Idea Sheets & Activity Kits

Triangle Tango

Determine if triangles can be formed with side lengths obtained by rolling a die!

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Solar Cell Sandwich

Create a model to learn about how the most common type of solar cell is constructed.

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Light Color Wheel

Construct a simple device that allows students to combine the colors of light, creating a multitude of colors across the visible color spectrum.

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Meet My Function Machine!

Create a function machine that transforms an input number into a unique output number. Exchange function machines and discover the rule behind the function!

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Wave Mobile

Use this simple-to-make rotational wave demonstrator to observe potential and kinetic energy transfers as wave energy is transferred from one end to the other.

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Elemental Crazy Eights

Play card games using unique pictures and impart a vivid and lasting impression on students through fun memory pegs (mnemonics) for the atomic number with corresponding chemical name and symbol for the elements in the periodic table.

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Salmon You Can Count On

Estimating the size of a population of animals, like salmon, is very challenging. The “tag and recapture” technique provides surprisingly accurate results. Simulate this sampling process using colored disks to represent salmon. Use proportions to predict the total population from the distribution of tagged fish found in “captured” samples.

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File Folder Retractor Car

Learn about wheels, hubs, and axles, while making a vehicle that can really move!

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Zero Wins

Students can practice various math operations by selecting numbers and operators written on bottle caps and arranging them to make number sentences.

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Inertia Ball

Students commonly think that heavy balls will always roll down a ramp faster than light ones! Explore this misconception by filling hollow balls with different substances and make surprising observations. Set inquiring minds to work to figure out what is going on!

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