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Science and Technology

 

This section shows connections between the natural world (science) and the designed world (technology). Technology allows us to develop abilities to identify problems, design solutions, and evaluate the solutions.

Be sure to look at the different set of resources listed at the Student/Learner webpage for this topic.

Screen shot from siteAeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and Research (ALLSTAR)
This comprehensive site, funded by NASA and its Learning Technologies Project, explores the history, principles and career options in aeronautics. The experiments are presented in three levels:

Level 1 - Intended primarily for middle / junior high school students.

Level 2 - Intended primarily for junior high/ high school students.

Level 3 - Intended primarily for high school/ lower division college students

The site uses the latest technologies on the Internet, so it will be necessary to install plug-ins on your browser. The activities themselves, however, require very simple, inexpensive materials for the most part.

Screen shot from siteBeginner’s Guide to Model Rockets
The Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets will show you the basic math and physics which govern the design and flight of model rockets. The Teacher’s Guide for Rocketry has a number of great projects for classroom use. Make a balloon rocket or a rocket car, while investigating Sir Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.

 

Screen shot from siteScanning Electron Microscope
The Boston Museum of Science created this website, with its explanation of the workings of the Scanning Electron Microscope. The Image Gallery has sample SEM images of things from plants, animals, and artificial substances. There is a also selection of photos; one is asked to identify the subjects, and it is fascinating.

Screen shot from siteStructures around the World
This Science Learning Network project is a unit of activities designed for elementary classrooms, but many of the activities are quite appropriate for adult learners. The website contains eight of the 36 activities in the publication "The Exploratorium’s Guide to Scale and Structure". There is a complete teachers’ guide with each activity.

Screen shot from siteTransistorized!
Learn about the development of the transistor, considered to be one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.  This website has a timeline, a glossary, and sections about the history of the transistor and the science of the transistor.

To submit ideas and resources for this section, please contact Susan Cowles.