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    NASA
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    In this activity, learners are introduced to challenges of maintaining temperatures while living in space. Thinking and acting like scientists and engineers, learners experiment to learn how to...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 14 - 18 1 to 7 days
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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
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    Learners work in teams to design and build solar water heating devices that mimic those used in residences to capture energy in the form of solar radiation and convert it to thermal energy. This...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 14 - 18 1 to 7 days
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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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    Learners set up three different bowls, each with a different mass of oatmeal. Learners monitor the temperature of the oatmeal and find that larger masses take longer to cool. Use this activity to...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    Colorado State University
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    In this activity, learners simulate the energy transfer between the earth and space by using the light from a desk lamp to warm up a world map placemat. The placemat will warm up, so it will emit...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    Colorado State University
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    Use this hands-on activity to demonstrate infrared and thermal radiation. Learners will cover their eyes or wear blindfolds and then move their hands to sense the infrared heat coming from a...

    free Ages 8 - 14 Under 5 minutes
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    PhET
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    In this online activity, learners use a realistic mass and spring laboratory. They hang masses from springs and adjust the spring stiffness and damping. Learners can even slow time and transport...

    free Ages 8 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Colorado State University
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    This demonstration/activity helps learners understand why higher elevations are not always warm simply because "hot air rises." Learners use a tire pump to increase the pressure and...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    The Exploratorium
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    When baseball was in its infancy, the ball had plenty of bounce. Today's baseball may not seem to have bounce to it at all; if you drop a ball on the field it won't bounce back. This...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    The Need Project
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    In this activity, learners determine whether thermal energy can be used for work. Learners put a balloon on a bottle and observe what happens when they put the bottle in hot water and then in ice...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Colorado State University
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    In this activity, learners explore how air warms when it condenses water vapor or makes clouds. To see this in action, learners use their hands and breath to examine how evaporation cools things...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 18 5 to 10 minutes

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