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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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Everest Education Expedition Climber's Journal
Throughout the three-month journey to Everest and back home again, MSU geologist Dr. David Lageson and Travis Corthouts, a Montana State University geology graduate student, shared their experiences, adventures and research findings with students...   View Details »

Key Concepts: geology,


Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard (full curriculum)
Explore the ecosystems of Montana alongside researchers from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and enhance your students's understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This unit parallels research that is being done in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecology, ecosystems, climate change, climate, biodiversity, wildlife, data


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 1, Explore the Ecosystem
In Lesson 1 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, you'll learn about ecosystems and how an ecosystems's species are interconnected through games and diagrams. Explore how species' survival depends on the health of the...   View Details »

Key Concepts: climate change, environmental science


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 2, Become a Wildlife Ecologist
In Lesson 2 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will explore how scientists gather data on wildlife and the techniques they use in the field. Investigate signs of life and search for evidence of life in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, wildlife, ecology, citizen science, biodiversity


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 3, Biodiversity Basics
In Lesson 3 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will understand how biodiversity is calculated by using a model of a Rocky Mountain forest. Students will research species that live in the ecosystem and play...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife, math, statistics


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 4, Climate Change and Endangered Species
In Lesson 4 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will study various climates around the world by exploring global data and comparing different cities. Identify how your actions contribute to climate change...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife, climate change, endangered species, geography


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 5, Schoolyard biodiversity study
In Lesson 5 of Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard, students will become adventure scientists, by exploring the biodiversity of their schoolyard. Use a field journal to plan and prepare for your adventure, collect data in the field,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: biodiversity, ecology, ecosystems, wildlife, plants, data, research


Field and Classroom Microscope Trunk
The Magiscope Microscopes are sturdy, durable microscopes that work great in the classroom or out in the field. With only 1 moving part, they are easy to use for students of all ages (K-12 and adults). The trunk includes a set of 12 Microscopes. ...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microscope, field microscope


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


How much water can a penny hold?
Try two quick hands-on activities to learn about surface tension and materials that repel and attract water.    View Details »

Key Concepts: water, surface tension, hydrophobic, hydrophilic