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  • Infographic - Rock Candy for Rookies: A Beginner’s Guide to the Sweet Stuff Science can be as sweet as candy. Take a fun approach to studying solutions and dissolution by growing your own rock candy. Chemistry never tasted so good. View »
  • Keep Calm and Chemistry On: Tips for the New Chemistry Teacher Learn fresh ways to create interest in your chemistry lab. These easy, engaging, and safe activities are sure to produce a reaction from your students. Designed for the new teacher, but the experienced can find something useful, too. View »
  • Making Audio Speakers from Household Materials Your students enjoy listening to their favorite play lists on MP3 players and cell phones. With this engaging inquiry activity, now they can understand how their headphones or speakers create the sounds they love. They will make speakers from ordinary household materials and, in the process, discover the science of how speakers create sound. View »
  • What Makes You Shine? Your students will love making light-up name badges and sharing something special about themselves with this activity. Perfect as both an icebreaker and introduction to simple circuits, it’s one for the win. View »
  • Cooking Eggs with Chemicals Introduce high school biology and chemistry students to the concept of denatured proteins with this inexpensive, fun demonstration. View »
  • What's the Weakest Link? Helping AP® Chemistry Students Ask the Right Questions AP® Chemistry: What’s the weakest link? Or play the chemistry dating game: Will they hook up or break up? Students develop an analysis plan for identifying bond types. Use our featured kit as a starting point for independent student research. See a sample student question sheet from this kit’s activities. View »
  • Rock Candy: An Edible Study of Crystallization Making rock candy is a safe way to introduce students to solutions and crystal growth—and you can make it a tasty treat at the same time! This activity, which can be done at home using only 2 ingredients, helps students visualize how a supersaturated solution grows the extra-large crystals of sucrose needed to make rock candy. View »
  • Build the Fastest Car in the World...that Goes Roughly 0.1 m/s The inclined plane can be used to explore a variety of fundamental concepts, including static and kinetic friction, dynamic equilibrium, unbalanced forces, and the work-energy theorem. In this experiment, your students design a car using the Visual Scientifics system and a smartphone. View »
  • Mole Day (October 23) Celebration! Happy Mole Day. It’s party time! Keep reading and we’ll give you all kinds of ways to commemorate the big day. View »
  • Need for Speed Here are some hands-on activities using the enzymes catalase and amylase that can help students understand enzyme function and grab their attention, too. View »
  • Laser Music Use this activity to illustrate the roles that components play in encoding and decoding information and transforming energy from one form to another. View »
  • Can Crusher Amaze your students by crushing an aluminum beverage can without striking a single blow. During the demonstration, explain how air pressure crushes the can and discuss the use of terms associated with atmospheric pressure. View »