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Laser Cooling

Slow a sample of fast-moving atoms with a laser to capture them in a trap by setting the temperature of the oven and adjusting the strength of the magnets. Once trapped they can be cooled and used in a variety of experiments.

Life Span Development

Explore major developments that take place across the life span. Select specific stages (childhood, adolescence, etc.) to learn about biological, cognitive and psychosocial development at each stage.

Made from Dots

Notice how magazines print photos using dots made up of percentages of only three colors and black. Try your hand at using percentages of cyan, magenta and yellow to match the magazine color displayed.

Melting Rocks

Turning solid rock into liquid magma involves changing its temperature, pressure and water content. Try your hand at melting rock to create magma.

Monarch Butterflies

Observe monarch butterflies and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Name That Atom

View twelve atoms each composed of different numbers of protons, neutrons and electrons. Determine whether the atom is an anion, cation or isotope and identify the element on the Periodic Table.

Periodic Table Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge of atoms, orbitals, periods/groups, characteristics of families, isotopes and relative mass. Take this 39-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

The Periodic Table

Go through the Periodic Table piece by piece and learn how it works. Also, figure out how and why elements interact to make the world you see around you.

Problem: Cystic Fibrosis

Explore the concept of genetic inheritance. Learn how to calculate the probability that cystic fibrosis will be inherited using the Punnett square.

Reaction Time

You'll be challenged to test your reaction time under different conditions and then compare the results. You'll find out how processing in the brain changes reaction time under different conditions: being distracted, being presented with emotionally charged stimuli, or being faced with increasing complex tasks.

Relationship Between Scientific Graphics and Text

In this activity, explore the important connection between graphics and text in science writing by annotating a graphic and text about asteroid impacts and mass extinctions on Earth.

Report Your Sightings

Observe various migratory species (hummingbirds, butterflies, etc.) and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Representing Different Styles of Data

This activity explores how to interpret different styles of representing data, focusing on data related to the thinning ozone layer.

Rock Cycle Assessment: Test Your Skills

Test your knowledge of rocks and the rock cycle. Take this 15-question test, review your correct and incorrect answers, and print out your assessment.

The Rock Cycle

Learn how to distinguish between types of rocks and discover how rocks change over time.

Shadows

Can you judge an object by its shadow? Use your mental rotation skills to determine if a shadow can be produced by a particular shape.

Shrinking a Landfill

Shrink a community landfill by 10 percent with a budget of $50,000. Review each type of waste/garbage (food, glass, paper, etc.) and see how much reduction you can get for your money.

Stellar Spectra

When the light of a star passes through a spectrograph, elements of that star reveal a specific signature. Compare the spectra of four elements and a star to identify which elements you can detect in the star's atmospere.

Storm Chaser

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado warning. Do you have what it takes to be a storm chaser?

Symbolic Monarch Butterfly Migration

Join the celebration by creating paper butterflies that will migrate to their counterparts in Mexico for the winter. Children in Mexico who live beside the monarch's winter sanctuaries send them north in the spring.

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