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  • Evolution
  • Forces
  • Structure of Matter
  • Astronomy
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Chemistry of Living Systems
  • Immune System
  • Density and Buoyancy
  • Human Impact
  • Thinking Like a Scientist
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Information and Technology
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • The Earth System
  • Heat and Thermodynamics
  • Erosion and Weathering
  • Chemistry
  • Cells
  • Motion
  • Plants
  • Circulatory System
  • Light
  • Genetics
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • The Ear and Sound
  • Earth and Life History
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Digestive System
  • Ecology
  • Engineering and Design
  • All Sample Articles
  • Diversity of Life

    organism, environment, environmental factors, characteristic
  • Don't Hate on the Trait

    genes, trait, heredity, variation
  • We're All Different

    inherit, mutation, genetic variation
  • Life is a Competition

    competition, Thomas Malthus, Principle of Populations, be suited
  • A Competitive Nature

    coexist, niche, advantage, environmental pressures
  • How do Living Things Change?

    genes, mutation, proteins, trait
  • The Story of Corn

    natural selection, teosinte, selective breeding, artificial selection
  • How to Build the Fastest Slide of All Time

    kinetic friction, static friction, lubricant
  • Kung Fu Vectors!

    force, magnitude, direction, vector
  • Friction: When Two Worlds Crash!

    friction, microscopic, rough, material
  • How to Bungee Jump Off a Bridge

    spring, elastic, compression, tension
  • Babysitting Rocks

    balanced, rest, net force, inertia
  • Keep it Moving

    unbalanced, equilibrium, constant velocity, acceleration
  • Why are Planets Round?

    gravity, sphere, planet, star
  • Spinning Inside a Soccer Ball

    centripetal force, acceleration, circular motion, orbit
  • Space Tug o’ War!

    mass, gravity, orbit, velocity
  • When a Meteor Hits Your Spaceship

    collision, transfer of energy, action, reaction
  • Matter Changes

    solid, liquid, gas, plasma
  • If You Were Made of LEGOs

    matter, mass, atom
  • Drawing an Atom

    nucleus, protons, electrons, neutrons
  • Loosening the Lid on a Pickle Jar of Atoms

    Rutherford, model (a representation), Bohr's model, orbital
  • Atom + Atom = ?

    atoms, compound, combine, molecule
  • Putting Away the World’s Blocks

    elements, property, physical property, chemical property
  • Solid!

    solid, lattice, repeating, pattern
  • Invisible Helpers

    carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen
  • Sit Still!

    Kinetic Theory of Matter, molecules, molecular motion, absolute zero, energy
  • It's Not Magic . . . It's Just a Phase

    phase, melting point, freezing point, boiling point
  • Gas - The Crazy Kids

    collide, independent, pressure, volume
  • Getting Molecules to Sit Down

    connected, vibrate, attract, repel
  • Waiting For Water

    attractive forces, fluid, condensation, flow
  • The Best or the Worst Gift?

    carbon dioxide gas, dry ice, graphite, diamond
  • Science Fiction or Science Fact?

    Jules Verne, Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells
  • Proving Invisible Things Exist

    atoms, microorganisms, magnetism
  • Floating in Space

    star, orbit, galaxy, solar system
  • Types of Galaxies

    galaxy, spiral, elliptical, irregular
  • The Milky Way

    Milky Way, star, rim, location
  • How Hot is Your Star?

    temperature, black-body radiation, Kelvin, surface temperature
  • Stars Live and Stars Die

    protostar, red giant, nebulae, white dwarf
  • How Far to the Next Star?

    meter, AU (astronomical unit), light year, interstellar
  • Star Power!

    energy output, joule, joules/sec, luminosity
  • Bouncing Light off the Moon

    reflect, phases of the moon, solar eclipse, generate
  • How to Start a Star

    born, gravity, compression, outward pressure
  • Ancient Astronomers

    telescope, astronomy, wanderers, constellation
  • Planets Don’t Make Circles

    elliptical, circular, orbit, rotation
  • Your Space Neighborhood

    solar system, rocky planets, asteroid belt, gas giants
  • Your Rocky Space Neighbors

    Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
  • Get to Know Your Gassy Space Neighbors

    Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus
  • Where do the Stars End?

    relative distance, intergalactic, universe
  • How to Catch a Space Rock (you can't)

    asteroid, comet, meteor, dwarf planet
  • The Trip Around the Sun

    period of revolution, tilt of axis, orbit
  • Other Earths

    Goldilocks zone, light years, ideal conditions
  • Inflating the Universe

    redshift, space-time, Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Nothing Lost, Nothing Gained

    chemical equation, reactant, product, chemical reaction
  • Make Something New!

    chemical reaction, compound, atom, conservation of mass
  • How to Make a Model Volcano

    baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, acetic acid, carbonic acid, unstable
  • Heat Going in or Heat Coming Out?

    endothermic, liberate, absorb, exothemic
  • If I Freeze or Boil You, You Won't Change?

    freezing, boiling, physical change, chemical reaction
  • Tearing Apart Water!

    acidic, neutral, basic, solution
  • Finding the Lost Pieces

    weight, mass, human error, gas
  • Instant Cold Packs!

    instant cold pack, ammonium nitrate, dissolve, endothermic
  • Making Plastic

    crude oil, polymer, polymerization, biodegradable
  • Carbon Based Life

    carbon, bond, carbon based life form, backbone
  • Opposites Attract

    ionic bond, cation, anion, electron
  • Carbon Atoms are Great Dance Partners

    covalent bond, valence electrons, electron shell, shared pair
  • Molecules for Life: You Need Sugar

    photosynthesis, stored energy, carbohydrate, sugar
  • Molecules for Life: Fats are Good?

    lipid, fatty acids, cell membrane, adipose tissue
  • Molecules for Life: What are Directions Made of?

    nucleic acid, DNA, genes, proteins
  • Building Ammonia

    nitrogen, hydrogen, Lewis Structure, pyramidal

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  • Archimedes’ Principle vs Lions and Crocodiles

    buoyant force, volume, displaced, Archimedes’ Principle
  • Invisible Push

    fluid, net force, upward, weight
  • Electricity for Electric Cars

    coal, power plant, emissions, alternative fuel
  • Bringing it Back

    renewal, biodiversity, erosion, water purification
  • Safety for Scientists

    beaker, scale, microscope, responsibility
  • The Motor Effect

    current, electromagnet, magnetic field, right-hand rule
  • Making a Magnet with Electricity

    core, coil, turn of wire
  • How Records Work

    waves, vibration, distortion, analog
  • The Digital Advantage

    waves, noise, binary, transistor
  • Reflex

    stimuli, sensory neuron, interneuron, motor neuron, reflex
  • What Do Lungs Do?

    oxygen, carbon dioxide, exchange, respiration
  • Water Doesn’t Just Fall From the Sky

    humidity, weather patterns, clouds, dew point
  • The Air Around You is REALLY Pushy

    atmospheric pressure, front, high pressure, low pressure
  • So Hot, it Moves

    convection, density, expand, contract
  • Water Everywhere!

    surface runoff, transpiration, groundwater, accumulation
  • Under Your Feet

    magma, asthenosphere, lithosphere, mantle
  • The Ground is Moving Right Now?

    plate tectonics, ridge, trench, subduction
  • See the Light

    electromagnetic spectrum, radiation, absorb, scatter
  • Light Hits All of Us Differently

    equator, orbit, axis, rotation
  • Rain or Shine?

    weather, climate, atmosphere, seasons
  • How to Mess Up Your Hair

    uneven heating, wind, Coriolis effect, convection
  • The Story of The Boat Full of Rubber Duckies

    surface ocean current, deep ocean current, global conveyer belt, gyres
  • Your Very Own Pet Water Drop

    water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation
  • Connect the Circles

    biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere
  • Energy in Different Clothes

    waves, heat energy, kinetic energy, potential energy
  • How Stuff Gets Hot

    caloric, heat flow, energy, transfer
  • Music is Energy You Feel With Your Ears

    matter, disturbance, vibrate, oscillate
  • Light That Heats

    photon, radiation, infrared, space
  • Feel the Burn

    consume, contained, released, fuel
  • Heat in Motion

    convection, fluids, convection current, density
  • Heat That Shakes

    conduction, insulator, collision, conductor
  • How Hot?

    temperature, alcohol thermometer, mercury, average kinetic energy
  • Break it and Move it

    weathering, erosion, water, wind
  • Breaking Rock Without Force

    chemical weathering, oxidation, hydrolysis, acidification
  • The Force it Takes to Break Rock

    mechanical weathering, force, ice wedging, salt wedging
  • Erosion

    transport, deposit, sediment, scree
  • Water vs Dirt

    rainfall, surface water, slope, topsoil
  • Wind vs Dirt

    sandpaper, dust storm, sandstorm, dunes, polish
  • Ice vs Rock

    freeze-thaw, glaciers, U-shaped valley, abrasion
  • Break Something, Build Something Else

    constructive, deconstructive, deposition, sedimentary rock
  • The Ocean Moves Stuff Too

    waves, ocean currents, hurricane, dredging
  • Sometimes Earth Just Can't Sit Still

    Catastrophic, Tsunami, Earthquake, Landslide
  • Earth: The Feature Presentation

    feature, landscape, topography
  • They All Fall Down

    creep, mass wasting, landslide, rockfall
  • The Shape a River Makes

    gorge, delta, alluvial fan, V-shaped valley
  • Taste

    salty, sweet, bitter, sour
  • BASE-ketball

    acid, base, pH scale, litmus test

    living, non-living, organism, cell
  • Let's See What You're Made of

    unicellular, multicellular, composed, microscopic
  • Different Kinds of Building Blocks

    plant cell, animal cell, similarities, characteristic
  • Things Get More Complicated When You're Older

    division of labor, stem cell, develop, differentiation
  • Keeping Us Alive

    balance, homeostasis, function, specialized
  • Little + Little = Bigger

    organized, tissues, organs, organ systems
  • The Language of the Cells

    chemical reactions, enzymes, synthesized, proteins
  • You Know You're a Plant if You...

    cell wall, chloroplast, large vacuole
  • Inside the Chloroplast

    chlorophyll, absorb, carbohydrate, pigments
  • Using the Sun's Energy

    chemical energy, sunlight energy, photosynthesis, chloroplasts
  • We Live off of Plant Waste?

    mitochondria, cellular respiration, glucose, break down
  • MOVE IT!

    motion, speed, distance, velocity
  • How Far is Far?

    units, expressed, meters, kilometers
  • MOVE FASTER (or slower OR turn...)

    acceleration, change in velocity, maintain, m/s2, meters per second squared
  • How Fast Are You Going?

    initial (speed), final (speed), instantaneous (speed), constant (speed)
  • Measuring Speed

    elapsed, time interval, distance interval, average speed, average speed=d/t
  • Falling From The Sky

    terminal velocity, drag, friction, free fall
  • Where Are You Going?

    reference point, position, in relation
  • V is for Vector

    vector, magnitude, value, direction
  • How to Make a Seed

    pistil, ovule, ovary, pollination syndrome
  • How To Make One Plant Into Many

    asexual reproduction, self pollination, gamete, generate
  • Different Kinds of Plants

    autotrophs, moss, algae, ferns
  • The Birds and the Bees

    fruiting, flowering, pollinator, pollinate
  • People and Plants

    ovary, ovule, sperm, pollen
  • Boy Plant Parts

    pollen, stamen, anther, filament
  • What Goes Into Photosynthesis?

    carbon dioxide, chlorophyll, photosynthesis, oxygen
  • Living Energy

    energy, capture, mitochondria, cellular respiration
  • What is a Red Blood Cell?

    red blood cell, oxygen, carbon dioxide, blood,
  • In The Blood

    red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma
  • We Get Around

    blood vessels, arteries, veins, capillaries
  • I Heart You

    atrium, ventricle, aorta, blood pressure
  • Things That Go Wrong With Circulation

    coronary circulation, heart attack, blood clot, stroke
  • Ride the Light Wave

    visible, properties, invisible, matter
  • Light, Pass It On

    transmit, absorb, refract, reflect
  • Why Matter Matters

    scattering, diffusion, opaque, transparent
  • Types of Light

    visible light, electromagnetic spectrum, frequency, range
  • The Mirror

    beam, angle, angle of incidence, critical angle
  • Refraction

    medium, index of refraction, prism, transparent
  • Take A Picture

    camera, video camera, photograph, impression
  • Beneath What We Can See

    microwaves, radio waves, infrared
  • Above What We Can See

    ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays
  • Afterimage

    afterimage, oversensitive, primary colors, detect
  • The Parts of a Wave

    trough, crest, amplitude, wavelength
  • Black Holes

    black hole, event horizon, collapse, supermassive
  • Your Eyes Are Beautiful

    rods, cones, retina, photosensitive ganglion cells
  • How Do I Look?

    nature, nurture, traits, environmental influences
  • Where Did I Come From?

    heredity, offspring, genes, instructions
  • Things That Show and Things That Don't

    alleles, inherited, dominant, recessive
  • Yellow + Blue = Green, But Genes Aren't That Simple

    blending theory, influence, genetic switches
  • Gregor Mendel

    gregor mendel, pea plants, punnett square, material
  • Genetic Disorders

    genetic disorders, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, Down Syndrome
  • DNA

    DNA, double helix, spiral , sequence
  • Cloning: We've Been Doing This Forever!

    cloning, nuclear transfer, GMO, ban
  • What Are Bones For?

    frame, protection, bone marrow, osteocyte
  • Connective Tissue

    connective tissue, cartilage, ligament, tendon
  • Messed Up Muscles

    strain, cramp, muscular dystrophy, atrophy
  • Broken Bones

    broken bone, calcium, scoliosis, osteoporosis
  • Making Mummies

    sodium, resin, CT scan, x-ray
  • They Work Together

    support, force, joint, contribute
  • The Outer Ear

    pinna, ear canal, auditory system, cartilage
  • Inner Ear

    semicircular canals, cochlea, organ of corti, auditory nerve
  • The Middle Ear

    eardrum, ossicles, transfer, pressure
  • Fossils

    fossil, fossilize, sediment, fossil record
  • Different Kinds of Fossils

    body fossil, trace fossil, mold fossil, cast fossil
  • Fossil Fuels

    fossil fuel, oil, coal, carbon dioxide
  • Evolution Explosion

    complexity, Cambrian Explosion, exoskeleton, endoskeleton
  • How to Study Earth

    geology, core sampling, sequence, layer
  • The End of the Dinosaurs

    climate change, catastrophe, meteor, mass extinction
  • Live, Laugh, Love

    anaerobic, aerobic, photosynthesis, oxygen
  • How to Start Life

    primordial soup, meteor impact, comet
  • Tic-Toc-Time

    geologic time, eon, era, period
  • How People Became People

    fossil record, bipedalism, extinction, diversity
  • Uh... What did you say...? The continents MOVE?

    Alfred Wegener, fit of the continents, continental drift, pangea
  • How Fast Do The Continents Move?

    plate tectonics, geologic time, lithospheric plates, supercontinent
  • How To Shake Like An Earthquake

    seismometer, epicenter, p wave, s wave
  • From Liquid Rock To Solid Earth

    volcano, distribution, ring of fire, fissure (mid-ocean ridges)
  • Heat Makes Things Move

    convection, current, density, fluid
  • Do All Volcanoes Go BOOM?

    cinder cone, shield, composite, eruption
  • Earth Soup

    crust, mantle, inner core, outer core
  • Moving Plates, Moving Furniture

    transform boundary, strike-slip, San Andreas fault, San Francisco earthquake
  • Land Factory

    divergent boundary, sea floor spreading, mid-ocean ridges, create
  • Buildings vs Earthquakes

    absorb, base isolators, flexibility, transmit
  • The Mouth

    digestion, saliva, enzymes, digestive system
  • What is Taste?

    taste buds, olfactory sense, papillae, microvilli
  • How to Get to the Stomach

    esophagus, windpipe, peristalsis, mucus
  • The Stomach aka How to Make All Food Look the Same

    acid, chyme, pyloric sphincter, churn
  • Small Intestine aka How to Soak up Food

    liver, pancreas, absorption, villi
  • Large Intestine aka the Dryer

    feces, removal, rectum, anus
  • Nutrients or Why We Can't Eat Pizza For Every Meal

    protein, lipids, carbohydrates, sugar
  • Stop Stealing My Nutrients!

    parasites, protozoa, tapeworm, symbiosis
  • The Sun Powers It All

    energy, sunlight, chemical energy, stored energy
  • Light Energy to Life Energy

    autotroph, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, transferred energy
  • Energy Pyramid

    producers, energy pyramid, consumer, energy loss
  • Webs Are Not Only For Spiders

    food web, balance, resources, food chain
  • What's For Dinner?

    herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, decomposer
  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    mutualism, parasitism, commensalism, symbiotic
  • What's Your Job?

    niche, role, competition, living space
  • Strength in Numbers

    organism, species, population, community
  • Nitrogen Cycle

    nitrogen, nitrogen cycle, fixation, bacteria
  • When All the Parts Come Together

    ecosystem, biotic, abiotic, habitat
  • Trade Off

    transfer, environment, cycle, matter
  • Hippopotamuses

    sunscreen, territorial, webbed hoof, sonar

Engineering and Design

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    living, non-living, organism, cell
  • Things That Go Wrong With Circulation

    coronary circulation, heart attack, blood clot, stroke
  • The Mirror

    beam, angle, angle of incidence, critical angle
  • Afterimage

    afterimage, oversensitive, primary colors, detect
  • Fossil Fuels

    fossil fuel, oil, coal, carbon dioxide
  • How To Shake Like An Earthquake

    seismometer, epicenter, p wave, s wave
  • How to Get to the Stomach

    esophagus, windpipe, peristalsis, mucus
  • Energy Pyramid

    producers, energy pyramid, consumer, energy loss
  • Can't We All Just Get Along?

    mutualism, parasitism, commensalism, symbiotic