Ideas For Use
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.
Force and Motion: Position and Motion
- Identify the position of one object relative to the position of another object by providing the approximate distance and angles between the objects, the angles being measured from some reference line.
- Define the concepts of speed and velocity.
- Determine the average speed of an object given necessary information.
- Describe, draw, or otherwise detail the velocity of an object given magnitude and direction.
- Define acceleration.
- Recognize examples of acceleration and provide examples of acceleration.
- Distinguish between constant and changing motion.
- Distinguish increasing speed from increasing acceleration.
- Recognize that the state of rest is a state of zero speed (rather than as something fundamentally different than motion).