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.
- Provide examples of energy transfer by light (such as tanning, light warming a surface, solar cells, etc.)
- Describe the characteristics of transverse waves and explain how waves transfer energy from place to place.
- Describe the relationship between the wavelength and frequency of light waves.
- Explain how electromagnetic waves are produced either in nature or by humans.
- Identify the various parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and place them in order of increasing or decreasing wavelength.
- Determine the behavior of two light waves that interfere with one another.