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



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