Students answer a short multichoice survey to identify and address common alternative conceptions about fossil fuels. By the end of this activity, students should be able to identify some common alternative conceptions people hold with regards to fossil fuels and use literacy and research skills to find accurate explanations regarding fossil fuels.
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Students indirectly measure atmospheric pressure using a plastic drink bottle and a ping pong ball. They will then use this measure to calculate the force acting on the outside of a soft drink can.
Students design and build a balloon-powered car to better understand the science ideas related to rocket propulsion. They use ideas of mass and force to work out ways to improve the distance traveled by the car.
Students take on the role of migrating birds. By participating in a physically active simulation, they experience the journey from summer breeding grounds to winter feeding grounds. As the activity progresses different scenarios affect these areas and the ability to successfully migrate.
Students use online calculators to calculate and compare the amount of CO2 produced by different energy sources in an effort to think about and evaluate a reduction of carbon-based emissions.
Students experiment with oil in water. They observe the effects of oil in water and then attempt to clean up the oil using various sorbents. They also observe what happens when a chemical dispersant is added to the oil in the water and try cleaning oil off bird feathers.
Students relate commonly eaten foods to different parts of the flowering plant life cycle. They use a graphic organizer to identify whether a food is a root, stem, leaf, flower, seed, or fruit.
Students learn about the collection and processing of DNA evidence and use DNA profiling to solve a crime. The activity is designed for use on an interactive whiteboard with the whole class, and it can also be used individually or in small groups at a computer or with a data projector and laptop.
In this activity, students think about how to set up an automatic milking system by integrating knowledge of the farm technology with knowledge of cow behavior. Students will use information about a new Automated Milking System (AMS) to design the layour of their own farm. They will use two-dimensional drawings to make three-dimensional models of the layout.