Students use online videos and photo galleries to conduct a virtual bolus dissection for the laysan albatross. They investigate how marine debris can be mistaken for food and harm marine organisms.
(August 2015) PRB’s World Population Data Sheet is an excellent reference and data analysis tool. Teachers are encouraged to have their students use the data sheet for a variety of topics and activities. The following are a series of short activities to provide access to the wealth of data on the world, regions, and individual countries.
Labs in the Classroom
There are many ways to bring NOVA Labs into your classroom, after school program, day camp, or other educational program. Every Lab presents a particular subject and allows teens to develop their own questions and investigations around that subject.
Each Lab includes an activity where you will explore a new data set and/or scientific phenomenon. While the challenges will varyâ€”some being more open-ended, others being more structured and game-likeâ€”they will all encourage users to conduct their own scientific analyses and investigations.
Each Lab comes with a collection of free videos that provide the background information that will help users succeed in the Lab’s research challenge. The concepts explored in these videos range from the basic to the more nuanced and complex. Together, they are intended to give users a solid foundation in the relevant scientific principles and an understanding of why each area of research matters.
Opportunities and Resources
For each Lab, we provide a list of related opportunities and career exploration resources relevant to teens. Teens will find internships, scholarship, science competitions, and other ways to stay involved in science on the â€œOpportunitiesâ€ page.
Community and Social Feed
In addition to making new content and data available and accessible, NOVA Labs provides an online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in which you can share, ask questions, or learn about recent observations or ideas that have come up in the various fields of research.
An Educator Guide
For each Lab, we provide additional ideas and materials for educators that are specific to that Lab and subject area.
Have you ever seen news coverage or other pictures of an oil spill in the ocean and wondered how all of that oil could be cleaned up? Oil spills can devastate wildlife by covering them with oil, and they can damage our precious water resources by contaminating them with oil. Part of the problem of dealing with oil spills is that the oil can be challenging to clean up. In this science project, you will test the absorptivity of different materials (called sorbents) to discover which ones are best at removing oil from water.
Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Science Friday offers free STEM activities, lessons, and resources for parents and educators.
Fermilab is committed to developing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce and stimulating science literacy. Laboratory programs serve students at all levels from prekindergarten to graduate school.
Fermilab’s Education Office supports programming for educators, families, young people and the general public. Our programs provide avenues for technical staff to engage these audiences with Fermilab’s science and technology. Themes include scientific discovery, practical applications, and scientific and engineering practices. Because the next generation STEM workforce is in school today, educator programs must strengthen teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our programs are a catalyst for change and a resource to schools and districts nationwide.
The Fermilab Education Office provides programming based on:
Audience interests and needs.
Laboratory resources: staff, facilities, experimental data and areas of expertise.
National, state and local initiatives and standards.
Educational research and best practice.
Cutting-edge ideas in science, education and teacher development.
By providing educational opportunities for all, our programs:
Promote a life-long interest in science.
Raise science literacy.
Encourage young people to consider careers in science.
The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (www.energy.gov) Fuel Cells Technology Office (FCTO) resources for students and educators, ranging from grade school through higher education.
The allure of universal physical constants is unmistakable. Membership in this set is reserved for only the most fundamental data in science. To the novice student, these entities often appear more metaphysical than physical; experimentally inaccessible abstractions, frequently confined by orders of magnitude to either the realm of the quantum (e.g. the electronic charge and Planck’s constant) or the cosmological (e.g., the speed of light and the universal gravitational constant). It was the intention, therefore, of the AP Chemistry class at our school to demystify one small component of the scientific data bank by designing and executing an experiment sensitive enough to determine, within acceptable accuracy, the value of one of nature’s theoretical building blocks, and simple enough to be conducted in a typical secondary school laboratory. The electronic charge was selected because of its ubiquitous application in chemistry and the elegance of the experimental system.
High School lesson. Students learn about solar energy and how to calculate the amount of solar energy available at a given location and time of day on Earth. The importance of determining incoming solar energy for soar devices is discussed.
These activities are designed to improve the sophistication of AP Environmental Science labs. They focus on advanced concepts and on the rigorous use of the scientific method in hypothesis testing.