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Environmental, Earth and Space Science

  • Solar Cell Misconceptions All of your students have seen photovoltaic solar cells used in a variety of ways; however, students may have misconceptions in understanding what influences solar cell output. This activity sets the record straight and explores how ambient temperature and the angle of illumination can affect solar cell output in volts. View »
  • Use Bubbles—Observe Wind Speed and Direction: Ask a Question and Plan an Experiment Children love working with bubbles. With this in mind, Carolina™ Curriculum has developed an activity to help students form an investigable question and then plan an experiment to measure wind speed and direction using bubbles. View »
  • Urban Stream Syndrome Urban streams often suffer from urban stream syndrome, which is characterized by changes in nutrient levels, hydrology, biodiversity, and other factors. In this activity, students learn how to identify streams that suffer from urban stream syndrome based on visual evidence. View »
  • Calculating Flying Insect Biodiversity Using Simpson's Diversity Index Here's a hands-on activity that can help students understand biodiversity—from field work to interpreting collected data using Simpson's diversity index. View »
  • Wet Scrubber Demonstration Construct a model of a wet scrubber and measure pH changes in the scrubber solution with this workshop resource. Includes materials list, safety information, and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Invasion! Invasion! Engage life science students by investigating a fascinating topic: invasive species. Here’s a lesson plan outline to help you get started. Based on the KWL chart, it guides you through 4 days of invasive species activities that introduce the topic, guide research, and culminate in a research project. View »
  • Air Pollution: Tropospheric Ozone, Particulates, and Indoor Carbon Dioxide "Bad" ozone, dangerous particulates, and significant CO2 buildup—in and around your school! Access a series of field tests students can use to measure your school’s tropospheric ozone levels and the number of deposited particulates in different locations, and to study how carbon dioxide concentrations indoors vary throughout the school day. View »
  • AP® Environmental Science: Scientific and Technical Writing A good method for honing writing skills is to edit another’s work. This activity includes 2 AP® test question responses for students to rewrite. View »
  • Hydrogen Power in the Classroom This demonstration allows your students to see the results of energy transfer from light to electricity to chemical, and then back to electrical, using a reversible fuel cell. View »
  • Use Guided Inquiry to Explore Your Schoolyard on Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day with an engaging activity that gets your students outside and uses the 5E process of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. View »
  • Modeling a Comet in the Classroom Make an active comet model that’s guaranteed to grab your students’ attention. This demonstration models the nucleus of a comet using dry ice and a mixture of common ingredients found in comets. Not only does the model look like a comet, it gives off jets of vapor simulating the tail released by real comets. View »
  • Sand Dune Erosion in a Box Top This activity for elementary and middle school students demonstrates the concept and effects of erosion simply and inexpensively using found materials. View »
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