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Achi: A Strange Game of Tic Tac Toe
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In this game, learners strategize to be the first player to make three in a row. This game is similar to the classic Tic-Tac-Toe game, but learners slide game pieces along lines, instead of filling in boxes with X's or O's. Learners will practice mathematical thinking skills like strategizing, predicting and problem solving. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
All Things Being Equal
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In this game, learners strategize to win the most cards by building number equations. Learners practice operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) to construct their equations. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Animal & Plant Cell Slides
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In this activity, learners make slides of onion cells and their own cheek cells. Use this lab to teach learners how to prepare microscope slides and use a microscope. Learners will also identify differences between plant and animal cells. Note: a microscope is required for this activity, but is not included in the cost of materials.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Mission Science Workshop
Date Added:
11/09/2013
Balloon Drive
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In this challenge, learners make a helium balloon hover in one spot and then move it through an obstacle course using air currents. Learners will explore gravity and buoyancy in this simple and quick activity.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Build Your Own Robot Arm
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In this lesson, learners develop a robot arm using common materials. Learners explore design, construction, and teamwork, as well as materials selection and use. The robot arm must be at least 18 inches in length and must be able to pick up an empty Styrofoam cup. Teams of learners must agree on a design for the robot arm and identify what materials will be used. Learners will draw a sketch of their design prior to construction. Resulting robot arms are then tested and checked for range of motion and satisfaction of the given criteria.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
IEEE
New York Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Catch Your Own Minibeast
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In this activity (p.6-10 of PDF), learners use different methods for hunting minibeasts (bugs). Learners can either make traps or simply look for minibeasts under stones and logs. Learners can record the number of minibeasts they find. Use this activity to observe bugs and compare minibeasts found in different habitats. Safety note: Learners should always wash their hands before and after handling animals.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council
Chantelle Jay
Jacolly Puppet Theatre
Karen Gresty
Leslie Ebdon
Peter Smithers
Date Added:
06/26/2012
Cheese: Behold the Power of Chemistry
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In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners conduct an experiment to get an idea of how cheese is made. Learners discover that cheese is made by adding either an acid, microorganisms, or enzymes to milk. Learners do not eat the cheese they make in this activity.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
Date Added:
11/09/2000
Colorblind Dogs
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into dogs' ability (or inability) to see color. Learners conduct an experiment by first performing a control test and then experimenting to see if dogs are able to fetch colored balls amid a background of gray balls. Learners collect, record, and graph the data to draw conclusions about colorblindness in dogs. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Colorblind Dogs.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
The Colors of Flowers
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In this activity, learners perform an experiment to find out what determines a flower's color. Learners extract petal juice, use acid and base indicators, and observe chemical reactions to investigate how the amount of acid or base influences the color of a flower petal.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Science Friday
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Confetti Launcher
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Hooray! In this design challenge activity, learners invent a device that launches a spoonful of confetti into the air. Learners are encouraged to create the biggest cloud of confetti possible. Educators can use this activity to introduce simple machines as well as the design process. The associated Leader's Notes handout includes instructions on how to play a creative-thinking game to prep learners for the challenge.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Counting Craze
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In this activity, learners practice counting objects found on patterned wrapping paper or fabric. Repeated experiences with counting will help young learners understand that the last number they say when counting objects tells them "how many" objects in all.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
Date Added:
11/09/2011
The Decayed Pumpkin
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In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity, learners explore the effects of decay by comparing and contrasting something (an old pumpkin) that's decayed with the same thing before it changes (a fresh pumpkin). Use this activity during the Fall and Halloween! This activity includes a "Sid the Science Kid" video showing how to conduct the investigation.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John W. Carson Foundation
MetLife
PBS
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
The Jim Henson Company
The RoseHills Foundation
Vinci
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Electric Highway
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In this design challenge activity, learners design and build a circuit: an "electric highway" that connects a battery and buzzer at least three feet apart using four types of materials. This is a simple exploratory activity about electricity and conductivity.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Exploring Bouncing Balls
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Learners explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce. The point of the activity is not necessarily to have students arrive at a precise explanation for the phenomena they are investigating, but to provide learners with scientific experience and guide them to reflect upon this experience. Learners can use an included Science Flowchart to chart their scientific experience. This lesson serves as a good introduction to the nature of scientific inquiry.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Judy Scotchmoor
Lisa White
National Science Foundation
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Exploring Measurement
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In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity, learners use their bodies to measure a room. Instead of inches or feet, how many kids does it take to measure the length of a room? This activity includes a "Sid the Science Kid" video showing how to conduct the investigation.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John W. Carson Foundation
MetLife
PBS
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
The Jim Henson Company
The RoseHills Foundation
Vinci
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Exploring Structures
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This event guide features three related explorations in which learners investigate the following science concepts: how you design and build a structure helps determine how strong it will be; different materials are useful for making different kinds of structures and different parts of structures; and, walls, roofs, and bridges need to be supported in special ways. Exploring Structures is one unit in the Peep Event Kit, which also offers explorations of shadows and ramps, respectively. The guide provides an agenda for a 1-hour science event, a customizable flyer and family handouts (English and Spanish). Learners can view a related Peep and the Big Wide World video story before or after the activity.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/09/2007
Extreme Kicking Machine
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In this design challenge activity follow up to "Kicking Machine", learners add a hands-free feature to their Kicking Machine. Learners modify their kicking machine to have it either release the pendulum or rubber band while standing three feet away or have it automatically feed balls into the kicking machine, one after another. They must figure out how to integrate the new feature into the existing structure and use the design process to make sure the modified kicking machine works properly. Educators can use this activity to demonstrate simple machines and kinetic/potential energy.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Extreme Sounds
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into sound. Groups of learners will use a decibel meter or a simple set of benchmark sounds to record and quantify sound levels of varying loudness at ten locations in their city. The average sound level for each location is calculated and then listed in increasing order on a graph. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Extreme Sounds.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Feel the Heat
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In this design challenge activity, learners design and build a solar hot water heater. Their goal is to create a heater that yields the highest temperature change. In the project guide, learners are encouraged to think about this problem within the context of space and space travel. This activity encourages learners to explore the design process and the scientific method.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Fish Mouths
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This activity (page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into environmental adaptation. Groups of learners will observe fish at a zoo, aquarium, or fish store and categorize which way the mouth of each identified fish faces. Based on observations made while the fish are fed and additional research, conclusions should be developed about how the fish fits into its environment. This activity can be used to teach learners about the importance of writing good notes while making observations. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: California Fish.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Foam Tower
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In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will whip up some suds with a cup of water and a tablespoon of dish soap until the bubbles are stiff enough to start piling on a plate. The challenge is to build the tallest pile, varying soap, water, or time of mixing to maximize height. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Waterslides.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Forces at the Nanoscale: Nano Properties of Everyday Plants
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This is an activity (located on page 3 of PDF) about surface tension. Learners will test different leaves with drops of water and full submersion to compare how water interacts with the leaf surface. Water will stick to some leaves more than others, seeming to almost jump off some. Learners record their observations in a table and produce leaf drawings/rubbings. This activity introduces learners to forces on the nanoscale and relates to linked video, DragonflyTV Nano: Nasturtium Leaves.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Four Corners
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In this design challenge activity, learners build a machine out of cardboard that runs smoothly and dependably. Learners must be precise to make sure their component works properly. This activity introduces learners to how engineers develop machines and systems that make work easier and more cost efficient.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Frozen Fruit
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In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity, learners observe reversible change while thinking about ways to make ice melt. Learners freeze a piece of fruit in an ice cube and then explore ways to get the fruit out of the ice (using warm water to melt the ice, microwaving the fruit cubes, or just waiting). After, learners can enjoy their healthy snack! This activity includes a "Sid the Science Kid" video showing how to conduct the investigation.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John W. Carson Foundation
MetLife
PBS
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
The Jim Henson Company
The RoseHills Foundation
Vinci
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Fruit Xylophone: Fruit Salad Instrument of the Future!
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This is a perfect summertime lunch activity! Pico Cricket is required (micro controller). First, get a bunch of cut up fruit, line them up, then plug a piece of fruit with a Pico Cricket sensor clip. Next, hold the other Pico Cricket sensor clip in your hand and touch each of the fruits with it to see what kind of music it makes! This activity contains the programming instructions you need to read the resistance in the fruit, which assigns that resistance number a sound. This activity is a great way to explore the conductivity of fruit and vegetables and their resistance. This activity is an easy programming activity for beginners. Note: an older version of the Pico Cricket is shown in this activity, please revise where necessary.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Science Museum of Minnesota
Date Added:
06/26/2012
Funny Putty
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In this chemistry activity (page 1 of PDF), learners will create a blob of stretchable funny putty out of a water, borax, and glue mixture. Then, learners experiment with a little kneading and stretching to test how far they can stretch the blob without breaking it. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Milk Carton Boat.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Geometric Solids
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This math activity exposes early learners to a variety of three-dimensional objects. Learners bring geometric solids (everyday objects) from home. Learners sort and graph the objects on a Floor Graphing Mat. After the activity, learners can explore the geometric shapes in centers (see Extensions).

Subject:
Mathematics
Geometry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Utah Education Network
Utah LessonPlans
Date Added:
09/18/2012
Geometry and Spatial Relations: It's a Perfect Fit (Part 1)
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In this three-part math activity, learners explore shapes. In part one, learners identify, describe, and classify two-dimensional shapes. Learners use square tiles to duplicate shapes on a card, identify 2D shapes in the room, sort shapes according to their attributes, and use shapes to creature pictures and stories. In part two, learners experiment with pattern blocks and decorate paper bag vests with shapes and patterns. In part three, learners are introduced to three-dimensional shapes as they use Geoblocks to explore geometric concepts.

Subject:
Mathematics
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
PBS
US Department of Education
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Glowing in the Dark
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In this activity, learners explore phosphorescence and how certain materials can absorb and store energy from a light source. Learners use critical thinking skills to hypothesize which type of light -- incandescent, ultraviolet, infrared or fluorescent -- will produce the brightest glow from a glow-in-the-dark star. Learners perform an experiment using cameras to observe the intensity of the resulting glow from each type of light source.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Science Friday
Date Added:
11/09/2011
Go Bug!
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By playing a card game similar to "Go Fish," but based on the stages of metamorphosis, learners will be able to see how insects change in form as they grow and will consider the advantages of undergoing complete metamorphosis rather than incomplete metamorphosis. They will also learn about interactions between parasites and insects. This lesson plan includes resources for educators, extension ideas, and is standards-based.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Good Catch!
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In this activity, learners "go fishing," then practice ruler use and size/pattern comparison with the animals they catch.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Algebra
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
The Children's Museum of Houston
Date Added:
11/09/2012
The Great Toss Off!
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In this math game, learners toss plastic cups to land just right and collect points to win. Use this activity to help learners understand probability; learners have the opportunity to see that some events are more probable than others, such as the cup landing on its bottom. This activity guide contains a material list, sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Guess My Rule
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In this math activity, learners play a game and try to be the first player to identify their partner's rule. Learners identify the rule by finding commonalities between three familiar objects. Use this activity to help learners practice sorting and classifying. This activity guide contains a material list, sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
ExxonMobil
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Happyland Fun Park
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Imagine you are planning a trip with your family and friends to Happyland Fun Park. Use a budget of $25 to create a plan for your day. Use props to role play as you figure out how you want to spend your money. This activity guide includes extensions, resources, standards, and blackline masters.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Children's Museum of Houston
Children's Museum Of Houston
Date Added:
09/19/2014
Headphone Helper
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In this design challenge activity, learners add headphones to a previously built instrument (see "Build a Band" activity) to make it easier to hear. This lesson plan includes information on sound energy, the design process, and teamwork as well as instructions on how to integrate two video clips into the activity. This activity is best suited as a follow-up to "Build a Band" from the same source.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2009
Helping Hand
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In this invention challenge activity, learners see how many objects they can grab with a homemade "bionic" arm. Learners will follow the design process to build a grabber that can reach at least two feet, develop a way to open and close the grabberäóťs jaw, and figure out how to connect the äóějawäó to a stick. Educators can use this activity to introduce learners to the design process as well as simple machines (lever, fulcrum).

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Hidden Alarm
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In this design challenge activity, learners invent a device that will make their friends and family ask, "What's buzzing?" Learners design an alarm with an on/off switch that is small enough to hide. This activity is a fun, hands-on way for learners to get a taste for the design process and experiment with circuitry.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
High Rise
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In this design challenge activity, learners build a tower that can support a tennis ball at least 18 inches off the ground while withstanding the wind from a fan. Learners will build a sturdy frame out of paper, learn that a solid base helps stabilize a tower and use the design process to debug problems. This work prepares learners for a follow-up challenge called "Kinetic Sculpture" from the same source.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Hockey Stick Power!
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This activity (on page 2 of the pdf) is a full inquiry investigation into how a hockey stickäóťs flex affects shooting power and accuracy. Groups of learners will gather hockey sticks with three different flex ratings. Then, they design separate accuracy and speed tests to gather data and calculate average scores for each flex rating. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Hockey.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Homework, Hogwarts Style
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In this activity on page 8 of the PDF, learners make three of Harry Potter's essential school supplies: quills, ink, and color-changing paper. Learners use supplies from the grocery store to make ancient iron tannate ink (permanent), color-changing paper, and a feather quill pen. Safety notes: Wear eye protection and be careful with hot liquids. The ink is permanent and will stain clothes. Follow Milli's safety tips on page 3 of the PDF.

Subject:
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
Jane Snell Copes
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Hot Air
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In this activity, learners set up an experiment to investigate the effects of hot air on the path of a laser beam. They observe the wandering position of the laser beam spot on the wall after the light travels through hot air rising from the candle flame. Learners produce a table of observations from both the Cool Air and Hot Air experiments, and answer questions using evidence from their experiment. Apply what learners discover in this experiment to real-life by discussing why stars "twinkle."

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Date Added:
11/09/2011
How Much is a Name Worth?
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In this math lesson, learners use simple addition facts to compute values (in dollars and cents) for their names. Next, learners add larger numbers to compute the combined value of all the names in their group. Finally, they use the group totals to compute the combined value of the all names in the larger group or class. To calculate the values, learners can use counters, draw tens and ones, group numbers into doubles, find tens, count on, etc. It is not necessary for learners to know how to add using the common regrouping algorithm, nor is it necessary for them to know how to add coins. This activity is designed to allow learners to explore combining strategies on their own and in small groups.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Utah Education Network
Utah LessonPlans
Date Added:
10/22/2012
How Small Can You Cut?
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In this lesson, learners cut paper into very small pieces to explore the small size of quarks, the smallest thing we know of on Earth. Learners attempt to cut a 28-cm-long by 1-cm-wide strip of paper in half, as many times as possible. Use this activity to introduce learners to quarks and how particle physicists study and manipulate super small matter.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Google
National Science Foundation
State of Kansas through the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation
University of Kansas
Date Added:
11/09/2006
Iodine Investigators!
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In this activity on page 7 of the PDF, learners use iodine to identify foods that contain starch. Compare the starch content of a ripe banana, an overripe banana, milk, and flour mixed with water. Use this experiment to introduce learners to starch and how our bodies use starch to break down nutrients during digestion. Safety notes: DO NOT eat any tested foods or the iodine. Wear goggles. Follow the safety tips on the bottom of page 7 as well as Milli's safety tips on page 5.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
Date Added:
11/09/2009
LEGO Robots
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into technology design and testing. Groups of learners will design, build, and program a LEGO robot to perform specific tasks, testing and retesting their modifications until theyäóťve maximized the effectiveness of each feature of their robotäóťs design. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: GEMS.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Launch It
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In this design challenge activity, learners use a balloon and other simple materials to design an air-powered rocket that can hit a distant target. Learners are encouraged to consider how rocket length, number of fins, additional weight and launch angle will affect travel distance. The associated leader's guide relates this challenge to NASA and lunar spacecraft.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Make Your Own Mini Mini Golf Course
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Build your own Mini Mini Golf Course and learn about hands-on building and design, basic circuitry, motion modules and more! Start with the step-by-step photo documentation of other teams' building and design process, including their comments on how things went. Then use insulation styrofoam and carve and build your own course. Design moving traps and devices with motors and batteries or pulleys and gears to make your course more fun and challenging.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Science Learning Network Resource
Science Museum of Minnesota
Science Musuem of Minnesota
Date Added:
11/09/1997
Molecular Menagerie
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Small molecules are chemicals that can interact with proteins to affect their functions. Learn about the structure and biological functions of various small molecules like sugar and caffeine. Also featured on the HHMI DVD, Scanning Life's Matrix: Genes, Proteins, and Small Molecules. Available free from HHMI.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
Lecture
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Date Added:
04/17/2012
Mountain Rescue Mission
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In this math activity, learners play a game that helps reinforce learners' understanding of the coordinate system. In this game, rescue teams are at the base of the hill (an ordered pair to be determined by roll of dice) and an injured victim is at the top of the hill (ordered pair (10, 10)). The objective is to get to the victim as quickly as possible. Learners roll the dice and move along the grid horizontally and/or vertically. The first player to land exactly on (10,10) is the winner.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Utah Education Network
Utah LessonPlans
Date Added:
10/22/2012
Moving Molecules!
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In this activity about molecular diffusion (located on page 2 of the PDF), learners will make predictions and move molecules of iodine through a seemingly solid plastic sandwich bag. The process of diffusion will be visually indicated by a color change when the iodine reacts with starch inside the bag. Information in the resource explains how this activity relates to nanoparticles and research. Related to linked video, DragonflyTV Nano: Nanosilver.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2008
Mystery Marauders
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In this outdoor, mystery-solving activity, learners work like detectives, gathering evidence to identify the culprits that are attacking plants. Learners come to understand the impact of insect pests on plant lifeäóîincluding the fact that crop losses due to insect damage cost billions of dollars. The activity calls for learners to read Action Assignment Cards, but with an adult reading the cards, or with modified, simpler cards, this activity can be adapted for younger learners.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Lawrence Hall of Science
Date Added:
11/09/2014
On Target
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In this design challenge activity, learners modify a cup so it can carry a marble down a zip line and also drop it onto a target. Learners are encouraged to brainstorm answers to design questions, build a prototype using simple materials, and test, evaluate, and redesign their structure. The activity guide includes troubleshooting tips. The related Leader's Notes guide contains information on how to connect this to NASA and aerospace engineering.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Paper Cover Up
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In this activity on page 11 of the PDF, learners use candle wax to make "invisible" designs that are revealed with watercolor paints. Use this activity to demonstrate why dentists coat the tops of our back teeth with a special type of plastic sealant.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
Date Added:
11/09/2004
Patterns and Relationships: Struts 'n Stuff
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In this math lesson, learners identify the relationship between the number of sides in a regular polygon and the number of struts needed to make each polygon rigid. Learners build polygons using strips of paper and paper fasteners to explore the attributes of triangles, rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons. From their explorations, learners discern that triangles form the only rigid polygon. Learners are then challenged to determine the least number of struts or supports they would need to add to the rectangles, pentagons, and hexagons to make them rigid. Learners record their findings in a chart and look for patterns. They use the pattern to state a rule that shows the relationship between the number of sides in a polygon and the number of struts needed to make it rigid. To further reinforce these concepts, learners make a graph showing this relationship. Learners use the graph to predict the number of struts needed to make different polygons rigid. Finally, the group discusses the relationship between the number of sides of a polygon and the number of triangles formed by the struts. Learners look for a pattern in order to make a generalization.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
PBS
US Department of Education
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Penny Drop
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In this quick activity about the properties of water (page 1 of PDF), learners will use an eyedropper to slowly place one drop of water at a time onto a penny, counting the number of drops until the water spills over the edge. Besides searching for the greatest number drops a penny will hold, drops of milk or vegetable oil can be tested in addition to water, raising the question, "What property of water allows it to pile up this way?" Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV: Malformed Frogs.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2005
Physics in a Glass: Reversing Arrows
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In this simple activity, learners investigate refraction by placing a picture of an arrow behind a glass of water. Learners may be surprised when a left-pointing arrow is reversed when viewed through a glass of water. Use this activity to introduce properties of refraction.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Physical Society
Date Added:
11/09/2012
Poddle Weigh-In
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In this online math game from Cyberchase, Hacker has removed the numbers from all of the poddles of Poddleville. Help the poddles get their numbers back using a balance scale.

Subject:
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Ernst & Young LLP
National Science Foundation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
PBS
The Volckhausen Family
WNET
Date Added:
11/09/2011
Reflective Solar Cooker
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In this activity, learners use the Sun's energy to cook marshmallows. Learners construct the solar oven out of simple everyday materials. They experiment to see how the color of the marshmallow (vanilla or chocolate) and height of the straws affect cooking time. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy and reflection. Note: this activity requires adult supervision.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Date Added:
11/09/2011
Rubber Band Car
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In this design challenge activity, learners build a car that can travel at least four feet using rubber band power and use the design process to debug problems. Learners can follow up this activity with the "Motorized Car" and "Customized Car" activities in the Leader Notes guide.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
Date Added:
11/09/2010
Sea Turtle Populations
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In this activity, learners will model how a sea turtle population changes over time, from eggs to adults, using puffed rice. Learners create a chart, calculate population fluctuation for each transitional stage of sea turtles' lives, and graph the population at each stage. Learners investigate different factors including migration and human fishing that affect the size of the sea turtle population. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Sea Turtles.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Date Added:
11/09/2007