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    Learners shine the light of a laser pointer through sheets of fabric that all have a different number of threads per inch. By looking at the patterns created, learners calculate the wavelength of...

    Ages 11 - 14
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    Learners experiment to see which colors of light will cause a phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) material to glow. Different colors of light have different wavelengths, and different amounts of...

    Ages 11 - 14
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    Learners use compasses to detect the magnetic field created by current moving through a wire. This is one of four activities learners can complete related to PhysicsQuest 2008. Each activity gives...

    Ages 11 - 18
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    In this simple demonstration, learners investigate the properties of air pressure. Learners place an index card on top of a glass full of water, then invert the glass. The surface tension of the...

    Ages 8 - 14
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    Learners use the current flowing in a wire to create a magnetic field that turns a magnet. Learners can use this property of electromagnetism to build a magnet-powered pinwheel. This is one of four...

    Ages 11 - 18
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    In this simple activity, learners investigate refraction by placing a picture of an arrow behind a glass of water. Learners may be surprised when a left-pointing arrow is reversed when viewed...

    Ages 8 - 14
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    Learners experiment with water gel crystals, or sodium polyacrylate crystals, which absorb hundreds of times their weight in water. When in pure water, the water gel crystals cannot be seen....

    Ages 11 - 18
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    Learners examine what happens when a tube spins in two directions at once. They push on a cardboard tube causing it to spin along its length while at the same time turning from end-to-end. Markings...

    Ages 11 - 14
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    On an airplane trip, learners have an opportunity to investigate the properties of air pressure at different altitudes. When the plane is at cruising altitude, learners open and cap a empty...

    Ages 6 - 14
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    Learners build a pendulum from a yo-yo, and then design their own experiment to determine what affects the pendulum's period of swing. They can alter the mass of the yo-yo by adding play dough...

    Ages 11 - 14

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