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Accuracy and Precision Lab (with measurement and density) part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lab exercise, students practice correctly using measurement tools, recording data, calculating density, using significant figures, and exploring the concepts of accuracy and precision.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Chemistry:General Chemistry, Physics:General Physics:Mathematical Physics, Measurement/Units, Mathematics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity

Testing alkalinity in water systems (simulation) part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This investigation is a laboratory activity in which the alkalinity of 2 types of substrates (carbonate vs. non-carbonate) are compared on the basis of titration. Students will reflect on the relationship of alkalinity and toxic heavy metals.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Visualizing Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The activity walks the students through the processes of Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Biology:Cell Biology:Cell Processes:Metabolism:Respiration, Photosynthesis
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Overnight Crystals to illustrate solubility concepts part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This quick-lab provides a concrete experience with crystal formation from saturated salt solutions that can help students make solubility problems more relevant to their experience.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Subject: , Chemistry:General Chemistry:Mixtures, Solutions, & Compounds
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Demonstration

What's Mu? part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a field investigation where students design an experiment to determine the coefficient of friction for two contacting surfaces.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Motion in Two Dimensions
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Inquiry Discussion of Simple Machines part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a guided inquiry discussion to introduce machines and to identify types of simple machines

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Work and Energy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Understanding HalfLife : Simulating the process of a radioactive material decaying according to the concept of a half-life. part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity, students will learn the concept of half-life of a radioactive material. Students will create and be able to recognize a graph representing the half-life of an imaginary radioactive element.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Chemistry, Physics:Modern Physics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Metric Converstion at a Glance part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
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.

Grade Level: Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity

Motion of a Mass on a Spring part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab where students make measurements of a mass on a spring and work through appropriate calculations dealing with simple harmonic motion.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Oscillations & Waves:Oscillations
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Rocket Lab part of MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is lab based competition. The students engineer a 2-litter rocket to have the maximum hang time. After the initial launch, the students are given an opportunity to re-engineer to produce a better time. The activity finishes with a lab write-up.

Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Projectile Motion
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

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