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Metamorphosis

The butterfly begins life as an egg, emerges as a caterpillar, and then undergoes a complete change in body form during development.

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Curriculum Materials

Plant Ecology

Go beyond the basics of field study—use math and science skills and dig in the dirt! Students learn how to count plants as part of a study of local biodiversity and  calculating biodiversity indexes. 

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Curriculum Materials

Detecting UV Light

You can't see the Sun's ultraviolet rays with your eyes—you just see their results on your freckled, tanned, or sunburned skin. Build a bracelet that immediately detects these invisible rays.

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Curriculum Materials

White Light and Colored Light

When does mixing every color under the rainbow create pure white rather than a murky brown or black? When light, not paint, is the medium—and you're subtracting, not adding, color.

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Curriculum Materials

What Teeth Tell Us

Are those sharp, pointy dinosaur teeth all the better to eat you with? Or are they designed for tough vegetation? Examine dinosaur teeth as a paleontologist would.

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Curriculum Materials

Telescopes: Super Views from Space

It probably comes as no surprise that telescopes do a better job of collecting light and observing outer space than your eyes. But do you know why? (Hint: the answer is NOT magnification!)

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Evolution

Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.

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Curriculum Materials

What is a Dinosaur

It's not what they ate or when they lived that distinguishes dinosaurs from other reptiles. It's the hole in their hip socket. Find out how this feature affected the way dinosaurs walk.

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