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Radioactive Dating: Looking at Half-Lives Using M&Ms
Kathleen Babich, South St. Paul Junior High School, South St. Paul, MN, based on an original activity retrieved from http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/McKinney.html also with the help of Jenni Johansen (other 8th grade science teacher at So. St. Paul Junior High School
This is an activity that students will use M&Ms to gain a better understanding of radioactive dating and half-lives.

Quantum Physics: An Introduction
Cory Hubble, MA, ATC/R, CSCS Secondary Technical Education Program Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11 Anoka, MN
Introduction to Quantum Physics concepts with an activity demonstrating Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, wave/particle duality, Planck's Constant, de Broglie wavelength, and how Newton's Laws go right out the window on a quantum level.

Two Dimensional Motion and Conservation of Energy
Mark Schmieisng
Lab investigating conservation of energy and projectile motion.

Investigating Motion - Graphing Speed
Linda Breckenridge Black Hawk Middle School Eagan, MN
This introduction to motion activity has students exploring speed and acceleration using a wheeled office chair and rope to pull a student a given distance and record the time. The results are graphed and different outcomes are predicted when variables are changed.

Metric Converstion at a Glance
Diane Nead
Metric Conversion at a Glance is an easy way to teach students how to convert one metric measurement into another without the use of fractions. It works for one, two and three dimensions length, area and volume.

The physics and engineering of a trebuchet
Brad Hubred, Little Falls Community Middle School, Little Falls, MN Some of the activities for this lesson are from the activity book called "Trebuchet's teacher's guide" by: Jennifer Fenske, published by: Pitsco, Inc. in 2006.
This activity is a hands on investigation in which students will construct, and launch a trebuchet.

Investigating Earth and Moon Surface: Impact Craters
Corliss Thomas
In this activity students use a simple model of the moon to do an experiment to see how impact craters are formed. The lesson worksheets are differentiated and students are put into pre-determined teams by ability to conduct the experiment.


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