Featured High School Activities
- Atomic Structure
Explore ion formation, isotopes, and electron orbital placement using interactive models of atomic structure.
- Atoms and Conservation of Energy
How does the Law of Conservation of Energy (the First Law of Thermodynamics) apply to atoms?
- Baggie Chemistry
Household chemicals mixed in a baggie produce dramatic results.
- Build and Test a Model Solar House
Construct and test the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house.
Explore the effects of homogeneous catalysts.
- Cellular Respiration
Explore how your body converts the chemical energy of glucose into the chemical energy of ATP.
- Chemical Bonds
Explore the different kinds of chemical bonds that can form, ranging from non-polar covalent to ionic.
- Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry
Control the concentrations of molecules and temperatures of reactions to explore reaction rate dynamically, and change the ratios of chemicals and observe the effects to learn how to balance chemical equations.
- Comparing Motion to Trajectory with the Qualitative Grapher
Gain insight into the difficulties students face in learning to interpret graphs
- Conflicting Selection Pressures
Observe how heredity and natural selection allow a population to adapt to a changing environment by making favorable mutations more common and unfavorable mutations less common.
- Diffusion, Osmosis and Active Transport
Explore how water and ions can diffuse both passively and actively through cell membranes.
- DNA to Protein
Explore what DNA is and how proteins are synthesized from the genetic information stored in it.
- Electric Current
Explore the relationships between voltage, current, and resistance that make up Ohm's Law using molecular models of circuits.
- Electrons in Atoms and Molecules
The interactions of electrons with matter are central to many technologies from transistors, diodes, and smoke detectors to sophisticated imaging, lasers, and quantum computing.
Discover how atoms can be charged, and manipulate charge and distance to examine Coulomb's Law.
- Excited States and Photons
Investigate how atoms can be excited to give off radiation.
- Gas Laws
Explore the interrelationships of pressure, temperature, and volume with atomic models of Boyle's Law, Charles's Law, Gay-Lussac's Law, and Avogadro's Law.
- Greenhouse Gases
Use a computer model to explore how the earth's atmosphere affects the energy balance between incoming and outgoing radiation.
- How Electrons Move
Discover the forces affecting the movement of electrons, including electric and magnetic fields.
- Intermolecular Attractions
Explore how London dispersion attraction and dipole-dipole interactions explain the different boiling points of materials and apply that reasoning to DNA, antibodies, and gecko feet.
- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Discover the quantum nature of electrons including their wave nature, tunneling abilities, and their bound and excited states.
- Is There Life in Space?
Explore the question: Can there be life outside of Earth?
- Making and Breaking Bonds
Explore the association and dissociation of diatomic molecules.
- Making Heat
Does change in concentration change the amount of heat released in a chemical reaction?
- Meiosis Lab
Explore meiosis and fertilization in dragons in a special lab that gives students the power to recombine alleles.
- Modeling Earth's Climate
Examine climate data and models to explore what we might be able to predict about the Earth's future, and how sure we will be about it.
- Modern Genetics
Students breed dragons to learn concepts in modern genetics.
- Molecular Geometry
Use models of electron arrangement around atoms to discover how molecules form linear, trigonal planar, and trigonal pyramidal shapes.
- Molecular Self-Assembly
Explore how molecules assemble themselves into defined patterns, a process called molecular self-assembly, using a unique set of computational models.
- Phase Change
Explore what happens at a molecular level as substances change phase.
- Population Explosion
Study how populations stay in balance with their environment and respond to various factors such as food supply and predators
- Probability Clouds
Investigate the probability map of electron orbitals.
- Protein Partnering and Function
Build "partnerships" between a protein and small molecules, explore the effects of surface charge, polarity and shape on partnering, and learn the importance of a "good fit" between molecules.
- Quantum Tunneling
Explore the unique concept of quantum tunneling and its importance to modern technology.
- Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Use a virtual scanning tunneling microscope to explore the quantum tunneling effect.
Explore the structure and behavior of natural and doped semiconductors.
Explore molecular views of solvents and solutes to explain how substances dissolve, the differing solubilities of particular solutes in polar and nonpolar solvents, and the effects of temperature on dissolution rates and saturation.
- Solving Linear Equations with the Function Analyzer
Reveal the connection between symbolic and graphic representations of equation solving
Explore why excited atoms emit different wavelengths of radiation and learn how to identify atoms based on their unique atomic spectra.
- States of Matter
How do the forces and attractions differ between the states of matter?
- The Geniverse Lab Demo
Students investigate dragon phenotypes and genotypes, run breeding experiments and solve genetic problems in a virtual lab.
- Transistors: The Field Effect
The field effect transistor is the most common type of transistor.
- Tree of Life
Zoom down from what we can see with our own eyes to the macromolecules from which they are made
- Weaving a Parabola Web with the Quadratic Transformer
Explore how the graph of a quadratic function and its symbolic expression relate to each other
- Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?
Explore the question: Will there be enough fresh water for the growing human population?