Mathematics of Motion: Position Graphs

Whether considering driving a safe speed to school, hitting a high speed baseball, running a race at the track and field competition, or just making it to Physics class from English Literature on time, at some point, students are encountering the mathematical principles behind position and motion. Tying science and math concepts together, an exploration […]

Extending Our Senses

We use our senses to detect aspects of our environment. From the time our students were infants, they knew they could learn much from taste, touch, hearing, sight, and smell. Scientists have developed numerous “detectors” that essentially enable us to extend our senses. Reflect back to the hurricane season just ended. Did we need to […]

DNA Profiling Headed for Upgrade

You may have heard the name “CODIS” mentioned in nearly any American crime drama on television or in the news. Its name stands for Combined DNA Index System, and the system contains about 10 million profiles of convicted offenders, unsolved crime scene evidence, and missing persons. It relies on a set of 13 genetic markers, […]

Carbon Cycling, Disruption & Sequestration

Lead students into the carbon cycle to investigate human-driven disruption and an emerging real-world application for rebalancing the system. Students are generally aware that living organisms rely on carbon for structure and functioning.  In previous grade-level learning, they were also introduced to how carbon cycles through both the biotic and abiotic components of natural systems. […]

What’s the Matter?

Matter is everywhere! How often do most people, including students think about matter, its states, and properties? We tend to take matter for granted, but in reality it can be quite dynamic as it changes over time. These changes occur as a result of outside forces including temperature, weathering agents, and more. We are surrounded […]

Investigating Landform Mysteries

Lead students on a journey from Mars to the Pacific Northwest, where they will uncover geological mysteries and discover how to solve them. Since the first distinct images of Mars were captured and analyzed, scientists had concluded that water once ran on the surface of Mars. Erosion patterns were clear and matched similar patterns on […]


Hurricanes: A Welcome Event?

Hurricanes are among the most destructive forces in nature. Ask yourself this, are tropical cyclones always really an unwelcome event? Engage students by using some of the exciting Web tools and lessons to learn about these dynamic systems to find an answer to our question. This summer has “featured” high temperatures and drought across a […]

The Art of Science

Get back to basics by revisiting how concept maps and creative exploration of the scientific method can bring freshness to teaching science. Students often get pulled into learning methods that are very linear and left-brained. This may be particularly true in science, in which memorization, sequence, and rationale are primary tools for learning. To quote […]

Caring for our Blue Planet

A global celebration for our seas is about to take place! Mark your calendars on June 8th for World Oceans Day. This event is where people throughout the world pay tribute to the bodies of water on our planet that connect us. These waters are indeed our life support system. Water covers a vast majority […]

Tuning Into Waves

We interact with and depend upon waves every day – from sounds and visible light to microwaves and solar radiation. Take students on a full-spectrum tour to learn more about the nature of waves. The Electromagnetic (EM) Spectrum is all around us. The spectrum is made of frequencies at which EM waves can occur. Sound, […]

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