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Environmental, Earth and Space Science

  • Solar Cell Misconceptions All of your students have seen photovoltaic solar cells used in a variety of ways; however, students may have misconceptions in understanding what influences solar cell output. This activity sets the record straight and explores how ambient temperature and the angle of illumination can affect solar cell output in volts. View »
  • Your Guide to Meteor Showers What is a meteor? Is it a collection of shooting stars, small comets, or something different? Get the details in this brief guide. View »
  • Use Bubbles—Observe Wind Speed and Direction: Ask a Question and Plan an Experiment Children love working with bubbles. With this in mind, Carolina™ Curriculum has developed an activity to help students form an investigable question and then plan an experiment to measure wind speed and direction using bubbles. View »
  • Modeling a Comet in the Classroom Make an active comet model that’s guaranteed to grab your students’ attention. This demonstration models the nucleus of a comet using dry ice and a mixture of common ingredients found in comets. Not only does the model look like a comet, it gives off jets of vapor simulating the tail released by real comets. View »
  • Volcano in the Classroom Here’s a safe, easy, and vivid interpretation of a classic activity that won’t break the budget. All you’ll need are a few common items—a beaker, sand, water, a candle, and a hot plate. View »
  • Hydrogen Power in the Classroom This demonstration allows your students to see the results of energy transfer from light to electricity to chemical, and then back to electrical, using a reversible fuel cell. View »
  • Understanding Unfamiliar Units: What Is a Light Year? Here's an activity that gets your students moving while they practice measuring units. By putting time and distance traveled into units students can directly relate to, the abstract concept of the light year is more easily understood. View »
  • Seeing the Solar System in a New Dimension: Unlock the Mystery of 3-D Imaging Trendy 3-D special effects on movie screens grab and keep your students' attention. Now use their fascination with mutli-dimensions to discuss visual perception, optics, and colors while studying the solar system. View »