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Physical Science

  • Force Awakens Magnetism is an example of a non-contact force that occurs when objects are not touching. In this activity, students investigate how magnets create a force field that can attract and repel objects. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Carbon Snake In this teacher-directed demonstration of an exothermic reaction, students observe the dehydration of a carbohydrate using concentrated sulfuric acid. View »
  • Thermochemistry: An Endothermic Reaction In this thermochemistry demonstration, students observe an extreme, spontaneous endothermic reaction between 2 solid compounds, measure changes in temperature, and make observations. View »
  • Law of Conservation of Mass Use this inquiry investigation as an introduction to the conservation of mass or as a confirmatory investigation. View »
  • Let's Do S'more Chemistry! Your students can learn, have fun, and eat it, too! This laboratory activity explores the topics of stoichiometry and limiting reactants in a fun, delicious way. If you perform this activity with food products—which we highly recommend because making and eating the S’mores is a great way to cap off the activity—do so only in a dedicated classroom. View »
  • Make Your Own Indicators Testing the pH of a solution is a fundamental skill in chemistry. A wide variety of pH indicators can be purchased, but effective pH indicators can also be made at home or in the classroom from items you probably already have in your kitchen or garden. Find out how to extract anthocyanin pigment from plant material for use as a natural pH indicator. View »
  • Equilibrium and Milk of Magnesia Rainbow This demonstration shows a colorful reaction that is a good introduction to Le Châtelier’s principle, solubility, stoichiometry, neutralization reactions, and reaction rates. View »
  • It's a Chemoween Celebration! Teach fundamental chemistry topics and have fun with these Halloween-themed demos and hands-on activities. Topics include acid-base chemistry, density, indicators, polymers, and more. Most demos and activities can be done with materials you probably already have on hand. View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips: Boats and Buoyancy This activity will help reinforce students' knowledge of engineering and principles of density and buoyancy. View »
  • What Makes You Shine? Your students will love making light-up name badges and sharing something special about themselves with this activity. Perfect as both an icebreaker and introduction to simple circuits, it’s one for the win. View »
  • Newton's Law of Cooling Confirm Newton's law of cooling by collecting and analyzing data on samples of water undergoing a temperature change. View »
  • A Day in the Life with Common Simple Machines Choose from activities that engage beginning students in identifying machines and their types or activities that challenge more advanced students to design machines to accomplish chosen tasks. View »
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