Physics


Blasto the Cannonball (level: 4-8): http://scienceview.berkeley.edu/showcase/pages/blasto.html Learn about variables and the relationship between mass, force and motion with this quick flash animation.

SEPUP's Casr Comparison! (level: elementary to middle) http://scienceview.berkeley.edu/showcase/flash/car.html From Lawrence Hall of Science, one of my favorite places for resources, students design their car for gas mileage, safety and pollution factor, then race it on a test track.

Ball and ramp simulation: http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/ca/Spotlight/Detail?tag=Enigma Practice changing ramp height and even change the force of gravity.

Docking with a Space Station: http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~norimari/science/JavaApp/e-docking/edock.html - fun game that actually teaches students that in space, an object will move in the direction it is pushed until another force makes it change direction or slow.

Virtual Labs and simulations:
Loooooots of physics simulations.


Physics Education Technology: (level - middle to high school) Many, many physics (and a few chemistry) simulations from the University of Colorado, includes a section of submitted Teacher Ideas and Activities. http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/index.php?cat=Chemistry


Funderstanding Roller Coaster:
Design a coaster to achieve maximum thrills – but keep your coaster on the track!

Jason Project's Coaster Creator game: (level: 5-8) - http://www.jason.org/PublicPage/Curriculum/CoasterCreator.aspx In this lab, students use their knowledge of PE and KE to design a working roller coaster. Jason Project use to cost $$, but online access to digital labs, curriculum and community is now free, you just have to register - WOW what a great resource. Jason Project has some of the best labs ever.

Fermilabyrinth: http://ed.fnal.gov/projects/labyrinth/games/ - from the Lederman Science Center, explains several types of subatomic particles, includes a game to learn how linear accelerators work.

The Paper Airplane Flight Simulator: http://www.workman.com/etcetera/games/fliersclub/ Hint: do a regular paper airplane lab first, then do the virtual one, discuss thrust, drag, lift etc. then schedule the Great Paper Airplane Flyoff – have preliminary heats in your classroom, then take those winners to the gym and invite the other grades. With middle and high school, we could get some high school students to run to the show, judge, MC etc. Invite a local disc jockey to MC or maybe your science supervisor.


Glenn Learning Technologies Project: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/aerosim/ Download applets for aerodynamics of baseballs, testing jet engines, rate and force problems, air foil and model of Martian atmosphere.


MINOS far Detector: (level - middle to high school) http://www.teachertube.com/rss.php?type=tf MINOS (or Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search) is a particle physics experiment designed to study the phenomena of neutrino oscillations produced at Fermi Lab and beamed to the large detector 735 km away in northern Minnesota.

PBS interactives: (level - 5-12) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/resources/subj_02_02.html Many flash interactives from PBS on physics, Earth Science and Chemistry

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