Physical Science Resources

Infrared Light Resources and Lesson Plans
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has developed a series of lesson plans and other educational materials to assist middle and high school teachers to explore infrared light with students. The hands-on and demonstration activities are designed to complement instruction on the electromagnetic spectrum for middle and high school students and is designed to be completed in one or two classroom periods. A poster about the electromagnetic spectrum is also available upon request.

The Physics Front
The Physics Front is an online library of physics and astronomy resources that provide enhanced accessibility to peer-reviewed quality physics teaching resources for all teachers of physics and the physical sciences with special support for new teachers of all levels of science. The collection contains references, lesson plans, activities, labs, assessments, and best teaching practices which are all searchable by subject and course type.

Physics To Go
( To Go is a collection of more than 550 carefully selected online resources for informal physics learning. Striking images, with links to related sites that discuss the physics, can be useful as examples of the application of physics concepts.

What Matters with Matter
Need some help with chemistry?  Check out this site.  Offers links to other science areas as well.

Build an Induction Motor
If your students have moved from simple machines to complex mechanisms, here's a challenge for them - build a squirrel cage or an induction motor following the instructions on this page.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
The Jefferson Lab is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to study and understand the detailed structure and behavior of the nucleus of an atom.

The Periodic Table of Comic Books
Click on an element to see a list of comic book pages involving that element, then go to the full page!

Chemistry Coach School Chemistry Resources on the Web
Links to relevant high school chemistry resources available on the web.

Think Quest Programs
This site has resources for teachers and students.

Atomic Alchemy: Nuclear Processes
This site explains concepts such as the atom, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, and the history of nuclear events

The Particle Adventure
The National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy introduces students to the theory of particles and forces through an interactive adventure tour.

The Science of Baseball
Designed to look like a 1950's comic book, this site teaches kids the science behind America's favorite pastime using RealAudio and video clips of scientists and major leaguers.

Amusement Park Physics
A science thrill ride on the influence of physics at amusement parks. An interactive, on-line exhibit from Annenberg/CPB projects.

KISS Institute for Practical Robotics
Extra-curricular and professional development activities and sample lesson plans for improving learning in the field of technology, particularly robotics.

Beakman's Electric Motor
Here's a great amateur-science page taken from Beakman's World on TV. It includes just one project, the construction of a homemade electric motor out of a toilet-paper tube and some paper clips. It would make a serious contender for first prize in any science fair.

Web Elements
At last! A neat way of discovering the periodic table of elements. WebElements is fast and easy. Here you can choose any known element (from one to 105) and get the full rundown, from atomic weight to isotopic abundances. Chemistry made fun and easy!

Mary Wroten
Science Specialist

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