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  1. Teacher Reflection: Wargel, Slow Boats, Fall 2017

    17 Jan 2018 | Teacher Reflections

    The slow boat activity worked well as a culminating activity for force and motion.

  2. Nanoscience and PBL Resources for Teachers

    13 Jul 2015 | Publications | Contributor(s): Duncan Wardrop

    This document includes nanoscience resources separated by big idea. There are also resources based on the applications discussed in the 2015 RGS course and websites where you can purchase materials for nano activities. The PBL resources include examples, tools and articles. All of the resources...

  3. Design of a Green Roof

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans

    This grade 4 lesson addresses standards related to plant adaptation and response to the environment. Students are challenged to construct a model of a green roof for a house.

  4. Designing Safer Roadways

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans

    This grade 4 design task focuses on forces, motion, and transportation systems by challenging students to design a roadway that will slow and then stop vehicles from running off the road.

  5. Water Canal Design Task

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans

    This grade 4 design tasks focuses on erosion and the construction of a canal to bring water to a water park.

  6. PBL to the Rescue: Using PBL in a Human Anatomy and Physiology High School Class

    17 Sep 2013 | Seminars | Contributor(s): Duncan Wardrop

    This one hour video presentation given by Brian Duncan, an Attica, Indiana Jr./Sr. High School science teacher. He presents his experience using PBL to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology High School class to the Research Goes to School workshop in Summer 2013. Be sure to look at the supporting...

  7. Biofuel Candle Comparison Lab

    20 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Duncan Wardrop

    This basic lab was developed to be used in a non-science classroom to help start student thinking about energy densities of different fuels in mathematical terms. The main objective is to get middle and high school math students to quantify observations of candles made from petroleum based fuels...

  8. Light Just Right

    13 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This 4th grade design activity focuses on electrical current and resistance. Students design a way to make a bulb light with differing brightnesses.

  9. Slow Boat

    11 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This 4th grade design task lesson focuses on the concept of drag by asking students to develop ways to slow down a boat.

  10. Design of a Door Alarm

    10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This grade 4 design task helps students learn about simple circuits by designing a door alarm.

  11. Exploring Whirligigs

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This inquiry lesson, for grades 3-4, involves students conducting a fair test investigation to determine the way an object (a whirligig) falls through the air and how this fall depends on its mass, surface area, and other factors. This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson developed by...

  12. The Case of the Pilfered Pin

    29 May 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This is an inquiry activity for grades 3-4. Students must measure temperature, mass, and length in order to solve a mystery.

  13. Design Team Developed: Reasons for Seasons

    30 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans

    The Reasons for Seasons lesson, designed to meet 5th grade standards, addresses an important science concept involving the movements of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis.

  14. Pill Bugs' Habitat Inquiry Activity

    11 Nov 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This is an inquiry activity, aligned to grade 4-6 standards, in which students design fair test investigations to determine the habitat of pill bugs (roly polies).

  15. Teacher Reflection: Lehman, Prosthetic Leg, Fall 2012

    09 Oct 2012 | Teacher Reflections

    This is Jim Lehman's reflection on the prosthetic leg activity in Fall 2012.

  16. Model Ecosystem Video

    04 Oct 2012 | Demonstration Video

    In this video, Professor David Eichinger discusses a model ecosystem activity that is used in Biology for Elementary Teachers and is applicable to the elementary classroom.

  17. Design Team Developed: Solar Panel

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 6th grade and covers 'Solar Panel' in the content area of Earth and Space Science. Extension activities and PowerPoint slides about solar panel are included.

  18. Design Team Developed: Conservation of Mass

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "conservation of mass." PowerPoint slides about 'Gas Mass & Conservation of Mass' is also included.

  19. Design Team Developed: Paper Recycling

    06 Sep 2012 | Lesson Plans

    This lesson plan is designed for 5th grade and covers "volume and mass."

  20. EDCI Sticky Bridges Fall 2011

    28 Mar 2012 | Lesson Plans

    Grade 5 lesson plan, mass and structure