As American students continue to lag in the hard sciences, concerns grow that the United States will no longer be on the cutting edges of science, technology, engineering and math. To bolster interest, President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair earlier this month.
Google is currently running its 2012 science fair and Old Dominion University is teaming up with WHRO to host The Great Computer Challenge for Hampton Roads students in grades K-12. The competition will be held at Old Dominion March 17, 2012 for grades 6-12 and April 28, 2012 for K-5.
A number of online resources are available for parents and students wishing to
- Electricity and magnetism challenge board game covering Virginia physical science SOL PS.11
- Magnetism battleship for PS.11
- Heat transfer patterns game based on PS.7
Teachers Pay Teachers offers a number of low cost and free resources including a 26 slide show covering light as a particle and a wave, refraction, reflection, absorption with includes scripture references.
- Middle school magnetism – a 27 slide presentation covering the basics of magnetism, electromagnets, applications, generators, motors and more. Graphics help concepts stick and embedded links to interactives will involve students and engage higher level thinking skills.
- More magnets and electricity – a 52 slide power point reviewing or introducing a unit on magnets and electricity with review questions and plenty of graphics help visual learners stay interested and make connections.
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