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Science Objects are two hour learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Teachers can access any topic “on demand” from the Internet. Topics are based on the science literacy goals in the national standards (NSES, Science for All Americans, Benchmarks, and the Atlas of Scientific Literacy) and tied to state standards.
Each Science Object provides an understanding of the science content by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena and are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects utilize the five phases of inquiry-based learning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
- Explain the different configurations of atoms and molecules that are associated with different energy levels.
- Provide examples of chemical reactions that are initiated by energy from light and other electromagnetic radiation.
- Provide examples of chemical reactions that release large amounts of energy by losing heat and by emitting light.
- Provide examples of chemical reactions that require a continuous input of energy to continue.
- Explain how the rearrangement of atoms in chemical reactions explains the conservation of matter.