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American Indian Resources
All Native American-related resources are listed here. These STEM resources incorporate a multi-cultural perspective. Many were created by Native American teachers participating in an outreach program of the National Teachers Enhancement Network.

All in the Clouds
This is an activity on cloud classification and weather prediction that teaches students to observe natural phenomena in local skies. Students work individually and in groups to record daily outdoor observations, drawing cloud formations and...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Cloud Shapes, Classifying Clouds


Batiking Yellowstone: Using Art to Interpret Science
Yellowstone National Park is a unique and dynamic ever changing system that is fueled by a continental hot spot. Life in the region is dependent on the chemistry and heat generated by the hot spot. Students will interpret this nature beauty through...   View Details »

Key Concepts: art, geothermal,steam


Beetles
This is a multi-part activity on insect morphology that trains students to observe the body structures characteristic of particular groups of insects. Students gather information they need in order to identify beetles they have collected outdoors. ...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Insects, Beetles


Building a Tipi
This is a multi-part activity on aerodynamics that demonstrates the importance of shape and size on an object's wind resistance. Students make their own paper models of two different shapes (a box-shaped house and a cone-shaped tipi) to test and...   View Details »

Key Concepts: physical science, aerodynamics, wind resistance, structural shape, engineering


Canoes and Buoyant Force
This lesson introduces the concept of buoyant force and how the shape and weight of objects can influence their ability to float. Students will use a spring scale to measure the buoyant force exerted on their handmade canoes, thereby conducting...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Forces, Buoyancy


Diverse Uses of Plants
This is a two-part activity lesson that teaches students how plants and plant products are important in many aspects of our daily lives. Students dye cotton materials using plants as dye sources and then weave using the colored yarns. They learn...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Uses of Plants


Drinking Water in Arid Climates
This is an activity on water condensation that illustrates to students how water droplets collect on surfaces under certain circumstances. Students measure condensation formed in their water traps and chart the results over several days. They...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Water Cycle, Condensation


Finding Phases of the Moon
This is a lesson on lunar phases that teaches students about planetary movements and how the relative positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon determine how we see the Moon. Students observe and record daily the changing shape of the Moon for...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Revolution & Rotation, Lunar Phases


Finding the Center of Gravity
This lesson on finding an object's center of gravity teaches students about gravitational force and the influence of object mass. Students observe, test, and record how objects behave in the pull of gravity. Team activity and class discussion...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Forces, Gravity


Forest Fire Smoke
This activity on forest fires and their atmospheric side-effects teaches students the significance of massive fires common in the American West during summer months, as well as atmospheric condensation caused by smoke. Students research and discuss...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Water Condensation, Smoke Dispersal