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The free Carolina Essentials™ lab activities supplement the line of Carolina Kits 3D® labs.

Each resource references a science and engineering practice, disciplinary core idea, and crosscutting concept. Most activities require a class period or less and use minimal or common lab supplies.

These matrices organize the activities by core idea and performance expectation (PE).


High School Life Science

 From Molecules to Organisms
Structures and Processes

Structure and Function
HS-LS1-1
The Physics of Vision

HS-LS1-2
Reaction Time and Practice

HS-LS1-3
Homeostasis in Animals

Sense of Smell and Olfactory Fatigue
Growth and Development
of Organisms
HS-LS1-4
Introduction to Wisconsin Fast Plants® Phenotypes

Matter and Energy Flow
HS-LS1-5
An Inquiry into Seed Germination

HS-LS1-6
Hydroponic Nutrient Solution

HS-LS1-7
Calorimetry: Measuring the Energy in Foods

HS-LS2-3
Photosynthesis

 Ecosystems:
Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS2-1
Altering Carrying Capacity by Changing Environmental Factors

HS-LS2-2
Invertebrate Biodiversity and Abiotic Factors

Cycles of Matter and Energy Flows in Ecosystems
HS-LS2-4
Owl Pellet Food Webs: A Model of Energy and Mass Transfer

HS-LS2-5
Using Algae Beads as a Model for Photosynthesis

Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-LS2-6
Invertebrate Biodiversity and Abiotic Factors

HS-LS2-7
Human Impacts: How Can Our Impact Be Assessed?

Social Interactions
and Group Behavior
HS-LS2-8
Termite Pheromones

HS-LS2-8
Group Behavior and Survival

 Heredity:
Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS3-1
Ocular Dominance

Variation of Traits
HS-LS3-2
Wisconsin Fast Plants® Monohybrid Crosses Inquiry

HS-LS3-3
Corn as an Introduction to Mendelian Genetics



High School Physical Science: Chemistry

 Chemical and Nuclear Reactions (cont)

Chemical Equilibrium
HS-PS1-6
Equilibrium and Milk of Magnesia Rainbow

Nuclear Reactions
HS-PS1-8
Modeling Alpha and Beta Decay



High School Physical Science: Physics

 Forces and Motion
 

Newton's Laws of Motion
HS-PS2-1
A Model for Constant Velocity

HS-PS2-2
Newton’s Laws, Friction, and Hovercraft

Momentum
HS-PS2-3
Minimizing Forces During a Collision

Forces and Collisions
HS-PS2-3
Minimizing Forces During a Collision

 Types of Interactions
 

Gravitational and Electrostatic Forces
HS-PS2-4
Earth's Gravitational Field

HS-PS3-5
Modeling Interactions Between Electric and Magnetic Fields: Lenz's Law

A Model of Interacting Fields
Electricity and Magnetism
HS-PS3-5
Modeling Interactions Between Electric and Magnetic Fields: Lenz's Law

A Model of Interacting Fields
HS-PS2-5
Engineering an Electromagnetic Train

HS-PS3-3
Energy Transformations in a Dark Detector

HS-PS4-2
Advantages of Digital Communication Transmission

Materials Design
HS-PS2-6
Carbon-Carbon Multiple Bonds: Structure and Function

 Energy
 

Nuclear Energy and Processes
HS-PS1-8
Modeling Alpha and Beta Decay

Energy and Energy Transformations
HS-PS3-1
Developing a Computational Model for Heat Exchange

HS-PS3-2
A Model for Heat Capacity of Metals

Popcorn: Visualizing the Kinetic Molecular Theory

HS-PS3-3
Energy Transformations in a Dark Detector

HS-PS3-4
Heat Transfer Between Components of a System

Energy in Everyday Life
HS-PS2-5
Engineering an Electromagnetic Train

HS-PS3-3
Energy Transformations in a Dark Detector

 Waves and Electromagnetic Radiation

Wave Properties
HS-PS4-1
Bright-Line Spectroscopy and Atomic Structure

HS-PS4-3
Wave-Particle Duality of Light Phenomena

Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS4-3
Wave-Particle Duality of Light Phenomena

Information Technologies and Instrumentation
HS-PS4-2
Advantages of Digital Communication Transmission

HS-PS4-4
EMR and Matter Interactions

HS-PS4-5
Tech Devices, Wave Behavior, and Wave Interactions