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  • Build the Fastest Car in the World...that Goes Roughly 0.1 m/s The inclined plane can be used to explore a variety of fundamental concepts, including static and kinetic friction, dynamic equilibrium, unbalanced forces, and the work-energy theorem. In this experiment, your students design a car using the Visual Scientifics system and a smartphone. View »
  • Finding the Elements Experience the Finding the Elements Demo Chemistry kit in this video. View »
  • Elephant Toothpaste This demonstration showing the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, catalyzed by iodide ions, provides students with visual evidence of a chemical reaction. View »
  • Paper Clip Chemistry, Part 2 When you teach your students about chemical reactions, wouldn’t it be great if you could do it in such a way that you get great student reactions, too? Find out how everyday items such as paper clips and balloons can provide engaging, interactive lessons on chemical reactions and the ideal gas law. View »
  • Squash an Onion and Learn the True Age of Your Cells Did you know that something as simple as squashing an onion could teach you about your own cells? In this quick activity that shows mitosis, your students can see live cells in action. Don’t worry. The onions are preserved, so you won’t have to shed a tear. View »
  • Teaching with Ecosystem Aquariums By creating and maintaining an aquarium ecosystem in the classroom, students can understand the web of relationships that link organisms to one another, and they can develop a growing sensitivity to living things and what they need to survive. View »
  • Beads in a Bottle Density is a characteristic property of matter. In this activity, students apply their understanding of density to explain observations about immiscible liquids and objects suspended in them. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Teaching the Scientific Method with Effervescent Tablets In this activity, students learn the scientific method by practicing it. After a thorough introduction to the topic, students participate in an endothermic reaction experiment illustrating each step in the scientific method. View »
  • Transpiration in Plants Introduce plant transpiration to your students with this activity from Ohaus®. View »
  • Freezing Point Depression Activity: Ice Cream Spring brings showers, sunshine, and the prospect of summer break. Celebrate with this cool, fun activity. It requires just a few inexpensive materials and can be the basis of an engaging lesson on colligative properties. View »
  • Flipping the Safety Discussion and the Lab Work Flipped learning allows you to maximize class time and minimize repetition. Colorado teacher Jennifer Maze highlights the advantages of recording lab safety discussions. She offers sample videos and tips on getting started. View »
  • The TerrAqua Column Students learn the excitement of constructing their own environmental chambers from recycled materials, and they gain ownership and pride in the experiments they design. View »