Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Alien Eyes

Explore parallax which causes each of your eyes to produce slightly different images. Then imagine yourself an alien and try to predict which images each of your four eyes see.

American Robin

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

Amusement Park Physics

Are you really in danger when you are taking those hairpin turns and death-defying loops on a roller coaster? Discover how amusement park rides use the laws of physics to simulate danger, while keeping the rides safe.

Amusement Park Physics (Non-Flash Version)

Are you really in danger when you are taking those hairpin turns and death-defying loops on a roller coaster? Discover how amusement park rides use the laws of physics to simulate danger, while keeping the rides safe.

Applied Genetic Modification

Explore practical uses of genetic engineering techniques to generate a plant that produces a hepatitis B protein for potential vaccine use. Examine the use of restriction enzymes for cloning and plasmid mapping. View non-Flash version.

Bald Eagles

Track bald eagle migration. Report your sightings and observations to the bald eagle tracking map.

Carbon Lab

Run this model of the carbon cycle to see how carbon circulates through the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans and the earth's crust. Explore ways that human input might change global outcomes in the future.


Play an animation that incorporates most types of energy transfers and conversions into a chain reaction. Then rerun the animation and answer questions to test your understanding of how energy can travel and change.

The Chemistry of Running

Explore the chemistry and physiology of running by choosing an avatar and running a series of timed races. Set a running goal to successfully complete a full marathon. Then perform an energy calculation to see how many kilocalories were burned during the race.

Chemistry Timeline

Learn more about key chemistry-related people and events from prehistoric times to the present. The timeline targets major breakthroughs in the development of chemical science, including the discovery of key elements, as well as the birth and death dates of important contributors chemistry history.

Colliding Cars

Try to predict what will happen in three different bumper car collisions. For each collision, you'll be shown two possible outcomes.

Colored Shadows

Manipulate dual shadows and learn why different types of shadows are cast.

Continents Over Time

You have two minutes to correctly arrange five images showing the positions of the continents during different geologic periods. Can you do it?

Control a Haber-Bosch Ammonia Plant

Learn about the economics of operating a chemical factory as you try to optimize the process of a simulated Haber-Bosch process ammonia fertilizer plant. Try to maximize profitability by using your knowledge of chemistry to fine-tune the reaction: adjusting temperature and pressure in the reaction chamber, switching the type of catalyst, and adjusting the rate that the product (ammonia) and impurities are removed.

Convergent Boundaries - Colliding Plates

What are convergent boundaries? Examine how collisions of oceanic and continental plates can create volcanoes, island arcs and earthquakes.

Demographics Lab

Use real demographic data and a simulator to understand the factors that control human population growth, recognize the demographic transition in human history, and gain a sense of how population demographics has a very human impact in all areas of our planet.

Design a Roller Coaster

Try your hand at designing a roller coaster using physics concepts that are used to create real coasters. When you're done, your coaster will need to pass an inspection for both safety and fun.

Designing Cancer Drugs: Development of Gleevec

Follow the steps in the development of a cancer drug — from initial research on the targeted disease to the drug’s use in humans. Learn how drug design targets a disease by exploiting the structure of a protein that causes that disease. View non-Flash version.

Discovering Neutrino Oscillation

Discover neutrino oscillation and try to match real experiments with this simulator. Do electrons oscillate? What happens to the rate of neutrino detection as you move closer and farther from the source?

Disease Lab

This simulator will let you explore various diseases: Kold, a caricature of the common cold; Impfluenza, which resembles an influenza outbreak; and Red Death, a fast-spreading epidemic with a high mortality rate. What factors influence the spread of these diseases, and what can we do to counter them?

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