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100 Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers
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This article includes the URL and description of 100 free web tools that can be used by all teachers. The tools are categorized into search engines, math and science, games, templates and lesson plans, and more.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
John Costilla
Date Added:
10/17/2014
The 1882 Transit of Venus: Observations from Wellington, South Africa
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The transit of Venus is a rare astronomical event that has been well documented throughout history. The most recent transit occurred in June of 2004, and the one before that took place more than 100 years earlier in 1882. This site from the South African Astronomical Observatory provides information and first-hand observations of the 1882 event from Wellington, South Africa. Just prior to the event, an observatory was erected at the Huguenot Seminary for girls, and some of the historical observations made from that site in 1882 are provided here for your perusal.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Koorts, W.P.
Date Added:
01/31/2008
1964 Alaska Earthquake
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This video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, explores what happened during the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 through original footage, first-person accounts, and animations illustrating plate tectonics.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
1994 Solar Eclipse
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This movie shows a total eclipse of the Sun which occurred in 1994. It is accompanied by a link to a written description of the Sun's physical characteristics.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Fred Espenak
Date Added:
11/05/2014
1.MD Weather Graph Data
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This is a task from the Illustrative Mathematics website that is one part of a complete illustration of the standard to which it is aligned. Each task has at least one solution and some commentary that addresses important asects of the task and its potential use. Here are the first few lines of the commentary for this task: Materials * Completed monthly weather recording sheet * Crayons * Sentence strips with frames (see below) * Student worksheet Actions Every day for a m...

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Illustrative Mathematics
Provider Set:
Illustrative Mathematics
Author:
Illustrative Mathematics
Date Added:
11/05/2013
21st Century Skills Map: Math
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This 34-page document (pdf) identifies student learning outcomes for each of eleven 21st Century Skills and provides examples of tasks for grade 4, 8, and 12. It strives to fuse mathematical content and mathematical practices with the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) and integrate them with interdisciplinary themes. Each skill is aligned with CCSS mathematical practices. This map was designed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and dozens of math educators across the country.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Susan Saltrick, et al.
Date Added:
04/05/2012
29 and Leap Years - Numberphile
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In this 7-minute video astronomer Dr Meghan Gray explains the relationship of the Earth's rotation and its revolution around the Sun, resulting in the need to add an extra day to our calendar every four years. She describes additional adjustments required to keep our calendar aligned with the Earth's movements. Dr Gray explains the Julian date and its usefulness.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Provider:
Maryland Public Television
Provider Set:
Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
Author:
Brady Haran
Dr Meghan Gray
Date Added:
02/29/2012
The ABC's of Distances
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This tutorial explains some of the techniques developed by astronomers to determine the distances of objects we see in the sky. Links to additional information are embedded in the text.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Ned Wright
Date Added:
11/05/2014
AC / DC: What's the Difference?
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This animated essay from the American Experience Web site explains the difference between alternating and direct electric current and offers in-depth explanations about the role played by a battery, light bulb, wire, and generator. Grades 6-12.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/22/2004
ACE Browse Data
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This site presents graphic plots of solar wind and magnetic field data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
California Institute of Technology, Space Radiation Laboratory, ACE Science Center
Date Added:
11/05/2014
AQUASTAT
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AQUASTAT - a global information system of water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO - provides comprehensive information about agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition. The site includes a database of country data, country profiles, maps and GIS, water resources, online publications, and links to related sites and resources.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/17/2007
ATE Internships and Co-ops
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In this video adapted from ATETV, learn how Bristol Community College promotes internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in technology-related careers.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
07/06/2010
About COSEE
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The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ocean plays in global environmental cycles and processes. COSEE activities highlight the contributions ocean-science researchers make to scientific knowledge in these important areas. Each COSEE represents one or more ocean science research institution, an informal science education organization, and at least one affiliate organization representing the formal education community.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
Date Added:
10/31/2014
About the Seasons
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Children learn how seasonal weather changes affect everything, from the behavior of animals to the way we dress and play.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
KET
Date Added:
03/15/2012
Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea
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This video segment adapted from First Light explains why the highest peak in the Pacific, Mauna Kea, is an ideal site for astronomical observations. Featured are new telescope technologies that allow astronomers to explore the universe in more depth.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Access eLearning
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This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students. The modules center around topics such as making video, flash, word , PDF and many other documents accessible for students with disabilities.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/07/2008
Accessing and Downloading Images from NASA's WISE Mission
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This website provides instructions on how to find and download images directly from the WISE archive. Anyone with an internet connection now has free access to high-resolution infrared images from the WISE mission. These instructions explain how to get the images you want, without using complex terminology and options that may be difficult for the layperson to navigate.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Author:
Bryan Mendez
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Accidental Discoveries
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This lesson will help the students understand that science theories change in the face of new evidence, but those changes can be slow in coming.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
NASA
PA Space Grant
WPSU
Date Added:
11/30/2007
Acid Mine Drainage Remediation
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In this video, an environmental technologist visits an abandoned coal mine in Kentucky to talk about how a remediation system (a series of settling ponds and treatment cells) is neutralizing the acid drainage flowing from the mine and keeping it from damaging a creek downstream.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
KET
Date Added:
12/10/2010
Acidic Seas
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For years, our oceans have been hard at work absorbing the carbon dioxide that humans create through burning fossil fuels. Find out what effect that extra CO2 is having on our seas.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
KQED
KQED Public Television
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/02/2012
Acids & Bases: An Introduction
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This module provides an intrioduction to acid and base chemistry. The Arrhenius and Bronsted-Lowry concepts of acids and bases are discussed as well as the pH scale and neutralization reactions.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Unit of Study
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Visionlearning
Author:
Anthony Carpi
Date Added:
03/18/2003
Acids and Bases: Cabbage Juice Indicator
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In this video segment, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how to use cabbage juice to find out if a solution is an acid or a base.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket
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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate what happens when vinegar is added to baking soda inside a container. The resulting chemical reaction produces enough carbon dioxide to launch their paper rocket skyward.
Recommended for: Grades K-5

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Testing Rocket Cars
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A car propelled by the reaction between lemon juice and baking soda has more in common with rockets and jet aircraft than one might think. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate the power of rocket-propelled vehicles and how to exploit the force produced by the carbon dioxide gas. Grades 3-8.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Testing Rockets
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It would seem that bottles of lemon juice and rockets have only their basic shape in common. However, as two cast members from ZOOM demonstrate in this adapted video segment, when baking soda is added to the mix, a plastic bottle can act very much like a real rocket. Grades 3-8.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acoustic Monitoring
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The Acoustic Monitoring Project at NOAA is observing the ocean through underwater acoustics. At this site, visitors can learn about NOAA's studies in Bioacoustics, Ocean Seismicity, and Environmental Noise. The site also offers many animations dealing with Axial eruption, Atlantic Seismicity, and much more.

Subject:
Technology
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
08/23/2013
Active Galaxies
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This resource covers Seyfert galaxies, radio galaxies, BL Lacertae (BL Lac) objects, quasars, supermassive black holes, determining masses in galactic centers using the virial theorem, and a model for active galactic nuclei.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
06/07/2007
Active Galaxies
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This guide accompanies an educational wallsheet that uses active galaxies as an engagement to teach selected topics in physical science and mathematics from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Web site. Active galaxies have super-massive black holes in their cores, some of which emit jets of particles and light. It features three curriculum enhancement activities, background information, assessment information, student worksheets, extension and transfer activities, and detailed information about the physical science and mathematics content standards that are supported.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Active Galaxies Pop-up book
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This large pop-up book with foldouts contains a 3D model of an active galaxy with jets that pops up out of the center. Active galaxies, a major scientific target for the GLAST mission (renamed Fermi in 2008),contain super-massive black holes at their cores, and sometimes emit jets of particles and light. One foldout contains explanatory information for the parts of the galaxy depicted in the central pop-up, as well as a glossary, while the other contains a classroom activity, the "Tasty Active Galaxy." The back of the book features a cartoon story: "How the Galaxy Got Its Jets."

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2006
Activity Based Physics: Thinking Problems in Oscillations and Waves
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This collection of student activities contains problems dealing with waves and oscillations. Specific topics include masses on springs, pendulums, sound, and waves on a string. The activities include pictures and diagrams for clarification, but solutions to the problems are not included.

Subject:
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Redish, Edward F.
Date Added:
08/06/2008
Adaptation
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Students examine some of the behaviors and physical characteristics that enable organisms to live successfully in their environment.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Adapting Legacy Phone Systems to VoIP
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Created and presented by Vincente D'Ingianni, Director of Professional Services at Binary Systems, Inc., this PowerPoint demonstration covers how to adapt a Legacy phone system to Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP). In the demonstration, D'Ingianni covers VoIP gateways, Bandwidth, Softswitches, and carriers.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
D˘ď‹ď_Ingianni, Vincente
Date Added:
10/27/2008
Adaptive Radiation: Darwin's Finches
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Finches on the Galapagos Islands have evolved to exploit almost every possible niche. This diagram shows the range of food sources available on the island and the different beak shapes adapted to exploit each of them.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Adopting Sustainable Food Practices
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Hear about how respect for Earth can help us attain a more sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate change in this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
03/19/2012
Adult Neurogenesis
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BioEd Online is an ’˘Î—Γeducational resource for educators, students, and parents’˘Î—Ν from the Baylor College of Medicine. This is an excellent place to find educational materials and current information in the field of biology. The ’˘Î—ΓHot Topics’˘Î—Ν section of this site focus on current events and issues in biology that are ’˘Î—Γreceiving national attention.’˘Î—Ν This site, created by Tadzia GrandPr’ŰΊ, PhD, contains a brief discussion of Adult Neurogenesis or the ability for new neurons to develop in the brain. The article includes background information on the field of neuroscience, as well as information about how neurons work. The site includes links to references and further reading. In addition, a related slide set, "Adult Neurogenesis," is available for viewing along with links to several related news articles. Both the slide set and the news articles could be easily used in the classroom along with the other resources provided in this ’˘Î—ΓHot Topic’˘Î—Ν from BioEd Online.

Subject:
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER LAR Collection
Author:
GrandPr„ďŠ, Tadzia
GrandPr’ул©, Tadzia
Date Added:
03/21/2007
Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) Mission Overview
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This site presents information about the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft and its mission, science goals, history, and background. The mission summary includes a brief description of the energetic particles from the sun and from interstellar and galactic sources that are the objectives of the ACE mission. Links to additional information are also supplied.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Advanced Physics of Materials
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Instructor Mark C. Hersam of Northwestern University has created this course, the Advanced Physics of Materials, presented by the NanoEd Resource Portal. This page contains the syllabus, lecture materials, and assignments for the 10-week course, which aims to "cover advanced topics in solid state physics including band structure, electron dynamics and conduction, semiconductors, optical properties, dielectric properties, ferroelectrics, diamagnetism, paramagnetism, magnetic ordering, and superconductivity." Lecture notes are accompanied by RealPlayer videos of the lecture itself and the assignments are excellent worksheets for nanotechnology students to complete.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Hersam, Mark C.
Date Added:
04/12/2012
Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides a wide range of environmental and energy technology learning resources for students, teachers, and technicians; the Center does this, in part, through their electronic Environmental Resources Library (eErl) digital library. The Center's objective is the "advancement of environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation's community colleges and high schools." ATEEC is housed at Scott Community College (Bettendorf, Iowa) and was established by National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center funds.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/02/2007
Advances in Neurotechnology
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Our brains control every movement we make. Most of us take for granted our ability to pick up a cup or change the television station. However, for people who have lost a limb or become paralyzed, the inability to do these things means a loss of freedom and independence. This video segment from Greater Boston describes how neuroscientists and bioengineers have teamed up to create a system that allows people who have lost motor functions to control electronic devices through their thoughts alone. Grades 6-12

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Argosy Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
05/09/2006