For Testing Structures Built in Earthquake Country
Building in earthquake country can be a tricky business. Architects and engineers run simulations using models and shake tables to test the integrity of buildings and determine necessary reinforcements. In this activity, students use a very simpl..
Explore magnetic attraction and repulsion.
A variety of scientific and gravity "defying" demonstrations can be done by combining pill and ring magnets in unique ways to create a multipurpose demo unit.
Curriculum topics: Magnetism, Symmetry, Conservation of Momentum, Modeling, Problem Solving ..
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..
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!
A renewable energy device
Explore heating and "cooking" with sunlight using an easy to make mini solar collector. Use a pointer to align the cooker with the sun's position - then remove the pointer to let in the light.
Curriculum topics: Solar Heating, Radiant Energy, Apparent Motion of the Su..
Rock the Ravine 2017
The Challenge: design and build a device to help explorers cross an ice field with multiple ravines.
This kit enables students to begin exploring the design process to develop creative solutions to a real-world problem. It contains enough building materials for four to six..
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..
Flip a card to create a new word problem!
This board game gives students practice in solving word problems using mental addition and subtraction.
Curriculum topics: Word Problems, addition and subtraction, mental math
Kit includes: Idea sheet, 1 gameboard, 1 deck word problem playing cards,..
A personable wind vane with its beak to the wind
Create a playful, easy to make wind vane which will point to the source of the wind!
Curriculum topics: Wind, Weather, Fluids, Atmosphere
Kit includes: Idea Sheet, 20 paper cones, 10 jumbo straws, 10 wide straws, 10 metal washers, 10 foam was..
Get wound up with wind power!
Use this enhanced pinwheel to measure the mechanical energy that can be obtained from moving air. Make the pinwheel spin by holding the device while walking or by using the "wind" from a fan. Take data - including measuring how much time is required for the device to..