The Siemens Science Day website offers a variety of tools and resources to help students learn science while having fun. You’ll find new, original hands-on activities and supporting videos, a teacher support center with best practice guides, monthly themes and an Ultimate Cool School sweepstakes.
The website just launched 10 new interactive activities that address Next Generation Science Standards. Below is a brief overview of those activities.
|The Mystery Forces||In this activity, students will learn that objects do not always have to be touching to exert a force on each other. They will investigate electric, magnetic and gravitational forces and recognize that these types of forces between a pair of objects do not require that the objects should be in contact.|
|Wind-Up Winners||In this activity, students will investigate the motion of wind-up toys. Students will determine a method to measure the distance each toy travels in a measured amount of time. Speed will be quantified for multiple toys and students will predice which toy would win a race. Then the class will race the wind-up toys to test their predictions!|
|I Don’t Need You Soil||In this activity, students learn that plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water rather than from soil. Students learn about hydroponic gardening and how plants do not necessarily need soil to grow. During this activity students conduct an experiment investigation to determine if plants grow best using only sunlight and water, or if soil somehow plays a positive role in their growth and development.|
|A Raindrop Roadtrip||In this activity, students will “become” water droplets and travel among the different storages of water. Students will roll a die to determine which station in the classroom they will go to: the atmosphere, ocean, forest, or glaciers. They must answer a question correctly to roll the die again and continue to another storage in the water cycle. As students journey around the water cycle, they will keep track of their travels and also name the process that allows them to travel from one water storage to another.|
|The New Kid on the Block||In this activity, students will learn how non-native species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. Students will use the web to explore various examples of invasive non-native plants and animals being introduced into an ecosystem. Some examples include Kudzu, Cane Toads, and Zebra Mussels. Students will also look at the impact invasive species have on humans as well as ecosystems.|
|In the Shadows||In this activity, students will use shadows to demonstrate that Earth is moving, not the sun. Students will use information collected from measuring their shadows and apply it to a globe to explain relationships with the sun and Earth.|
|Sail Away||In this activity, students will use classroom materials and wind energy to build and power a sailboard. Students will evaluate which material properties enabled boats to go the furthest using wind energy.|
|Seed Dispersal||In this activity, students will investigate the variety of ways plants can disperse their seeds, or the fruits containing the seeds. Students will predict how different plants disperse their seeds using samples or images. Then, small groups will each be given different types of seeds so they may demonstrate how they are dispersed using classroom materials.|
|Cause and Effect on Land||Students will examine how the Earth’s land surface is affected by water in its different forms. They will describe how structures such as dams help to protect the Earth’s surface. They will compare how dams made of different materials can vary in their function and effectiveness.|
|Habitat to Habitat||Students will learn that plants and animals have common needs. Students will assemble both a plant habitat and worm habitat in order to develop an understanding of common needs. Students will make comparisons of the plant and animal habitat and discuss ways animals funcion in an ecosystem.|
Additionally, each month there is a new theme and resources that coincide with the theme. Check out February’s theme, “How’s The Weather“.
If you’re looking for more free resources and the chance to win other grants and prizes, take a peek at my previous post, Calling Teachers and Students: 10 Ways to Win for You and Your School.