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Physical Science

  • Reaction in a Bag After developing an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, students analyze and interpret data on the properties before and after substances interact, to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred. View »
  • Force Awakens Magnetism is an example of a non-contact force that occurs when objects are not touching. In this activity, students investigate how magnets create a force field that can attract and repel objects. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Petri Dish Electrolysis Activity Introduce your students to reduction-oxidation reactions and some of the basic terms of electrochemistry (such as electrode potential, anode, and cathode) with this activity—creating electrolysis in a petri dish. View »
  • A New Approach to Teaching Atomic Theory For chemistry teacher Siobhan Julian, teaching the history of atomic theory by lecture “was dry and tedious and boring for everyone involved.” Then she took a fresh approach—one that focuses on doing science to learn science history. View »
  • Mirror Mirror Do you want to stimulate some critical thinking in your classroom? Tell your class that we do not see living or inanimate things; we only see the light reflected from those things. View »
  • Dry Ice Explosion Demonstrate the physical states of carbon dioxide with the help of this video. View »
  • What's the Big Idea? Understanding the Laboratory Experience in the AP* Chemistry Curriculum If you teach AP* Chemistry, you’re already aware, or need to be, that changes to the course curriculum are here, which means you’ll probably have to change your classroom instruction. To help relieve your anxiety, here’s an overview of the course revisions, some important dates to remember, and 2 ways Carolina can help to ensure your success during this transition. View »
  • Activities with UV Beads Ultraviolet-sensitive beads change color when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. They are inexpensive, yet give students a way to detect the presence of UV light, which is normally invisible to humans. Here are 2 inquiry-based activities that enable students to investigate UV light using these remarkable beads. View »
  • Making Audio Speakers from Household Materials Your students enjoy listening to their favorite play lists on MP3 players and cell phones. With this engaging inquiry activity, now they can understand how their headphones or speakers create the sounds they love. They will make speakers from ordinary household materials and, in the process, discover the science of how speakers create sound. View »
  • Simplifying Circuits In this activity, students build and test various circuits while investigating how electric circuits work. View »
  • Forces at Work in a Lava Lamp In this lab activity, gather evidence of molecular interactions and reactions from a mixture of oil and water like that in a lava lamp. Get the details. View »
  • Penny Skins Find out exactly what a penny's made of with this quick and easy activity that can be used for elementary, middle or high school students. View »
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