The attached links are the property of James P. Riser and may be utilized by science teachers and students around the country. This restriction applies.... none of these activities are to be utilized by anyone other than the author as part of a presentation at a conference, convention, training session, etc.
Below are links to web pages for several original experimental web based science activities that I have designed to excite students about science. There is a "teacher only" page with most activities to explain things to the teacher and "student pages" as needed. If desired, these pages might be printed out for reference or used directly off the web. A few web pages are non-science; but could be useful to other teachers. Descriptions of the activities are given with the links. These activities reflect my desire to make optimum use of limited resources and my feeling that all students do not need to be doing the same thing at the same time. It is my feeling that technology is not being properly utilized in most schools. These activities are examples of how I feel technology could be better used in education.
Tin Can Speakers - Middle School students do like to listen to their music. Take advantage of this interest to study magnetism, electricity, and sound as students make, test, modify, retest, and compare their own speakers made from a tin can.
Young Edison - In this activity students make their own incandescant light bulbs and try to determine what filament will create the best light bulb.
Seasons - Students gather information from the Web and design their own experiment using simple materials found in any science lab to evaluate two theories for the causes of the seasons. I have even included a sample of the work of one of my 8th grade research teams so that you will know what can be done with this activity.
Stealth - This is the full version of my acclained Stealth Activity in which student research teams design and build models which are invisible to a sensitive sonic probe.
Free Fall - Students compare QuickTime movies with hands on lab results to duplicate and compare animated and real events.
Under Ground Water Flow - This is an experiment in utilizing Macintosh animation software to present inquiry lessons to my students.
Gravitation - This activity is an attempt to utilize a shareware Macintosh simulation program to help teach my students about systems dynamics.
Seismic - My goal with this activity is to have students examine common seismic related theories for scientific accuracy by utilizing the world wide web as a science resource.
Solar - My goal with this activity is to have students examine common solar related theories for scientific accuracy by utilizing the world wide web as a science resource.
Bridges - This is a bridge resource for those studying bridge construction in their classes.
Ancient Egypt - This is a collection of links to various sources for those studying Ancient Egypt in their classes.
NIH Image note sheet - This is a note sheet for students to use when working with NIH Image.
Pulley Systems - In this lab activity students attempt to identify a pattern which can be used to predict Mechanical Advantage.
Sea Turtle Movement - In this research project students attempt to identify a pattern which can be used to predict the movement of sea turtles.
Home Made Microscope - This link illustrates three types of easy to make microscopes. The third type with a liquid lens includes a lab activity.
Expansion and Contraction Rates - This simple lab activity was designed to acquaint students with the concept of "rate".
Mineral Identification Using a Database - In this activity students create and use a database for identifying minerals supplied by the instructor.
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