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Physical Science

  • Boosting Cell Phone Speakers Inspire your students with a design challenge that encourages them to think outside the box. In this hands-on activity, student teams compete to produce the best sound booster for a smartphone or MP3 player using everyday items. Includes background information and complete instructions for teacher and students. 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 »
  • Force Awakens Magnetism is an example of a non-contact force that occurs when objects are not touching. In this activity, students investigate how magnets create a force field that can attract and repel objects. Includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. View »
  • Electricity and Magnetism Electricity and magnetism are mentioned together so often they must be related. How are they connected? How can their relationship be used to make beneficial technology? Here’s a quick lab activity that can help your students find the answers to these questions. View »
  • Advantages of Digital Communication Transmission Explore the benefits and drawbacks of analog and digital information transmission with this introductory activity. View »
  • What's the Buzz About? Sound in a Vacuum Sound waves require a medium through which they travel. No medium (even air), no sound. Easily demonstrate this concept with a vacuum pump, buzzer, and jar. View »
  • Sound Off Design a sound amplifier using different shapes and materials with this activity. Students should be familiar with the properties of sound waves and understand the definition of “acoustics.” View »
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