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  • Grasshopper Dissection Explore basic insect anatomy with preserved grasshoppers. This dissection requires only dissecting scissors, and you can do it in a class period. View »
  • Introduction to Drosophila: Phenotypes In this lab students compare phenotypes of mutant Drosophila to wild type. The activity is intended as a student’s first experience working with Drosophila. View »
  • Nomenclature and Bonding Basics of Ionic Compounds Here are two simple activities that can help students identify and name compound types. These activities are designed for high schoolers and address several National Science Education Standards. View »
  • On the Cutting Edge: Think Mink! This article explores how Carolina mink make great model organisms for introducing your students to general mammalian anatomy and physiology. View »
  • Sense of Smell and Olfactory Fatigue In this introductory activity, students use fragrant oils to determine the time of olfactory fatigue for both of their nostrils and examine the link between smell and memories. View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips®: Carolina STEM Challenge®: Cartesian Divers A little pressure goes a long way as the rise and fall of Cartesian divers connects Archimedes’ principle, Pascal’s principle, Boyle’s law, and density. Experience the ups and downs of STEM as you learn to build a basic Cartesian diver. View »
  • Natural Selection in 50 Minutes Help your students understand why common misconceptions about natural selection aren't true using some craft store beads, our instructions, and 50 minutes. View »
  • Fractional Distillation of a Carbonated Soft Drink How is crude oil refined into many valuable products? Students can find out with this lab activity. Substituting a soft drink for crude oil, they use fractional distillation to separate the soft drink into its components, or fractions. View »
  • Chemoween and Other Spooky Science Treat your students to some spirited demos and hands-on activities, and celebrate Halloween as the finale to your October science explorations. View »
  • Kool-Aid® Chromatography Students encounter mixtures every day though they may not realize it. Use this chromatography activity to teach an important lab technique and introduce or reinforce key science terms and concepts. View »
  • Osmosis Eggsperiment Is your osmosis lesson all it’s cracked up to be? Get it cooking with this fun, hands-on activity. Using a couple of fresh chicken eggs and a few household items, students can discover the hard-boiled facts about osmosis in animal cells—unscrambling an abstract concept by making it tangible. View »
  • Sticky-Tape Electroscope Most everyone has seen static electricity in action. Your unit on electricity probably includes 1 or 2 demos of it. Do more with your next lesson on static electricity by making it a lesson on the scientific method, using this easy, inexpensive activity. View »