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  • Decomposition by Physarum polycephalum Observe the phenomenon of the plasmodial form of Physarum polycephalum as it streams in search of a food source. Essential question: What role do decomposers play in an ecosystem? View »
  • Science of Love: Oxytocin and Other Love Chemicals What is it about that special someone? What keeps people together long after the sparks start flying? We all have questions about love. And science has some of the answers. View »
  • Hydroponic Nutrient Solution After a structured investigation of a hydroponic technology, students design an experiment to test different nutrient solutions. View »
  • The Mechanics of Breathing Learn how Boyle's law and the structure of the respiratory system govern the mechanics of breathing. View »
  • Flipping Molecular Structures The flipped classroom model often starts with replacing whole-class lecture time with traditional homework and using video podcasts to get the notes done in the individual learning space. Few teachers who flip their classes successfully stay in this mode for very long. View »
  • Cheese Making: An Interdisciplinary Science Exploration Many of us can’t imagine a world without cheese. Without warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, or cheeseburgers, life would be pretty sad. But how is the cheese that we love so much made? And how do we get the different kinds of cheese that we find at the grocery store? View »
  • Osmosis Eggsperiment Is your osmosis lesson all it’s cracked up to be? Get it cooking with this fun, hands-on activity. Using a couple of fresh chicken eggs and a few household items, students can discover the hard-boiled facts about osmosis in animal cells—unscrambling an abstract concept by making it tangible. View »
  • Bloody Chlorophyll "Scare" your students for Halloween by exciting the electrons of chlorophyll molecules with "eerie" black light, causing the molecules to release their energy in the form of "bloody" red light in a darkened classroom. You can use this activity to introduce a number of different and interesting science concepts. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well Aligned with NGSS Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well-Aligned with NGSS Teachers have relied on Wisconsin Fast Plants® for over 25 years. A new way of planting them and Fast Plants’ enduring classroom benefits make them ideal for addressing current standards. Dr Hedi Baxter Lauffer, director of the Fast Plants® program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gives you the details. View »
  • Hydroponics Using a nutrient-rich water solution and a unique, time-tested approach, you can successfully grow plants with no soil. In a hydroponic system, water does the work. Find out more about this fascinating method and the advantages that make it both appealing and effective. View »
  • Science of Chocolate Many people enjoy the taste of chocolate, but taste isn't all there is to know about the well-loved flavor. There is also the engaging science of chocolate that you can share with your students. View »
  • Big Ideas in Evolution Made Simple—Cosmos and Yeast Respiration Help your students understand the Big Ideas in evolution through hands-on investigations and the 2014 TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Science teacher Matthew Bostick presents background information, suggests several ideas for hands-on investigations, and offers follow-up questions to tie together some of the Big Ideas. View »
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