All Middle School Resources
- Baggie Chemistry
Household chemicals mixed in a baggie produce dramatic results.
- Boiling Point
This model allows you to explore why polar and non-polar substances have very different boiling points.
- Build and Test a Model Solar House
Construct and test the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house.
- Ceramic Forces
Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a ceramic material.
- Charged and Neutral Atoms
Explore the role of charge in interatomic interactions.
- Comparing Dipole-Dipole to London Dispersion
Investigate the difference in the attractive force between polar and non-polar molecules.
- 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.
- Diffusion Across a Semipermeable Membrane
Explore the role of pore size in the diffusion of a substance across a membrane.
- Diffusion and Molecular Mass
Explore the role of a molecule's mass with respect to its diffusion rate.
- Diffusion and Temperature
Explore the role of temperature in the rate of diffusion of a substance.
- Diffusion of a Drop
Explore the random molecular motion of a dye in water.
- DNA to Protein
Explore how the code embedded in DNA is translated into a protein. Transcription of DNA and translation of mRNA are modeled.
- 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?
- Factors Affecting London Dispersion Attractions
Explore the role of size and shape in the strength of London dispersion attractions.
- Graphing Quadratic Equations
Students learn to graph a quadratic equation using the coordinates of the vertex of a parabola and its x-intercepts.
- 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.
- Hydrogen Bonds: A Special Type of Attraction
Explore the polar molecule interactions known as hydrogen bonds.
- Intermolecular Attractions and States of Matter
Explore how states of matter are related to the strength of intermolecular attractions.
- 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.
- Linear Equations: Points, Intercepts, and Slopes, Oh My!
Students learn to graph lines using the x- and y-intercepts of equations, as well as how to graph a line when given an equation in point-slope form.
- Linear Equations: Ski Slope
Learn about the numeric representation of the slope of a line, including using rise and run to graph lines with a given slope.
- 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?
- Metal Forces
Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a metallic material.
- 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.
- Modeling Transcription
Explore how an mRNA copy is made of DNA.
- Modeling Translation
Explore how a protein is made from an mRNA sequence.
- Molecular View of a Gas
Explore the structure of a gas at the molecular level.
- Molecular View of a Liquid
Explore the structure of a liquid at the molecular level.
- Molecular View of a Solid
Explore the structure of a solid at the molecular level.
- 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.
Explore how changing the DNA sequence can change the amino acid sequence of a protein.
- Oil and Water
Explore the interactions that cause water and oil to separate from a mixture.
- Our Solar System
Study the planets in our solar system using a computer model.
Explore the factors that affect a pendulum's motion.
- Pendulum and Spring
Explore the motion of a pendulum suspended by a spring.
- Phase Change
Explore what happens at the molecular level during a phase change.
- Plastic Forces
Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a polymeric plastic material.
- Polarity and Attractive Strength
Explore the role of polarity in the strength of intermolecular attractions.
- Protein Folding
Explore how hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions cause proteins to fold into specific shapes.
- Quadratic Functions in Vertex Form
Students learn to identify the vertex of a parabola from the vertex form of a quadratic function equation, and then graph the parabola.
- Quadratic Word Problems Part 1
Students solve two problems involving the motion of projectile objects, modeling the motion using quadratic equations.
- Quadratic Word Problems Part 2
Students solve two problems each involving the motion of projectile objects, modeling the motion using quadratic equations.
- 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 Intermolecular Attractions
Explore different types of attractions between molecules.
- 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
- Spring and Mass
Explore the factors that affect a spring's motion.
- States of Matter
How do the forces and attractions differ between the states of matter?
- Sunlight, Infrared, CO2 and the Ground
Explore how solar radiation interacts with Earth’s surface and atmosphere.
- The Temperature-Pressure Relationship
Explore the relationship between the temperature of a gas and the pressure it exerts on its container.
- The Temperature-Volume Relationship
Explore the relationship between the temperature of a gas and its volume.
- The Volume-Pressure Relationship
Investigate the relationship between the volume of a gas and the pressure it exerts on its container.
- Tire Forces
Explore what happens when a force is exerted on a rubber tire.
- 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
- What is Pressure?
Explore pressure at the atomic level.
Learn to graph a line using its slope and y-intercept, or to identify the slope and y-intercept from a linear equation written in slope-intercept form.