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  • On the Road with Vehicle Performance

    On the Road with Vehicle Performance Teacher Guide

    Student teams use the 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike in a classroom setting to explore real-world-based STEM activities, which provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain the best vehicle performance. (8 activities)

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Plants in Space

    Plants in Space Mission Page

    Use Wisconsin FastPlants® to investigate plant root growth and compare seedlings in class to ones grown in space.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Calculating Exponential Growth

    Calculating Exponential Growth Lesson

    Students read an essay about the rapid spread of HIV particles in the body, and learn how to calculate exponential growth using pennies to model HIV particles.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Invisible Threats

    Invisible Threats Teacher Guide

    How can we protect ourselves and animals from infectious diseases? Students explore the U.S. polio epidemic, investigate different diseases and vaccinations used to fight them, the concept of herd immunity, EEHV that can kill baby Asian elephants, and the link between climate change and disease. (8 activities)

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Complex Traits

    Complex Traits Slide Set

    Students use the domestic dog as a model to learn about genetics, DNA, genetic testing, phenotypes, alleles, SNPs, and mutations related to desirable and/or harmful effects in certain dog breeds.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Allergies and Allergens

    Allergies and Allergens Teacher Guide

    The Allergy Busters Teacher’s Guide uses an integrated approach including survey techniques and graphing to help students learn about allergies and allergy-causing organisms. (8 activities)

    Grades: 3-5
  • Roller Coasters

    Roller Coasters Lesson

    Students build roller coasters from foam insulation tubing and use marbles as the roller coaster cars.

    Grades: 6-8
  • Static Electricity

    Static Electricity Presentation

    Electrify your science teaching! Static electricity is an electric charge on the surface of an object. Watch the sparks produced by a Van de Graaff generator, find out how lightning is created, and see how static charges attract and repel.

  • Viruses

    Viruses Slide Set

    Viruses have always lived among humans, and they killed many millions of people. As scientists discover the chemical rules by which each virus plays, they can begin to control how a virus affects us.

  • Genetics and Inheritance

    Genetics and Inheritance Lessons

    Patterns of inheritance, Mendelian genetics, variation of traits, pedigrees

  • Microbes

    Microbes Teacher Guide

    Students explore microbes that impact our health (e.g., bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses), and learn that microbes play key roles in the lives of humans, sometimes causing disease. (12 activities)

    Grades: 6-8
  • Mass

    Mass Presentation

    Learn the difference between mass and weight.

  • The Global Carbon Cycle

    The Global Carbon Cycle Presentation

    Join Nancy Moreno, PhD, as she discusses Earth’s atmosphere, climate change, factors that influence the atmosphere, and other topics related to our planet’s carbon cycle. 

  • Legacy of Lost Canyon

    Legacy of Lost Canyon Reading

    Adolescent friends investigate ancient cave ruins, and learn how and why drugs were used to create cave art.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Measuring and Counting with a Light Microscope

    Measuring and Counting with a Light Microscope Slide Set

    Learn how to calibrate a light microscope for measurement, how to estimate field diameter, and how to count the number of objects in a single field.

  • The Cinnamon Challenge

    The Cinnamon Challenge Hot Topic

    The “Cinnamon Challenge” is a social phenomenon, spread largely through social media, which carries serious risks. Remarkably, people who participate in this “challenge” willingly accept entirely avoidable risk, even though there is no apparent benefit. The rise of the “Cinnamon Challenge” demonstrates how social media can quickly spread a cultural trend among teenagers, comedians, NBA players, and even politicians.

  • Bird Flu, Updated

    Bird Flu, Updated Hot Topic

    Bird flu is once again in the news. Cases of human infection with the H7N9 subtype of influenza A have been reported in China. This subtype of the virus already spreads more easily from birds to humans than H5N1 did, and there is concern that it might adapt to be sustainably transmitted from human to human. This, of course, is the recipe for a pandemic.

  • Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis: Before and After

    Japanese Earthquake and Tsunamis: Before and After Hot Topic

    On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan. The earthquake, aftershocks and related tsunamis devastated miles of the Japanese coastline.