Middle School Education
All Middle School Resources
- Air Pollution Model (aerial)
Explore the connections between point-source pollution, geography, and wind on regional air quality.
- Air Pollution Model (cross-section)
Explore the connections between pollution sources, weather, geography, and air quality.
- 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.
- Can We Feed the Growing Population?
Explore the interconnected resources that make up our agricultural system as you consider food production.
- 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 Attractive Forces
Explore different attractive forces between various molecules.
- Comparing Dipole-Dipole to London Dispersion
Investigate the difference in the attractive force between polar and non-polar molecules.
Use a model to study the effect of a consumer (rabbits) on two species of producers (grass and weeds).
- Conduction: Combine Heat Capacity and Conductivity
This model shows the combined effects of heat capacity and conductivity.
- Conduction: Heat Conduction Through Materials
Observe the rate of heat flow through materials with different conductivities.
- Conduction: The Effect of Temperature Difference
Observe the effect of temperature difference on the flow of heat.
- Conduction: The Effect of Wall Thickness on Heat Conduction
Compare the flow of heat through different thicknesses of material.
- Convection: Blowing Wind
Observe the motion of air around and through a building when the wind is blowing.
- Convection: Forced Convection
Observe how forced convection can change an object’s surface temperature and cool it down rapidly.
- Convection: Natural Convection
This model illustrates the difference between conduction and convection in the transfer of heat.
- Convection: Natural Convection Inverted
This model shows how convection works when the heat source is at the top of a space rather than at the bottom.
- Convection: Slow Down Convection
This model explores how natural convection can be reduced with barriers.
- Convection: The Stack Effect
Observe the effect of leaks in the walls and roof on the air circulation in a heated house.
- Describing Velocity
Learn about velocity-time graphs and their connection to corresponding position-time graphs.
- 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. DNA transcription and mRNA translation 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?
- Exponential Decay
Learn to use exponential decay equations and interpret graphs of real-world situations.
- Exponential Growth
Learn to use exponential functions to model several real-world situations.
- Factors Affecting London Dispersion Attractions
Explore the role of size and shape in the strength of London dispersion attractions.
- Global Climate Change Model: Making Predictions About Future Climate
Explore how changing human emissions may affect Earth's temperature in the future.
- Graphing Exponential Equations
Learn to graph exponential functions by connecting ordered pairs.
- 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?
- Heat Storage Depends on Size
Measure how size affects the flow of heat energy from a warm to a cold object.
- Heat Storage Depends on Specific Heat
Measure how specific heat affects the flow of heat energy from a warm to a cold object.
- 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.
- Hydraulic Fracturing Model
Explore how hydraulic fracturing is used to extract oil and natural gas and how the process may affect local aquifers.
- 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.
- Inverses of Functions
Learn to graph the inverses of a series of discrete and continuous functions.
- Land Management Model
Explore the effects of different land management strategies, terrain, and climate on erosion rate and soil quality.
- 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!
Graph lines using the x- and y-intercepts of equations and 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.
- Maintaining Steady Temperature
Explore how temperature swings in a house can be moderated.
- 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.
- Measuring Heat Transfer
Observe and measure the flow of heat energy from a warm to a cold object.
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 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.
- Parachute and Terminal Velocity
Explore the factors that affect an object’s speed as it falls through the atmosphere.
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.
- Planet Hunting Model
Explore how a star's movement and light intensity are affected by an orbiting planet. Explore some characteristics of stars and planets that are important to habitability potential.
- 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
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 Systems of Equations
Write two equations using two variables, graph the equations, and relate their graph to the problem and the solution.
- Spring Model
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.
- Systems of Equations Word Problems 1
Learn to solve systems of linear equations while exploring two real-life scenarios.
- Systems of Equations Word Problems 2
Find solutions to two real-life scenarios by solving systems of linear equations.
- 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.
- Transformations of Functions 1: Translations
Explore transforming a function by translation and learn how changing the function equation changes the function graph.
- Transformations of Functions 2: Dilations
Transform a function by dilation to see how changing the function changes the shape of the graph.
- Transformations of Functions 3: Reflections
Transform a function and learn how changing the function equation changes the shape of the graph.
- Transformations of Functions 4: All Transformations
Transform a function by changing its equation, and learn how changing a function equation changes the shape of the graph.
- Vertical Temperature Gradients
Explore the vertical temperature variations in a house due to natural convection.
- Was Galileo Right?
Explore the effect of gravity on objects of various mass during free fall.
- Water Model
Explore how water moves through Earth’s layers and determine whether wells can produce sustainable amounts of water while maintaining the health of the underlying aquifer.
- Well and Poorly Insulated Houses
Compare the heating of two houses with different insulation values.
- What Are Our Energy Choices?
Explore the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable and non-renewable sources to generate electricity.
- What is Pressure?
Explore pressure at the atomic level.
- What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?
Examine climate data and models to predict Earth's future climate.
- Where Is the Most Heat Lost?
Use movable thermometers to discover where a house has poor insulation.
- Will the Air Be Clean Enough to Breathe?
With more of the world becoming industrialized, will the air be clean enough to breathe?
- Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?
As the human population has grown, water use has increased. Explore water movement and predict water availability.
Graph a line using slope and y-intercept and identify the slope and y-intercept from a linear equation.