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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 scientific inquiry. They will work in teams to compare the buoyancy of different-sized canoes, recording results in their journals and discussing possible explanations for different results. Readings about the use of canoes for travel and fishing by...     View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Forces, Buoyancy

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Aerosols and their impact on climate
This activity introduces students to global dimming. They should have an understand- ing of the atmosphere, solar radiation, and global warming (greenhouse gases).   View Details »

Key Concepts: climate, aerosol


Are Viruses Alive?
Dr. Mark Young of Montana State University addresses the difficult question of whether viruses are alive. To do this, we must consider the fundamental question of what "life" itself means.   View Details »

Key Concepts: virus, microbiology


Astrobiology Short Course (full curriculum)
This interactive course is designed to give you an introduction to Astrobiology that you can work through at your own pace and return to at any time. Designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers, this course also contains relevant...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, life, DNA, evolution, solar system


Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe (overview lecture)
How does life begin and evolve? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? Join Montana State University professor John Peters as he examines these questions and explains the search for life in the universe. Peters is director of the NASA...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, astronomy, space, biology, NASA


Astronauts and Aliens: Aliens Party
Yellowstone hot springs and aliens: what's the connection? Come to the alien party at your local library and find out. Come face-to-face with some Sea Monkeys and learn about their travels in space. Make some Shrinky Dinks, hear a fun alien story,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Yellowstone, hot springs, aliens, sea monkeys, astrobiologists


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


Drake Equation
Students estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way by using observations and predictions based on NASA data. Grades 6-12.   View Details »

Key Concepts: estimate, NASA, Drake equation


Everest Education Expedition
In Spring 2012, a team of athletes and scientists from Montana State University embarked upon an historic expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful American ascent of Mount Everest. The Everest Education Expedition...   View Details »

Key Concepts: geology, geography, climate, snow science, culture, physiology, glaciers