Featured Middle School Activities
- 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.
- Comparing Motion to Trajectory with the Qualitative Grapher
Gain insight into the difficulties students face in learning to interpret graphs
Use a model to study the effect of a consumer (rabbits) on two species of producers (grass and weeds).
- Describing Velocity
Learn about velocity-time graphs and their connection to corresponding position-time graphs, and determine velocity during different intervals.
- Dew Point
Figure out the dew point temperature for your classroom.
Investigate how the random motion and collisions of particles results in diffusion.
- Earthquakes Around the World
In this activity you will use a computer model to investigate earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
- Evaporative Cooler
How can the cooling effect of evaporating water be used for air conditioning?
- Greenhouse Effect in a Greenhouse
Relate changes in sunlight to the temperature of air trapped in a container.
- Greenhouse Light and Temperature
By using a temperature sensor, we can relate changes in sunlight to the temperature of the air being trapped in a container.
- Heat and Light from Electricity
How does energy change from one form to another?
- How Fast Am I Moving?
Investigate the relationship between slope and velocity on a position-time graph.
- How Loud, How High?
Explore the frequency, wavelength, amplitude and velocity of sound waves.
- Launching a Satellite
Study how to fire something into space.
- Leaf Photosynthesis
This NetLogo model of leaf photosynthesis shows the macroscopic outcome of the reaction.
- Making Waves
Investigate the creation of different wave shapes.
- Maria's Run
Show that the motion of objects can be described by position, direction of motion, and speed.
Learn how meiosis and fertilization shuffle the alleles that offspring inherit.
- Melting Ice
What is the temperature of ice as it melts?
- 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.
- Motion on a Ramp
Study the motion of an object as it moves up and down a ramp.
- Motion Toward and Away
Explore different ways of describing motion on a graph.
- Our Solar System
Study the planets in our solar system using a computer model.
- Radiant Energy Flow
Explore the energy balance between incoming and outgoing radiation on the earth.
- Relative Humidity Measurement
Measure relative humidity in the air by comparing the wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures
- Seeing Motion
Investigate simple, straight-line motion.
- Solving Linear Equations with the Function Analyzer
Reveal the connection between symbolic and graphic representations of equation solving
- States of Matter
How do the forces and attractions differ between the states of matter?
- Was Galileo Right?
Explore the effect of gravity on objects of various mass during free fall.
- Weaving a Parabola Web with the Quadratic Transformer
Explore how the graph of a quadratic function and its symbolic expression relate to each other