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Understanding Waveguides

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Optics and refraction are explored in a 3 part lesson consisting of 1) refraction tank, 2) geletin waveguides, and 3) optical fibers.

How Catalysts Work

Subject: Chemistry, Physical science

Audience: High School

A lesson that explores how catalysts work. This lesson is generally used in conjuction witht the Surface-area-to Volume lesson.

SI System and Nanoscale Science

Subject: General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Provides opportunity for students to develop a working knowledge of the SI system of measurement as well as learn about the nanoscale and nanotechnology.

CDs and DVDs as Diffraction Gratings

Subject: Physical science, Physics

Audience: High School

Students will observe the diffraction behavior of light waves from a CD and DVD and examine AFM images of the two disks

Properties of Fluids

Subject: Chemistry, General Science, Physical science, Physics

Audience: Middle School

Lesson explores the properties of fluid flow

Bigger is not always better

Subject: Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

Audience: High School

Exploring size and scale and the size effect in chemical reactions.

Magnetism and Nanotechnology

Subject: Physical science, Physics

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lesson that has students expand what they know about magnetism through study of a liquid magnetic material called a ferrofluid.

Surface Area to Volume Ratio

Subject: Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physical science

Audience: Middle School, High School

Lessons has students determine how the ratio of surface area to volume changes with shape and size.

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