Grades 6-8

A Beach Walk in New Mexico

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

A Beach Walk in New Mexico

While planting strawberries in her backyard, this freshman from New Mexico discovered a fossilized seashell. Follow along as she searches for evidence of her state's watery past.

Train of Thought

Train of Thought

Take your imagination on a wonderful, mind-bending trip with these "thought experiments" worthy of Einstein himself. With this train, it truly is all about the journey.

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What Is Tradition? Vietnam

Altars decorated to welcome ancestors home for the New Year, a Mid-Autumn Festival where kids parade through their neighborhoods in masks and receive toys ... take a look at Vietnamese traditions, past and present.

Witnessing the Effects of Length Contraction

Activity

Witnessing the Effects of Length Contraction

When does a 12-inch ruler look shorter than it really is? When it's fast on the move. In fact, at the speed of light, it would shrink to nothing. See length contraction for yourself ... at a safe speed.

Fusion Simulation

Hands-on Activity

Fusion Simulation

Confused about fusion? You won't be once you've completed this experiment, which demonstrates how a strong nuclear force can fuse two protons that naturally repel each other.

How the Sun Works

Activity

How the Sun Works

Talk about a long-term power source. For billions and billions of years, the Sun has been giving off energy that equals 4 x 1026 watts. What keeps the Sun burning so bright?

Classroom Activity

Weightlessness on Earth?

Who said daydreams are a waste of time? One of Einstein's flights of fancy led to the equivalence principle—the knowledge that while an object is in free fall, it's free of gravity's effects.

Einstein Web List

Curriculum Materials

Einstein Web List

Where to begin when a Web search turns up millions of sites about Einstein? Let us point you to some of the best—from Time's person of the century profile to a black hole animation.

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