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Dollar Daze

Students race to collect a dollar in change in this fast-paced game that teaches the value of coins.
Subjects: Math

Domino Effect

Use cassette tape cases or videotapes to create a device whose parts can topple like dominos, yet can be easily reset. This device models how nerve cells transmit signals through the body.
Subjects: Life Science

Down on the Farm  

Primary learners can sort animals into 2 categories in this activity: those found on a farm (domesticated) and those not found on a farm (wild).
Subjects: Life Science

Drop and Vial Lenses

Use drops and vials of water to create convex and concave surfaces. Make light rays move closer together (converge) or move apart (diverge).
Subjects: Physical Science, Life Science

Drop in a Little Bucket  

Could you hear a piece of paper if it was dropped into a cup? How small would the paper need to be for you to not hear it anymore? This quick and simple activity produces some amazing results!
Subjects: Physical Science, Life Science

Drops on a Penny

How many drops of water can you put on a penny before the water flows off? Make and test predictions to study the surprisingly strong surface tension of water.
Subjects: Physical Science

E Pluribus Unum

Students will quickly learn Roman numerals and modern equivalents by playing this fast-paced dice game.
Subjects: Math

Earphone in a Lid

Create a working earphone by combining cup lids, a magnet, and a coil of magnet wire. The activity can be done as a step-by-step assembly or as a design exploration. Attach to a sound source and hear music from a couple of cup lids!
Subjects: Physical Science

Easy Piecy Decimals

Picking a card, rolling a die, and tossing a coin are part of this fun activity for students to practice simple math operations, rounding, and estimating with decimals.
Subjects: Math

Egg Drop  

Students build a "vehicle" designed to prevent a dropped egg from breaking. In the process, they discover that combining simple materials with a little creative thinking and teamwork will reveal many ways to solve this intriguing challenge!
Subjects: Physical Science