Below you will find the activity resources for the RAFT publication Science and Math To Go.

Suggested Websites for additional information:

Activities Indexed Alphabetically


Activities Indexed by Subject Area


Earth Sciences

Geology:   

Ice Mountains
Plumbing the Depths
Topo To Go

   
Solar System:   

Race Around the Sun

   

Life Sciences

Anatomy:   

Squeeze and Sniff

   
Arthropods:   

Bugs on the Go

 
 
Botany:    Capillary Capers
Napkin Nursery
   

Physical Sciences

Electricity:   

Static Detector
Static on the Move

   
Light:   

Anamorphic Art

   
Magnetism:   

Magnetic Imager
Magnets Afloat

   
Matter:   

Condiment Diver
Spoon Scales
Stop the Drop

   
Motion:   

Cups A' swinging
Lunch Plate Launch Pad
Racing Cups
Swinging to the Beat

 

Math

Area/Scaling:   

Race Around the Sun
Shrinking Math

 

Arithmetic:   

Carnival Math
Pick a Stick

   
Geometry:   

Shape Skeletons

   
Graphing:   

Anamorphic Art

Literacy & Science

  

Ideas To Go

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Anamorphic Art

The following website has descriptions, with images, that explains the anamorphosis process. There is also a link for a free software download, for Windows, which will carry out several different anamorphic transformations on digital images: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/artofanamorphosis/what-is.html
Interesting illustrations of distorted images can be found at: http://www.anamorphosis.com/
Brief history of Anamorphic art, also with links to films dealing with its usage in history: http://www.illusionworks.com/mod/anamorph.htm

Bugs on the Go

Arthropods – www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/arthropoda/arthropoda.html
Insects and more; pictures and descriptions – www.insects.org
Insect information and resources – www.42explore.com/insects.htm

Capillary Capers

Capillary action information from the US Geological Survey website - http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/capillaryaction.html
Capillary action involved in trees receiving water: http://www.davidlnelson.md/Cazadero/Trees&CapillaryAction.htm
General information about water’s properties: http://www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/nature/prop/e_magic.htm

Carnival Math

Math Tools: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/
Other multiplication lessons: http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?id=U110
Internet Mathematics Library: http://mathforum.org/library/
Discussion items and other ideas with multiplication: http://www.libraryvideo.com/guides/v7089.pdf

Condiment Diver

Use the pull-down menu at Eric Muller’s Do Science website for other fun activities that use food and restaurant related items: http://www.doscience.com/act_archive/index.html
Little more on how it works, related to scuba diving: http://www.seed.slb.com/en/scictr/lab/diver/how.htm
Buoyancy Handout/How Ships Float:
http://www.sciencetechnologyaction.com/lessons/30/Imdo-lesson.pdf
Office of Naval Research, Archimedes Principle, and related to Submarines: http://www.onr.navy.mil/focus/blowballast/sub/work2.htm

Cups A'swinging

Exploratorium Resonant Pendulums - http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/coupled_resonant_pendlm/index.html

Ice Mountains

An amazing image of a meandering river and a related poem can be found at: http://www.ecology.info/article.aspx?cid=12&id=10
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/landforms/Meanders.asp
Animation of how a meander forms: http://www.wiley.com/college/strahler/0471480533/animations/ch17_animations/animation1.html
Pictures of Glacier Caves: http://www.goodearthgraphics.com/virtcave/ice_caves/glacier_caves.html

Ideas To Go

Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms:
http://www.sciencenotebooks.org/

Lunch Plate Launch Pad

Basic rocket guide: http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/education/rocket/bgmr.html

Magnetic Imager

Bar/solenoid: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/magnetic/elemag.html#c2
Below are simulations of the iron filing patterns around and between bar magnets:
    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/magneticlines/index.html
    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/electromag/java/magneticlines2/
Info about magnetic fields: http://www-spof.gsfc.nasa.gov/Education/wmfield.html

Magnets Afloat

http://www.exo.net/~pauld/activities/magnetism/Garden%20of%20Magnetsmini.html
Other lesson activities involving magnets:
http://www.iop.org/activity/outreach/Resources/Physicists_and_Primary_Schools_Project/Topics/Forces%20and%20Magnets/page_5860.html

Napkin Nursery

Newspaper version - http://jennylitchfield.wordpress.com/2007/02/13/my-garden-making-paper-pots-for-transplanting-seedlings
Seed germination (basic) - http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/vege004/vege004.htm
Seed germination - http://plantphys.info/seedg/seed.html
Other gardening classroom activities:
http://www.kidsgardening.org/growingideas/projects/library.html

Pick a Stick

Other math activities in an entertaining (game, puzzle, etc.) format -
http://www.geocities.com/enchantedforest/tower/1217/math3.html
http://phet.colorado.edu/new/simulations/sims.php?sim=Arithmetic

Plumbing the Depths

An Interactive Global Map of Sea Floor Topography Based on Satellite Altimetry & Ship Depth Soundings http://ibis.grdl.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/bathy/bathD.pl
Bathymetry of Lake Tahoe, CA - http://tahoe.usgs.gov/bath.html
Bathymetry of Crater Lake, OR -
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/pacmaps/cl-index.html and http://oregonexplorer.info/craterlake/bathymetry.html

Race Around the Sun

Chart of planet locations for the first of each month -
http://planetarium.wvu.edu/heliocentric
Online plot and planetary data for current day - http://observatory.tamu.edu:8080/SSP
For Solar System information see: www.jpl.nasa.gov/solar_system/index.cfm
Interactive Astronomy -
http://library.thinkquest.org/04apr/00533/Text-Only/orbit.htm
Animated model of the inner planets - http://www.astro.umass.edu/courseware/java/planets/planets.html
Planets’ rotation period and day length - http://cseligman.com/text/sky/rotationvsday.htm
Solar System Live - displays the location of the planets - http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Solar
See RAFT Idea Sheet Solar System in the Round  http://www.raft.net/ideas/Solar%20System%20in%20the%20Round.pdf

Racing Cups

Information on energy and energy transformation - http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/science/formsofenergy.html
Conservation of energy simulation -
http://phet.colorado.edu/new/simulations/sims.php?sim=Energy_Skate_Park

Examples of levers all around us, and three classes of levers, using cartoons:
http://www.planet-science.com/under11s/levers/index.html
Simple follow-up description on levers at Lego Education: http://www.legoeducation.com/content/item.aspx?Ca
tegoryID=98&ap=1&art=15

Shape Skeletons

Detailed descriptions of 3-dimentional shapes (including formulas), along with links to paper model plans, can be found at “Sacred Geometry” http://www.geometrycode.com/sg/polyhedra.shtml

Shrinking Math

Information and lesson plans about plastics:
http://www.handsonplastics.com

Spoon Scales

Measuring mass in space:
http://www-istp.gsfc.nasa.gov/stargaze/Smass.htm

Squeeze and Sniff

For interesting information on scent-related topics such as perfumes, food flavors, and foot stink, search on "smell" at the How Stuff Works website at http://health.howstuffworks.com/smell.htm

Static Detector

Basic background information on static electricity - http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html
Other activities involving static electricity: http://www.mos.org/sln/toe/staticmenu.html

Static on the Move

Basic background information on static electricity - http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static.html
Benjamin Franklin and his electric motor - http://www.todaysengineer.org/2002/Aug/heritage.asp
Franklin’s experiments and adaptations - http://www.tufts.edu/as/wright_center/personal_pages/bob_m/

Stop the Drop

Surface tension-http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/surten.html
and http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles/sticky_water.html

Swinging to the Beat

Pendulum history and use -
http://galileo.rice.edu/sci/instruments/pendulum.html#2

Topo To Go

Information about Mt. St. Helens - http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/
Crater Lake National Park website- http://www.nps.gov/crla/
Bathymetry of Crater Lake, OR -
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/pacmaps/cl-index.html and http://oregonexplorer.info/craterlake/bathymetry.html

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