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Science Discovery Databases
PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science
Everything you need to know about earth systems, ecosystems, weather, space and more. Includes articles, videos, text-to-speech, interactive games and activities, resource lists and lesson plans.
Science in Context
For students in Gr. 6+, this database provides articles, images, video, and audio on topics including: biology, chemistry, earth & environmental science, general science, health & medicine, math, engineering, technology, physics and astronomy, as well as scientist biographies. Teacher lesson plans and ON curriculum correlations are also available.
Core Concepts Chemistry
For students Gr. 7-12, this database offers videos, photos, images, articles, activities, & lesson plans for majority of core topics covered in Chemistry. These include: atoms/molecules, elements & the periodic table, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and the properties of matter. Biographies of key scientists also take learners behind the discoveries that have transformed chemistry.
Core Concepts Biology
For students Gr. 6 +, this database contains interactive activities, timelines, and science experiments in the areas of animal systems, the human body/health & diseases, cell biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, microbes, plant structures, reproduction, scientist biographies, and planet Earth. Images, maps, video, audio, and teacher lesson plan resources are available.
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Descriptions and diagrams on;
- 1st class levers
- 2nd class levers
- 3rd class levers
Give you a description about pulleys with diagrams. As well as related articles.
- How car engines work
- How diesel engines work
- How does a catapult work
- How tower cranes work
- How hydraulic machines work
If you’ve ever walked up a ramp, then you’re familiar with one of the simple machines that people have used for thousands of years — the inclined plane! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain the physics behind how inclined planes work. You’ll discover why you can see them in lots of places — in ramps, doorstops, axles, and even in screws! And you’ll learn how inclined planes decrease the amount of effort you need to expend to move something. It’s a simple physical concept, but it’s an important one too — watch our movie and learn all about it!
Science of Cycling
What is the Science of Cycling? Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Science of Hockey
The Science of Hockey is the first in a series of "Sports Science" resources developed by the Exploratorium. This site takes you inside the game: you'll hear from NHL players and coaches from the San Jose Sharks, as well as leading physicists and chemists. This site is divided into seven main sections which can be accessed individually, although we recommend you start with "The Ice." The control bar below appears on the top of each page. In addition, there is a bottom control panel which allows you to navigate through the site and return to this page. We hope you enjoy the Science of Hockey.
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Work, Engery, Power
Below you will find a selection of books that may be found in your learning commons. Be sure to visit your Learning Commons Informationist (LCI) to locate these books, or other similar titles in print or electronic form.
Suggested search terms
inclined plane, levers, pulleys, simple machines, wedge
Lever, Screw, and Inclined Plane by How simple machines work and how they help us live our lives. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.
Publication Date: 2006-09-12
Simple Machines by This amazing book utilizes real-size photographs to teach young learners about simple machines.nbsp; Instead of explaining in words alone how machines look and function, this book conveys information about scale, proportion, and use with accurately-sized photographs. Simple, leveled text helps readers access this information and build vocabulary.
Publication Date: 2013-07-01
Explore Simple Machines! by From zippers to the Pyramids, rolling pins to catapults, we are surrounded by simple machines. This book will amaze kids with the ingenuity they already possess and inspire them to look differently at the objects they use everyday. Explore Simple Machines! With 25 Great Projects introduces kids to the concept of mechanical advantage,” and harnesses kid-power by inviting them to build machines of their own design. It opens their eyes to the diversity of machines in their lives, and sparks the imagination with challenge, humor, and achievable projects. Explore Simple Machines! dedicates a chapter to each of the six simple machines that were identified centuries ago: levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, wedges, and wheels & axles. Kids will develop analytical skills as they figure out where force is applied and what kind of work it generates.
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
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