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Bristlebots
Lesson Plan  Robotics
Grades 2–5
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Bristlebots are fun little robots that you build on the head of a toothbrush, that buzz around a tabletop like little bugs. You can use them to introduce basic concepts about circuits and engineering. They are easy to build and neither you nor your students need any previous experience with building robots.     Read more


Junkbots
Lesson Plan  Robotics
Grades 2–8
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Junkbots are fun, simple robots that you can make from recycled materials. You can use them to teach students about the engineering design process, various physics concepts, recycling, or just as a fun classroom activity. Neither you nor your students need any previous experience with building robots.   Read more


Send That Signal
Lesson Plan  Computer Science
Grade 4
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Here is a challenge for your students: you need to send a number to someone on the other side of the classroom. The twist? You are not allowed to talk, write the number down, or use gestures or sign language! How would you do it? In this project, your students will explore different means of transmitting information by sending a message to a phone that can graph light, sound, and vibrations using Google's Science Journal app. They will learn about different sensors and interpreting graphs, and use the data they gather to collaborate and determine how best to transmit the message.   Read more


Balloon Car
Lesson Plan  Mechanical Engineering
Grades 6-8
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Your students will design, build, and race balloon-powered cars in this fun lesson plan that teaches about engineering design and kinetic and potential energy.   Read more


Block That Noise!
Lesson Plan  Mechanical Engineering
Grades 6-8
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Do your students ever wish they could block out an annoying noise or music they don't like? In this fun lesson plan, they will design sound-insulating containers and measure how well they work using Google's Science Journal app.   Read more


Build an Earthquake-Resistant House
Lesson Plan  Civil Engineering
Grades 6-8
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Explore how technology can save lives in this fun engineering lesson plan! Earthquakes can cause devastation and loss of life when they strike, but earthquake-resistant buildings can stay standing and keep people safe. In this project, your students will build model earthquake-resistant buildings and measure their movement during a simulated earthquake using Google's Science Journal app.   Read more


Get Energized with Cellular Respiration!
Lesson Plan  Human Biology & Health
Grades 6-8
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In this fun lesson plan, students will measure how the amount of carbon dioxide in their exhaled breath changes with exercise levels. Carbon dioxide is a product of cellular respiration, so the lesson highlights how breathing is connected to cellular respiration and energy production in our body. They will make the measurements using a simple colorimetric test and a phone with Google's Science Journal app.   Read more


Line-Following BlueBot
Lesson Plan  Robotics
Grades 6–8
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Build a fun robot that can zoom around a homemade racecourse while automatically following a line (no programming required)! Students will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and gain hands-on engineering skills by building an electronic circuit.   Read more


Ping Pong Catapult
Lesson Plan  Physics
Grades 6-8
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Learn about potential and kinetic energy the fun way—by launching ping pong balls across the classroom with a catapult!     Read more


Two-Stage Balloon Rocket
Lesson Plan  Physics
Grades 6–8
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Learn about real space flight and Newton's laws of motion with this fun project! This new twist on a classic project lets your students build a multi-stage balloon rocket that they can launch across the classroom.   Read more


Reaction Rates: Speed It Up with Temperature!
Lesson Plan  Chemistry
Grades 9-12
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Teach your students how temperature affects chemical reaction rates in this highly visual experiment! Students will investigate color change during the reaction of food color with bleach, and measure the reaction times using Google's Science Journal app.   Read more


Measuring Heart Rate with Your Own Stethoscope
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health
Grades K-4
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What happens to people's heart rates when they exercise? Measure another person's heart rate using a stethoscope you create with a cardboard tube, a funnel, and tape.

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Ow, My Tummy Hurts! The Biology and Chemistry of Gas Relief
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health, Chemistry, Pharmacology / Toxicology
Grades K-4
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Have you ever felt bloated? It could be because too much gas was trapped in your digestive system. How do some drugs relieve trapped gas? Find out using soapy water, jars or drinking glasses, straws, and some crushed tablets of simethicone, one drug that speeds the body's release of trapped gas.

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Classroom Activity  Geology, Materials Science
Grades K-4
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Measuring Wind with Your Own Wind Meter
Classroom Activity  Weather & Atmosphere
Grades K-4
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Wind can be a very powerful force, especially at high speeds. But just how much faster is a strong wind compared to a gentle breeze? Help your students measure wind speed using a wind meter (or anemometer) they create with paper cups, straws, a pencil, and a pin.

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Squishy Circuits
Classroom Activity  Physics, Biology
Grades K-4
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This project offers a fun way to introduce your students to electrical circuits using materials they are already familiar with: Play-Doh® and modeling clay. You can combine these materials with a battery pack and tiny lights, called LEDs, to make a simple circuit, allowing you to "light up" an art project.

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Turn Milk into Plastic!
Classroom Activity  Cooking & Food Science, Materials Science
Grades K-4
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How can plastic be made out of milk? Find out how an acid (in this case, vinegar) along with a measuring cup and teaspoon, a mug, a stirring spoon, and paper towels can turn hot milk into plastic.

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Memory to the Rescue: Investigating How the Immune Response Fights Infection
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health
Grades K-8
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How does our immune system help keep us healthy? How do memory cells make the immune system work even better? Find out by modeling the immune system with magnets, iron filings, and salt.

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Plop, Plop, Fizz Fast: The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Time
Classroom Activity  Chemistry
Grades K-8
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Have you ever seen bubbles form when an Alka-Seltzer tablet is dropped into water? Have you wondered how the water's temperature affects how quickly those bubbles form? Find out using Alka-Seltzer tablets, jars or drinking glasses, ice cubes, and a stopwatch or timer.

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What are the Odds? Modeling the Chances of Getting an Autoimmune Disease
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health, Mathematics
Grades K-8
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Autoimmune diseases are fairly common, affecting more than 23.5 million people in the United States, or about 1 in 13 people. These diseases develop when a person's immune system attacks the person's own body by accident. Model how this can happen using M&M's® candies and a die.

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Lifting with a Lever
Classroom Activity  Physics
Grades K-8
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How can you lift a heavy object without straining your muscles too much? Using the power of a lever is one way. See how levers make lifting easier by using one you create with a ruler, a pencil, and a plastic bag.

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Cartography: Projecting the Globe on a Rectangular Map
Classroom Activity  Environmental Science
Grades K-8
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As useful as flat world maps are, they are not the most accurate representation of Earth. Help your students examine distortions introduced when projecting Earth on a flat map using a balloon, a bottle cap, a permanent marker, scissors, a piece of cardboard, and some push pins.

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Balloon Car
Classroom Activity  Physics
Grades K-8
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Can you design a car that is propelled forward by an inflated balloon? This fun project allows students to explore physics and engineering concepts while designing and building their own balloon-powered car out of basic office and craft supplies. The goal is to see who can build the car that will go the farthest.

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Password Duel
Classroom Activity  Computer Science
Grades K-8
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This activity is a fun way to teach your students about cybersecurity by having them engage in "password duels." Groups of students will come up with different passwords based on different sets of rules (for example, only using numbers), and then try to guess each other's passwords. The activity highlights how students can make passwords stronger and thus harder to guess. Read more

Can Nanotechnology Help Clean Up Oil Spills in Oceans and Seas? Try It Yourself with Ferrofluid
Classroom Activity  Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science
Grades 5-8
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Scientists claim that a novel method combining nanotechnology and magnetism can help clean up oil spills in oceans and seas. Test the proposed technique yourself using ferromagnetic fluid, mineral oil, and a strong magnet. Will you succeed in separating oil from water?

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Discovering the Colors Behind Afterimages
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health
Grades 5-8
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What happens when you stare at one color for a long time? Why do you see a certain afterimage? Discover why afterimages have certain colors by using a computer, a stopwatch or clock, and colored pencils.

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How Does Gravity Affect Root Growth?
Classroom Activity  Plant Biology
Grades 5-8
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How do plants respond to gravity? See how gravity affects plant root growth using plant seeds, plastic ziplock bags, paper towels, and a large cardboard box or dark closet.

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Modeling Blood Flow with Straws
Classroom Activity  Human Biology & Health
Grades 5-8
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What happens to the flow of blood when heart disease narrows a person's arteries? Create a model to illustrate the answer using straws, disposable cups, and colored water.

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Cybersecurity: Denial-of-Service Attack Activity
Classroom Activity  Computer Science
Grades 5-8
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On average, how often do your students access the Internet? They might check their email or social media pages, watch a YouTube video, do research, or play games; but is it safe? Cyber-attacks increasingly make it into the news. Help your students examine "denial-of-service" (DoS) cyber-attacks, find ways to protect the system, and gain insight into what cybersecurity is about.
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Stopping "Superbugs"
Classroom Activity  Microbiology, Mathematics
Grades 5-8
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also called "superbugs," are so common in the United States that more than 2 million people get infected with them each year. One way antibiotic-resistant bacteria can flourish is when a patient cuts short their prescribed course of antibiotics. Model how this can happen using a large set of dice.

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