A fun activity for elementary-school aged kids. Straw rockets combine the crafty fun of cutting and coloring with learning about rocket propulsion.
The website linked from this resource page has instructions, and a printable rocket template.
Note: In our experimentation, we found that making the attached rocket tube about half the length of the rocket’s body, and attaching it close to the nose gave the best propulsion.
This handout is designed to be printed double-sided, and has two handouts per page. On one side are diagrams and brief descriptions of both lunar and solar eclipses. On the other side are lists of upcoming lunar and solar eclipses through 2020.
The file is available in both MS Word and PDF formats.
This YouTube video explains how telescopes work, and describes various types of telescopes.
This is the sixth video of the Crash Course – Astronomy series, hosted by Dr. Phil Plait. This video describes the basic principles of telescopes and how varieties of telescope designs function. Also included is a basic guide to purchasing telescopes for personal use. From the video description:
Table of Contents:
- How Telescopes Work 1:07
- Refractors vs Reflectors 2:50
- Technology and the Light Spectrum 7:45
Oobleck is an amazing substance. It flows like a liquid when relaxed, but stiffens to solidity when struck, before relaxing once again.
This demonstration adds a twist (or a rumba!) Putting oobleck into a cookie sheet, and suspending it over a subwoofer playing a variety of tones will cause the oobleck to jump and dance.
Recipes, equipment needed, options, and tips for easy cleanup are included.
Many warm-blooded anumals use an insulating layer of fat to keep them warm during winter months. In this activity, a large bowl of ice water stands in for winter, and a glove coated in shortening plays the role of the fat layer.
Complete unit on motion, suitable for Kindergarten and First Grade.
Activities using toy cars or ping pong balls investigating distances traveled for pushes of different strengths, the effects of ramps, and designing surfaces that cause a change in direction.
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This classroom activity is intended to be used by groups of students. The students will construct a “Hero’s Engine” from a can and string, and use it to explore how the movement of falling water spins the can. Information is provided for both the instructor and student.
The chemicals in a glow-stick produce light with no noticeable heat. This activity explores glow-stick behavior over time, and at different temperatures.