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FreeTechBooks - FreeTechBooks

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6 to 12
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Need to expand your technology library for free? Go to Free Tech Books! Find a variety of ebooks with topics such as computer science, math, operating systems, programming, scripting,...more
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Need to expand your technology library for free? Go to Free Tech Books! Find a variety of ebooks with topics such as computer science, math, operating systems, programming, scripting, web design, electrical circuits, and engineering. Join the RSS feed to keep up with the latest new additions. Although this site is plain vanilla in appearance, it is full of "sprinkles" of information!
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tag(s): book lists (108), STEM (88)

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In a middle or high school program dig deeply into math, science, or engineering. Find materials to supplement in-depth studies. Challenge gifted or advanced students. Use this as a way to check the validity of your source, whether it is a textbook or another Internet resource. Challenge students to write their own ebooks on their topic of interest in groups collaboratively or individually. Have students use a tool such as Page Flip-Flap, reviewed here, to publish their book online.
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Make Toys From Everyday Items - David Williamson

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Do not let the extremely simple look of this site keep you from exploring the links provided for making toys based on science concepts. Create items as simple as a ...more
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Do not let the extremely simple look of this site keep you from exploring the links provided for making toys based on science concepts. Create items as simple as a kite or rotor, or as complex as robots, a hovercraft, or motors using directions within each link. All links have clear, precise directions with diagrams. Some links have accompanying videos hosted on YouTube. Be sure to look at the last toy link on the list, "how it's done," for excellent tips for the process of design. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid, reviewed here, to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): area (63), measurement (157), motion (56), STEM (88)

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Bookmark this site for use with STEM projects. Create a link on your class website for students to create toys at home. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Share the link with your librarian or media center specialist to get a "maker" center started at your school. These projects would also be great for an after school club!

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Absorb Content - Crocodile Clips, Ltd.

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9 to 12
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Find great interactives and content about a variety of topics! Click on the different content areas at the top of the page: Electronics, Mathematics, Physics, Advanced Physics, and...more
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Find great interactives and content about a variety of topics! Click on the different content areas at the top of the page: Electronics, Mathematics, Physics, Advanced Physics, and Chemistry. On each content page, click on the "Free Sample Units" link to view a variety of resources for that content area. Scroll down the page for the Free Resources header and click the word "Here" to go to the free interactives. Click on each resource, view the description, and then choose to view online or download each interactive. Find free interactives also by clicking on Resources on the top menu of each content page. With the paid version, get additional curriculum material. Some of the interactives require Flash, though the site itself does not.
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tag(s): chemicals (34), earth (222), electricity (80), equations (145), forces (37), geology (79), geometric shapes (144), motion (56), newton (23)

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Use these interactives when discussing various topics in the content area you choose. Identify the relationship shown in the interactive. For example, under mathematics, choose the interactive for using a Protractor or Balanced Equations. In physics, find many interactives including Earth's Rotation and Factors Affecting Stopping Distance, among many more. In Chemistry, Forming Ionic Bonds and Electrolysis interactives are some of many that are free on this site. These interactives are great for use with an interactive whiteboard or projector for sharing with the class.
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60 Minute Physics: The Course - Henry Reich

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10 to 12
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60 Minute Physics is a free online course inspired by the very popular YouTube Minute Physics videos. Physics topics include light and energy, space and time, quantum physics, and more....more
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60 Minute Physics is a free online course inspired by the very popular YouTube Minute Physics videos. Physics topics include light and energy, space and time, quantum physics, and more. Enrollment in the courses opens up discussion areas, the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and online tracking of progress throughout the course. Easy registration requires your name, email, and a password to begin.

tag(s): energy (185), evolution (103), forces (37), gravity (48), light (45), magnetism (31), matter (49), solar energy (33), space (180), temperature (30), video (212)

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Enroll in 60 Minute Physics to access the many videos and lessons available. These videos are perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a short introduction to lessons or to supplement current materials. Share 60 Minute Physics with students as an excellent resource for enrichment or differentiation.

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Sound Waves - iknowthat.com

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4 to 12
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See sound waves moving through molecules in the air with this interactive. Be sure to notice the red handle at the top. Click the lever to the Illustration side to ...more
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See sound waves moving through molecules in the air with this interactive. Be sure to notice the red handle at the top. Click the lever to the Illustration side to view sound waves moving through the air. Click the word "Clap" to see the sound movements. Moving your cursor around the resulting sound wave will display labels for the areas, items, and a definition. Read information about sound to the right. Move the lever towards Exploring Pitch and Volume. Choose to Strike hard or Strike gently, then click a glass. View the sound waves and the frequency of the sound. Want to print the results? Click the print button at the top.

tag(s): sound (92), waves (22)

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Use these activities to introduce sound before discussing in class as a way to create more connections with the material. Allow time for students to play with Exploring Pitch and Volume and create a simple sentence to describe what they learned. Encourage students to predict what will happen first before striking the glass!
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BookBoon - BookBoon

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BookBoon features over 1000 free ebooks in seven different languages, aimed at the high school and college level. Find an interesting book and type in your email. The books focus ...more
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BookBoon features over 1000 free ebooks in seven different languages, aimed at the high school and college level. Find an interesting book and type in your email. The books focus on business/economics, engineering/natural sciences, and IT with many being authored by professors. Search for a book or subscribe to the newsletter. Note: The books you download may have advertisements.
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tag(s): ebooks (39)

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Find ebooks available for further study on specialized subjects for your research project, or just to further your knowledge. Use with gifted or advanced students to provide further challenge or self study projects.
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Molecular Workbench - Dr. Charles Xie and The Concord Consortium

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The Molecular Workbench is a free downloadable software resource for designing and conducting computational science experiments. Download the software and create your own activities...more
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The Molecular Workbench is a free downloadable software resource for designing and conducting computational science experiments. Download the software and create your own activities or explore and use the many existing materials. The software covers a range of topics from gas laws through quantum phenomena. Explore the Showcase to find already-created simulations including directions for use and exploration. Be sure to allow Java to run on your computer when prompted.

tag(s): atoms (55), chemicals (34), experiments (65), gravity (48), mass (22), matter (49), science fairs (23), scientific method (59)

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The Molecular Workbench is perfect for use on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Share simulations with students and explore options for within each simulation to view changes. Create a link to simulations on your class website and allow students to explore at home. Challenge students to download the software and create their own explorations. Use Molecular Workbench as an excellent option for challenging gifted students or for use when creating science fair experiments.

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The Encyclopedia of Earth - Environmental Information Coalition

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Looking for a quality resource about the Earth, organisms, the natural environment, and their interaction with society? This Encyclopedia is a free, quality collection of articles written...more
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Looking for a quality resource about the Earth, organisms, the natural environment, and their interaction with society? This Encyclopedia is a free, quality collection of articles written by professionals, educators, and experts. The project is a collaboration, and articles are reviewed by other experts. Though written by professionals, the articles are not technical, proving useful to students and educators. It is also helpful to other professionals as well as the general public. View the authors and editors attributed to the articles. Be sure to notice the featured articles found in the center of the page. Find chapters or topics along the left side that cover every aspect of the natural and physical world as well as the many issues of human interaction with the Earth. Besides articles, find more at Encyclopedia of Earth including ebooks, lectures, and speeches.

tag(s): agriculture (49), animals (259), biodiversity (41), disasters (38), earth (222), ecology (138), ecosystems (82), energy (185), environment (309), forests (27), plants (136), pollution (69), water (125), weather (185)

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Use this resource when students are working on projects that pertain to any part of living things, the natural world, and man's role on the Earth. Be sure to bookmark this site on a class computer or your class website. Be sure to review the authors of the articles, following the links to their biographical pages to look at their expertise. Use this as an exercise in identifying whether information on the Internet is reliable and developing researching skills. As a challenge to your high achieving students, consider asking them to write entries that you can submit to this encyclopedia on classroom topics of interest to them. Students will have to analyze their language and writing style with more scrutiny than other assignments. Consider creating an encyclopedia with content created by students modeled after the style of this tool. Use an online tool such as Weebly, reviewed here, to create a class encyclopedia. Note: As with other resources like Encyclopedia of Earth, content on the site is considered Attribution-Share Alike. Students should always cite their sources in accordance with this type of copyright.

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Flight - The Franklin Institute

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Explore the history of flight through three presentations offered by The Franklin Institute. Use the left menu to navigate, and begin with the Airfoil Collection to look at the evolution...more
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Explore the history of flight through three presentations offered by The Franklin Institute. Use the left menu to navigate, and begin with the Airfoil Collection to look at the evolution of airfoil design in aircraft. Next, read about wind tunnels and their contribution to the Wright Brothers investigations into flight. Last, travel back in time to take a look at the Wright Brothers notebooks. Photos of the notebooks document the gathering of scientific data in the study of achieving flight.

tag(s): aircraft (22), flight (34), wright brothers (24)

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Explore this site with your class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use the images of the Wright Brother's notebooks to demonstrate the importance of gathering and recording scientific evidence. Allow students to explore this site on their own. Have students create timelines about aircraft history (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Capzles, reviewed here. Have students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the Wright Brothers.

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edX - Anant Agarwal

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edX offers access to the best courses offered at top learning institutions - for FREE! Institutions include MIT, Harvard, and Berkley. Classes are available to complete for a Certificate...more
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edX offers access to the best courses offered at top learning institutions - for FREE! Institutions include MIT, Harvard, and Berkley. Classes are available to complete for a Certificate of Achievement or as an audit. Choose from courses with topics in many areas including computers, literature, and humanities. Each course listing offers a short description of the course, details about the university offering the course, estimated time involved, course staff, and available options for taking the course. Start any course at any time. Take the edX Demo course to get a good idea of how courses work and find out about the online learning experience.

tag(s): aeronautics (11), architecture (70), china (62), circuits (16), civil rights (101), computers (55), electricity (80), engineering (98), environment (309), evolution (103), folktales (63), greeks (27), magnetism (31), medicine (58), nutrition (149), poetry (219), psychology (51), religions (51), shakespeare (132), solar energy (33), speech (89), statistics (116), terrorism (45)

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Share with students on your interactive whiteboard and take the demo course together. This is perfect for use with gifted and advanced students as an option for college level courses and enrichment. Allow gifted students to enroll in courses that interest them or that provide enrichment beyond classroom content. Share with others, in your building, as a resource for professional development. Explore the topics yourself for some new, engaging topics to round out your own expertise. Allow students to enroll in a course that would fit into their career goals as an exploratory opportunity in that field.

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Get Caught Recycling - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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K to 12
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What is e-waste and what to do with it? Find information about recycling, including e-waste, on this site. Though this site is for the State of Kansas, the information found ...more
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What is e-waste and what to do with it? Find information about recycling, including e-waste, on this site. Though this site is for the State of Kansas, the information found here will be helpful material for anywhere. Find great information on "Why Recycle?" and "How Can I Recycle?" including the often forgotten message about reducing the use of items that need recycling in the first place. Be sure to check the section on e-waste and recycling, and also check out the Earth Day resources found on this site.

tag(s): energy (185), natural resources (57), recycling (55), resources (107)

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Research how to recycle materials including e-waste on this site. Follow with research about recycling in your state. For Earth Day or everyday, use this site to raise awareness about the energy that is used to create items and how energy can be saved by using recycled materials. Encourage students to keep track of what items their family throws away (or make an audit of what is thrown away at school). Students can research statistics about the various items used in the United States and abroad including the most discarded items in landfills. Research why recycling is an important endeavor to combat pollution and energy use. Assign small groups to create a public service announcement for your school or community to learn more about the benefits and encourage recycling. Use one of the many multimedia tools reviewed by TeachersFirst here. Initiate a recycling campaign and create a center for recycling many items from the school including e-waste. Classes can tally the pounds of materials saved for recycling including paper. Have students create informational commercials and share them using a hosting service such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Use the many broadcast and print resources on this site as inspiration.
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The Carbon Cycle Game - Windows2Universe

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7 to 12
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To better understand climate change, follow a carbon atom through organisms, the Earth, and the atmosphere. As you go through the interactive, choose the next step for the carbon atom....more
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To better understand climate change, follow a carbon atom through organisms, the Earth, and the atmosphere. As you go through the interactive, choose the next step for the carbon atom. Read the information about how the carbon atom gets there and its various interactions through nature. Be sure to click on For Teachers to find outcomes, standards, background information, best practices for using the interactive, and extension activities.
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tag(s): carbon (20), carbon dioxide (16), carbon footprint (11), climate (96), climate change (59), fossil fuels (16)

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Follow the terrific directions in the For Teachers section including items students should record as they work through the interactive. Review the assessment and extension activities for outstanding ideas. Encourage students to create a paragraph of the journey of their carbon atom or a concept map outlining the stops and science behind the journey. Find many excellent concept mapping tools here. Research climate change and ways to reduce the amount of carbon at specific steps. Research and present to the class various energy alternatives and ways to reduce carbon released into the atmosphere. Identify the carbon footprint of different countries and identify ways to reduce this footprint. Create a public service announcement to raise awareness of small changes everyone can do.
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Curriculumbits.com - Curriculumbits.com

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Curriculumbits.com offers a free online library with access to multimedia e-learning resources in many subject areas such as biology, chemistry, English, French, German, physics, performing...more
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Curriculumbits.com offers a free online library with access to multimedia e-learning resources in many subject areas such as biology, chemistry, English, French, German, physics, performing arts, and physical education among others. The menu on the left has links to the subjects and the number of activities you will find. Most of them use Flash. Read reviews to help determine which ones would best meet your needs. Sign up for the newsletter, rank your favorites, or even share on social media.

tag(s): acids and bases (11), angles (85), computers (55), critical thinking (76), dance (27), design (83), differentiation (34), earth (222), elements (37), french (86), german (63), human body (104), plants (136), pythagorean theorem (31), resources (107), shakespeare (132), video (212)

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Use Curriculumbits.com to enhance the technology in your lessons and capture kids' attention. Use as a model for creating your own videos. Use this tool as an example for students to create videos. Use as a way to review on the subject matter you are currently studying. Discuss the elements needed for creating successful resources. Have our student create videos for summative assessments. Offer gifted students the challenge of synthesizing new knowledge, while you can support differentiation with already made resources, or creating a resource together in a small group. Begin an e-learning school fair at your school, featuring e-learning ideas that students have created. Create a link on your webpage for students to access at home. Share with parents as enrichment to what is happening in your class.
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National Geographic Education - National Geographic

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National Geographic offers a rich and extensive site for educators through its Education homepage. Scroll through the toolbar near the top of the page to find resources, reference materials,...more
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National Geographic offers a rich and extensive site for educators through its Education homepage. Scroll through the toolbar near the top of the page to find resources, reference materials, maps, media, collections, and much more. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find what is most popular. For specific content searches use the search bar to find and filter results by grades, subjects, resource type, and audience. A download is also available for iBooks (Apple only). This site is frequently updated. Check back often!

tag(s): animals (259), climate change (59), commoncore (76), earth day (110), ecology (138), energy (185), food chains (20), map skills (83), maps (271), migration (56), multimedia (42), oceans (136), STEM (88), weather (185)

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Be sure to bookmark (or favorite) this site for use throughout the year to find real-world resources for classroom use. Don't forget to look for materials on National Geographic for use with Earth Day and Arbor Day activities! Differentiate easily using the multiple levels of materials found within National Geographic. Some text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle, reviewed here, or WordItOut, reviewed here. If you use Apple products in your classroom, be sure to download the interactive iBooks for use in classroom centers or independent reading.
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Once Upon a Roof - Virtual Museum of Canada/ Societe d'histoire du Lac-Saint-Jea

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Learn about the history of house structures in Eastern Canada, with connections to home building in general. See how homes adapt to the settings in the Living in the New ...more
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Learn about the history of house structures in Eastern Canada, with connections to home building in general. See how homes adapt to the settings in the Living in the New World section. See a timeline of homes in Canada (similar to homes history in some portions of the U.S.). Learn about the skilled builder trades on the Youthzone. The architectural Glossary is great for learning the names of all those things that stick out or hold up your house! The Homo Renovus section is all about terms and techniques in home renovation.

tag(s): architecture (70), homes (12), structures (24)

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Include this resource during an elementary social studies unit on homes (Homes in the New World). The Prozone includes Teacher materials for Canadian elementary social studies lessons. Include it during an Art or drafting lesson on home design. If you teach about career explorations, this site would be of interest to budding architects and builders from elementary on up. Have students draw or annotate an image of a home, complete with architectural terms, and explain why it fits the location where it is built. In upper level classes, compare the homes found on this site with newer, green designs. Have physics or science students annotate a home image to show the forces upon it and the underlying structures used to keep the home standing. Share the images in a "home show" on your class wiki!

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Home Shrunken Home - New York Times

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Learn about the small world of micro-apartments in this New York Times article with a photo slideshow showing how micro-apartments are built. See the construction methods, and learn...more
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Learn about the small world of micro-apartments in this New York Times article with a photo slideshow showing how micro-apartments are built. See the construction methods, and learn about the tiny home building trend in response to the high cost of urban living. Read about the people who opt for minimal living quarters, in this case prefabricated modular units. The article is an invitation to learn more about home trends, structures, and the cultural and economic decisions we make about where we live.
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tag(s): architecture (70), environment (309), homes (12), STEM (88), structures (24)

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Share this article in a class on environmental issues, a social studies class on economics and current events, or even a physics class learning about structures and forces. Note that this article is a great example of informational text! Have students make observations about the pros and cons of modular mini-apartments for the resident, the city, and the environment. Have student groups investigate related topics in building materials, environmentally-friendly design, and urban crowding. Hold a class debate: Mini-living: Positive trend or Foolish Fad? This article would be great for gifted students interested in contemporary issues or architecture. Have them design their own mini-apartments, complete with appliances and built in furniture, to meet the challenges of green living, high-cost housing, and urban crowding!

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Careers in Science - Science Buddies

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4 to 12
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View science careers galore! Although this site is rather "plain vanilla," it is filled with sprinkles of knowledge! If you need ideas for science careers in Earth and Physical Science,...more
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View science careers galore! Although this site is rather "plain vanilla," it is filled with sprinkles of knowledge! If you need ideas for science careers in Earth and Physical Science, this is a great resource. Research careers, find out what employees actually do in these careers, learn the requirements to obtain a job. Along with the salary and degree requirements, view the future job outlook in the career. View video interviews of real scientists and profiles of those currently on the job.

tag(s): careers (119), scientists (53)

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Be sure to share this resource when discussing scientific careers. Use this site for researching WHAT particular types of scientist DO (with younger students). Assign individual students (or cooperative learning groups) a specific science career option. Place a link to this resource on your teacher web page for students to peruse on their own.

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The Creators Project - Voice Media

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5 to 12
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Science becomes creative at The Creators Project. As they describe themselves, "The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, arts and technology."...more
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Science becomes creative at The Creators Project. As they describe themselves, "The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, arts and technology." Find fascinating works of art and functional inventions that use unusual materials, clever design, and unique applications of science and engineering. New posts appear regularly, featuring collections, exhibitions, or featured inventions. Watch videos or read text posts with images of such things as a $30,000 dog house, "fossilized" books as sculpture, or a motion-activated keyboard. Browse the latest features with links to related posts. Click tags at the end of a post to find related ideas, or search for a specific word to explore past posts. A few of the ads are annoying, but hitting refresh makes them change.
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tag(s): creativity (99), engineering (98), inventors and inventions (103), STEM (88)

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Turn STEM into STEAM in your science, math, or art class. This project is perfect for convincing students that science is neither boring nor unimaginative! Lure your artistic students into science and your pragmatic scientists into creativity. This project fits well with any Maker Movement activities you may do in your school. Share a feature or two each week in your science class and ask students what science concepts the creator had to use to achieve that design. Ask what problems he/she might have faced in creating it. Ask why it appeals to people (function? visual design?) Challenge student groups to choose a design or invention on this site and analyze the physics behind it. How/why does it work? What simple machines do they see within it? Why did they use those materials? Have them share their findings (or hypotheses) in a multimedia presentation or wiki page, sort of an "invention unwrapped." Teachers of gifted or science club sponsors can find loads of project inspiration at this site. Share it during a career unit for students to investigate creative ways to use science and design in a future career. Have them research the people behind an invention or art piece they particularly enjoy.

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Science of the Summer Olympics - NBC and the National Science Foundation

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The ten videos on this site highlight events and people that captured the public's imagination during past Summer Olympics. Each featured video has several lessons accompanying it....more
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The ten videos on this site highlight events and people that captured the public's imagination during past Summer Olympics. Each featured video has several lessons accompanying it. These lessons emphasize some aspect of engineering science or technology behind the athlete or event. In addition to the lesson plans, a transcript of the video is available. The series of film clips are part of a larger site in which some parts require payment, but this part is free.
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tag(s): olympics (43), sports (83)

In the Classroom

Share these short clips on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Older students can research a different Olympic athlete, looking into how science affected his or her success and do a presentation using the tools mentioned above.
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Falling Dust - Brigham Young, Univ. of MD, NSF, and NASA

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Immerse students in Science using real world media and thinking skills in this fictional world. Students are immersed in a scenario: "Clouds of dust from a meteor shower have entered...more
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Immerse students in Science using real world media and thinking skills in this fictional world. Students are immersed in a scenario: "Clouds of dust from a meteor shower have entered the Earth's atmosphere. Adult's are unconscious and the young people are needed to find the answers." This tool is interactive and features collaborative activities online and in real life. Interact with characters online and use online sites and apps to collaborate with others. Students collect data, analyze information, and upload evidence to solve problems from the story. In each new part of the story, students analyze science clues given through social media as the story unfolds. What sets this interactive apart? There is no fixed ending and it is up to the students to move the story along. The scientific method and critical thinking skills are a major part of the challenge. Clues are given two to three times a week for seven weeks. This interactive is based upon the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

tag(s): problem solving (221), scientific method (59), social networking (110), STEM (88)

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Use this tool with students to flex their brain. Explore the hands on activities to gather data to upload. Data is interspersed with information from the clues to move the story along. Use in classes as individuals or as students working in groups. Share this tool on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Consider using this tool with a gifted class or as a science club activity.

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