mathematics together
This simplified version of an ancient braiding technique ties together art, history, and mathematical patterns in a fun activity suitable for all ages.
Curriculum topics: Braiding, Patterns, Japanese Art
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 10 foam Kumih..
Weave math and culture together with Native American Indian dream catchers
Combine traditional Native American culture and modern mathematical concepts to explore geometric shapes and patterns!
Curriculum topics: Circles, Geometric Shapes, Patterns & Relationships, Native American Culture,..
Combine geometry with Native American Indian culture to create a figure inspired by the Hopi Kachina doll!
Curriculum topics: Patterns & Relationships, Area & Surface Area, Properties of Circles & Cylinders, Geometric Shapes, Native American Culture, Artistic Exploration
Combine symmetry and culture.
Students create symmetrical models that are self-representational. Designing the model facilitates students' cultural exploration. Completed models can be used as the basis of a story and/or play.
Curriculum topics: Symmetry & Patterns, Self –awareness,&n..
Explore magnets and magnetism
Magnetism is a fascinating phenomenon for students. This simple yet effective activity provides a practical method for teaching students how to find and label the magnetic poles on a magnet, identify magnetic materials, understand the difference between geographic an..
Propel a straw “rocket” through the air
Hypothesize, experiment, collect data and analyze forces and motion with a straw “rocket” and an easily made launcher. The stronger the force, the farther and higher the rocket flies!
Curriculum topics: Forces, Motion, Gravity, Newton's Law
Create a car powered by a spring.
With a little creativity, the potential energy stored in a common badge retractor can run a fun little vehicle. Take this idea and run with it!
Curriculum topics: Motion, Momentum, Friction, Simple Machines, Springs
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 20 8" Bamboo sk..
A clever way to demonstrate the transfer between potential energy and kinetic energy
A rolling can returns to its starting point on its own!? The Rollback Can provides an interesting example of energy transfer and storage.
Curriculum topics: Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Energy Conservatio..
Explore the fun of energy conversion
Enjoy the hands-on experience of building and using the Roller Racer, a modern variation of an old favorite. Explore the application of simple machines and energy conversion and investigate how changes in stored energy can affect performance.
Design a work of art!
Design and create an original piece of art incorporates different materials and textures in this fun activity combining math and art.
Curriculum topics: Creativity, Expression, Problem Solving, Patterning, Geometry, Measurement
The string's the thing
Use colored string and simple cardboard shapes to create artistic designs based on intriguing mathematical patterns. Every pattern has infinite possibilities! String art is fun for all ages - to fix a mistake or try a new approach, just unwind the string!
Two activities in one!
Skewer a coil of magnet wire to create a simple spinning motor and create opposing magnetic fields using a coil of magnet wire and a ring magnet.The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy - the energy of motion.
Curriculum topics: Electricity, Magnetism, El..
Catch the (heart) beat
Listening to the heart is a practical way to teach students about how the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. The sounds of the beats provide information on heart valves, heart rate, and they reveal the relationship between circulation and respiration. This si..