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  • Newton's Law of Cooling Confirm Newton's law of cooling by collecting and analyzing data on samples of water undergoing a temperature change. View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips®: Carolina STEM Challenge®: Balloon Rockets Design a balloon rocket to carry a payload of pennies the farthest distance on a string track. Before beginning the challenge, students should be familiar with Newton’s first and second laws of motion. This activity focuses on the third law. View »
  • The Psychic Professor Problem: Introducing the Chi-Square Test Through Inquiry Adapted from a creative statistics lesson taught by master science educator Mark Krotec, this pre-lab investigation introduces the value of statistics, the inherent qualities of uncertainty, and data interpretation. View »
  • Rock Candy: An Edible Study of Crystallization Making rock candy is a safe way to introduce students to solutions and crystal growth—and you can make it a tasty treat at the same time! This activity, which can be done at home using only 2 ingredients, helps students visualize how a supersaturated solution grows the extra-large crystals of sucrose needed to make rock candy. View »
  • Meiosis and Genetics In this lab, students investigate how the events of meiosis relate to Mendelian genetics. View »
  • Making a Scientific Claim: Ocean Acidification Students can use this graphic organizer to write an argument for decreasing atmospheric CO2. View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips®: Hunting for Prey In this activity, students investigate energy transfer among organisms by assembling a food chain energy pyramid and dissecting an owl pellet. Adapted from the Building Blocks of Science® unit Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. View »
  • Plant Biodiversity Field Activity This field activity introduces students to biodiversity through the study of plants and animals in a designated area. But here’s the twist—instead of using a quadrat to designate the area of study, students use a Hula Hoop® instead. View »
  • Three-Point Linkage with Drosophila In this lab students investigate the effects of gene linkage and crossing-over on the inheritance of three traits of Drosophila. They use the data they collect to construct a linkage map of the gene loci. View »
  • Make Your Own Indicators Testing the pH of a solution is a fundamental skill in chemistry. A wide variety of pH indicators can be purchased, but effective pH indicators can also be made at home or in the classroom from items you probably already have in your kitchen or garden. Find out how to extract anthocyanin pigment from plant material for use as a natural pH indicator. View »
  • Introduction to Prokaryotes: Archaea In this lab, students are introduced to Halobacterium, a representative of the Archaea, one of the three domains of life (along with Bacteria and Eukarya). View »
  • Can Crusher Amaze your students by crushing an aluminum beverage can without striking a single blow. During the demonstration, explain how air pressure crushes the can and discuss the use of terms associated with atmospheric pressure. View »