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A Ball In Motion

• Energy
• 9–12
Level: 4
Students will investigate the relationship between quadratic functions and the parabolic path traveled by a ball in motion. Students will analyze data to understand the mathematical relationships that exist along the path of a ball in flight.
• Math
• Science
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Build a Bungee

• Energy
• 9–12
Level: 4
Students will simulate a safe bungee jump using rubber bands and a small doll or action figure. Through experimentation, students will generate a linear equation to represent the relationship between the number of rubber bands and the distance the doll
• Science
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Electro-Lights

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students build simple circuits to investigate the conductivity of solutions.
• Science
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Get Cooking

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will build a simple solar cooker, make observations and qualitatively describe the melting rate of a piece of chocolate in the cooker.
• Technology
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Gliding On Air

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will gain an understanding of how a simple hovercraft uses the forces of motion to move.
• Science
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How's the Weather?

• Energy
• 6–8
Level: 4
In this activity, students will make their own weather station.
• Science
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Ice Wars

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will create their own insulating "ice chambers" and then test them against the models made by their classmates.
• Science
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It's Magnetic

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will create a simple electromagnet using a nail, a battery, and copper wire.
• Science
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Let's Get Carried Away!

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students use a stream table to model the processes of erosion and streambed formation.
• Science
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Light the Bulb

• Energy
• 9–12
Level: 4
In this investigation, students will design three different circuit arrangements with a switch capable of lighting a small light bulb. They will use the results of this investigation to determine the best configuration for wiring holiday lights.
• Science
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Oobleck!

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will examine the behavior of different types of solids when they are dissolved in water and explain those behaviors by examining the properties of the solids.
• Science
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Polar Opposites

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will create a simple model of Earth as a magnet.
• Science
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Stay on Target

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 4
In this activity, students will use a ramp to launch a ball and strike a target.
• Science
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Weathering Cubes

• Energy
• K–5
• 6–8
Level: 4
In this activity, students will model the weathering of rocks by shaking sugar cubes in a container.
• Science
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Activate Wind Power

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 3
In this activity, students will create their own windmills and test them in a wind created by a fan.
• Technology
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Anchor's Away!

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 3
Students will examine two different techniques for mapping different aspects of the ocean, and will model those techniques on a small scale in the classroom.
• Science
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As Far As I Can Sea

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 3
In this activity, students will learn the different techniques used to map the ocean, and will practice using those techniques themselves in the classroom.
• Science
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Can You Hear Me Now?

• Energy
• K–5
Level: 3
In this activity students will experiment with how far sound travels naturally, as compared to how far it travels with satellite amplification.
• Science
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