Category Archives: physics

Video: Dropping a Bowling Ball and Feathers in a Vacuum Chamber

I know a lot of you have already seen this BBC video with Brian Cox dropping a bowling ball and feathers in a huge vacuum chamber, but it is such a quality video and demonstration that I had to share it.

What Does Sound Look Like? Video

The Next Generation Science Standards have a clear and intentional focus on waves as a disciplinary core idea K-12. This is content that may be new for some of us and may be lacking in our science instructional materials. As we start to cobble together resources here is an interesting short video clip that helps learners to visualize sound waves… it’s pretty cool!

Click HERE if you cannot see the embedded video below.


Einstein Archives Online

Einstein Archives Online provides digitized manuscripts of thousands (eventually 80,000) of Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific writings. An extensive collection and resource of primary documents for anyone researching the life of one of our most important thinkers and scientists. Enjoy!

Science in the Classroom

Science in the Classroom from AAAS collects a variety of annotated research papers and provides teaching materials to help students better understand the structure and purpose of scientific papers. You can currently find one chemistry article and two biology articles- I’m assuming more resources will be coming soon.

Seems like an excellent resource for high school science teachers- these also provide nice resources for the Common Core State Standards focus on research and complex text.

Veritasium: Another Video on Temperature Misconceptions

Veritasium just posted another video (Misconceptions about Temperature) of interviews that uncover misconceptions about temperature of different objects/materials. This could be a perfect companion piece to a previous Veritasium clip on temperature (see a previous post HERE).

These clips could be used to uncover your middle school or high school students’ ideas about temperature, heat transfer, and properties of materials before, during, or after instruction.

Physics of the High Jump- Veritasium

The latest video from Veritasium with an Olympics tie in.

Science of the Summer Olympics- NBC Learn

NBC Learn has partnered with the National Science Foundation to bring us Science of the Summer Olympics. This site focuses on the technology and engineering that supports athletes in increasing their performance. 10 videos will be posted over the course of the Olympics and videos include: Designing a Fast Pool, Missy Franklin and Fluid Dynamics, Engineering for Mobility, and others. The video stream from the NBC Learn site. NSTA will be posting lesson plans to accompany the videos. These were not easy to find… you will want to follow the NSTA Blog to see lesson plans- see the lesson plans for the Missy Franklin video HERE.

Colbert and Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Not sure how I missed this.. but here is a video of Stephen Colbert interviewing Neil DeGrasse Tyson back in 2010. This is over an hour but completely worth watching.

NOVA: Hunting the Elements

The NOVA mini-series, Hunting the Elements is a fabulous excursion into the story behind matter. The site provides:

If you have an iPad, I highly recommend the FREE Hunting the Elements app.. you won’t be disappointed.

Watch the 2 hour Hunting the Elements on YouTube or embedded below;

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits is project from the University of St. Thomas that provides lessons, materials, and video instructions for using salt dough and sugar dough to create parts of electric circuits. These materials seem like they would be appropriate for elementary circuit kits all the way up to high school and college electrical engineering courses.

My favorite part of this site is the inclusion of several clear and concise video clips that support a teacher in using the materials.. good stuff.

See the embedded TED Talk below where AnneMarie Thomas describes the circuits.