Shake things up with the power of the Sun
Create and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements, explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".
Curriculum topics: Solar Energy, Energy, Conversions, Vibration, Electrical Circuits
Wear and remember the electromagnetic spectrum
Students can easily construct this bracelet to help them remember the electromagnetic spectrum (radio, microwave, infared, ROYGBIV, uv, x-rays, gamma rays), with visible and invisible components.
Curriculum topics: Light, Waves, Electromagnetic Sp..
An easily made and powered version of the first electric motor!
This unique adaptation of the first static motor lets students create spinning motion using only hand generated static electric charges. The design can be easily modified for experimentation.
Curriculum topics: static electricity,..
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..
Build student interest with this simple DNA activity!
Use ordinary dish soap, salt, and isopropyl alcohol to extract DNA from strawberries. Just follow the illustrated guide. No special skills or equipment required.
Curriculum topics: Biology, Life Science, Cell Structure, Genetics, Scientific..
Watch plant growth in a CD case
Create a reusable germinator that gives students an unobstructed view of sprouting seeds. Graph data, test environmental variables, or simply “enjoy the magic” as the seeds transform into growing plants!
Curriculum topics: Biodiversity, Botany, Measurement, Plan..