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Let's have some fun with science and experiential learning! We have selected a few instructions for students in upper elementary, middle, and early high school - to build, test, learn, and reflect. You should recall some of these concepts based on your previous learning in the classroom or based on your own interest. Every experiment or activity has a list of materials, and these items should be easily available at home or in the local hardware store. Try them! Simply download the appropriate lesson instructions below. πŸ“šπŸ‘‡

Making Measurements

What you will do: Measuring the volume of different geometric shapes physically using sand and comparing the results with theoretical expectations.
NGSS: MS-ETS1-3

Pollination in Angiosperms

What you will do: Understanding the mechanism of pollination in flowers with pollinating agents.
NGSS: MS-LS1-4

How Lungs Work

What you will do: Students will construct a simple working model of the human lungs and visualize its functioning.
NGSS: MS-LS1-3

Understanding Mixtures

What you will do: Using sand and plastic beads mixed together, students will analyze the ratio of beads to sand in different trials to mathematically confirm the characteristics of heterogeneous mixtures. They will then mathematically form homogenous mixtures with a fixed ratio of sand and plastic beads.
NGSS: MS-PS1-2

Build a Water Filter

What you will do: Students will build a homemade water filter with gravel, sand, cotton, and plastic mesh to filter water (mixed with soil).
NGSS: MS-ETS1-1

Concept of Density

What you will do:Β Utilizing easily available cuboidal objects, students will measure dimensions and mass. They will then understand how the mass per unit volume varies between the objects.
NGSS: MS-PS1-1

Conduction: Thermal Energy Transfer

What you will do: Students will compare the flow of heat through different metals rods to understand the property of thermal conductivity in metals.
NGSS: MS-PS3-3

Visualizing Convection Currents

What you will do: Students will observe the convection drift current inside a chamber with two openings.
NGSS: MS-PS3-3

Motion Via Energy Transformation

What you will do: Using a coiled rubber band, students will move a cylinder along the floor. They can then modify the inputs to the mechanism to observe differences in the results.
NGSS: MS-PS3-5

Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Game

What you will do: A gamified comparison and the connections of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, including the formation and depletion of ATPs.
NGSS: MS-LS1-6

Osmosis: Visualizing Passive Transport

What you will do: Students will understand the role of a semipermeable membrane in the transport of water in cells.
NGSS: MS-LS1-2

Trace the Reflection of Light

What you will do: Students will verify the laws of reflection of light.
NGSS: MS-PS4-2

Make the Magnetic Lines of Force Appear

What you will do: Using single and multiple bar magnets, trace the magnetic lines of force using iron filings.
NGSS: MS-PS2-5

The Equations Balancing Board

What you will do: Students will visually balance atoms on both sides of a chemical equation with beads on a custom-designed equations board. They will further match the pictures of the reactants and products to understand the difference in states and physical characteristics of the same molecules and compounds under different conditions.
NGSS: MS-PS1-5Β 

Visualizing the Moon Phases

What you will do: Students will visualize the different phases of the moon with the help of a flashlight, a ball, and a covered box.
NGSS: MS-ESS1-1

Visualizing the Solar System

What you will do: Students will grasp accurate differences in the physical dimensions of the planets and their distances from the sun.
NGSS: MS-ESS1-3

Natural Indicator (Red Cabbage)

What you will do: Students will use the red cabbage juice to test the acidity and alkalinity of different household chemicals.
NGSS: MS-PS1-2

Plot a Radioactive Decay Graph

What you will do: The activity will allow students to understand the concept of radioactive decay, and to estimate the half-life of Uranium-235.
NGSS: HS-PS1-8

Understanding the Carbon Cycle

What you will do:Β Students will visualize the processes by which the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere remains stable and analyze the evidence of global warming.
NGSS: HS-ESS2-6

Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

What you will do: Students will conduct the two types of reactions and understand the differences within them.
NGSS: MS-PS1-6

Build an Electromagnet

What you will do: Students will build an electromagnet and analyze the strength of the electromagnet by varying the number of turns of the wire around the soft iron core.
NGSS: MS-PS2-3

Mapping Sensory Receptors

What you will do: Students will conduct a reflex test and map the stimulus-response in the human nervous system.
NGSS: MS-LS1-8

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