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  • Electromagnets

    Book Chapter | May 2009

    In this investigation, students will construct electromagnets and test to see which variables make them stronger. Although elementary and middle school teachers are expected to have done this activity with their classes…

  • Electromagnetic Induction

    Book Chapter | September 2014

    Electromagnetic induction is the basis for producing energy in our society. This phenomenon is used in wind generators, hydroelectric generators, and nuclear power plants, as well as in metal detectors, induction brakes…

  • Atomic Structure and Electromagnetic Radiation

    Book Chapter | November 2014

    The purpose of this lab is for students to apply what they know about atomic structure to determine ”What Are the Identities of the Unknown Powders?” In this activity, students will learn about the importance of…

  • How Can You Make an Electromagnet?

    Book Chapter | March 2014

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about electromagnets. It is designed to reveal where students think the magnetic effect comes from when wire is wrapped around a nail to make a magnet.…

  • Screening My Calls: Scale and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Book Chapter | April 2009

    Light is just one type of electromagnetic radiation; it belongs to the visible portion of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. The other regions of the EM spectrum include everything from gamma rays to radio waves. They…

  • Does the Type of Wire Make a Difference in an Electromagnet?

    Book Chapter | March 2014

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about electromagnets. The probe is designed to reveal whether students recognize that an electromagnetic effect can pass through an insulated wire. This…

  • How Can You Make a Stronger Electromagnet?

    Book Chapter | March 2014

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about electromagnets. It is designed to reveal what variables students think affect the strength of an electromagnet. This probe is best used with middle…

  • Electromagnetic Induction

    Journal Article | October 2013

    An inquiry investigation about electromagnetism helps students understand and use scientific and engineering practices.

  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Journal Article | October 2003

    Student activities illustrate the importance of light and color in space exploration. By exploring the electromagnetic spectrum with powerful and specialized telescopes, scientists can tackle some of the most…

  • Teaching Electromagnetic Waves Used in Communication Technologies

    Journal Article | October 2014

    Use this set of lessons to explore how electromagnetic waves make modern communication technology possible.

  • Science 101: What Causes Electromagnetic Induction?

    Journal Article | October 2013

    This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. In this month’s issue the author discusses electromagnetic induction.

  • Focus on Physics: Electromagnetic Waves and the Speed of Light

    Journal Article | February 2018

    This column helps teachers build an understanding of physical principles. This issue covers electromagnetic waves.

  • Charging Ahead: An Introduction to Electromagnetism (e-Book)

    eBook | January 2001

    Charging Ahead: An Introduction to Electromagnetism is a set of hands-on activities designed to help teachers introduce middle and high school students to electromagnetism, one of the most fascinating and life changing…

  • Science 101: Can Electromagnetic Waves Affect Emotions?

    Journal Article | September 2017

    This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month’s issue discusses electromagnetic waves.

  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Using Light and Color to Search for Astronomical Origins

    Journal Article | May 2003

    Using telescopes in space and on the ground for innovative research, NASA’s Astronomical Search for Origins program explores the universe at a variety of wavelengths. To help communicate the results of the Origins…

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