The Science on Wheels Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Modules

The shows are designed to be consistement with the North Carolina Course of Study and the National Standard for Science Education. As much as possible we map the activities within a given show with these two standards (National Scienc Content Standard). We also made a deliberate effort to guage the activities with other activities around the country. A wealth of information is given for the teacher and the students to further their understanding the concepts of the activities. In the following few paragraph, we summarize the contents of each activity.



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List of Lessons and handson activities


[Angular Momentum][Balling Ball Pendulum][Cathode Ray Tube][Gyroscope][Holograms][Magdeburg Hemispheres]
[Parabolic Mirrors][Pendulum][Polarization][See-Saws][UVFuore scence][ Virtual Images][ Wave Interference]
 

The following are adopted from


 

[Newton's Laws][Banana hammer][Bernoulli Ball][.Charges and interactions][Liquid Nitrogen and Balloons][Plasma Ball][Prisim][Racquet Ball] [Soap Suds Explosion][Sound Waves: Sound][Van de Graaff: Electricity][Vortex Generator]

Action-Reaction: Newton’s Laws


Materials:, Long Balloon, blown up; but not tied, Volunteer, Fire Extinguisher
Blue Cart, Plastic Stool

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Banana Hammer: States of Matter

Materials:
2 Bananas, balsa wood board, a nail, Liquid Nitrogen, cryo gloves, crucible tongs

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Bernoulli Ball

Materials:
Leaf blower, NERF soccer ball/inflatable beach ball, Extension cord, Toilet paper attachment for leaf blower, Toilet paper,  Sheet of loose-leaf paper

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Charges and interactions

Materials:
Two red hats, One blue hat, Two voluteers

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Liquid Nitrogen and Balloons: States of Matter


Materials:

Liquid Nitrogen in 25L dewar, Big stainless steel dewar, Blue cryo gloves, Balloon (long ones work better for this than round), Additional balloons or balloon animals in the LN2 if you want., Purple balloon pump, Long crucible tongs (optional, if you don't want to grab the balloons with the glove)

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Liquid Nitrogen Cannon: States of Matter


Matehrials

Liquid Nitrogen, Mallet to pound in cork (optional), Cork screw, for when you pound the cork in too hard.

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Plasma Ball: Electricity

Materials:

Plasma Ball,  Fluorescent light bulb, Neon light tube, Rubber mat or insulating stool

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Prisim

Materials:
Green and red lasers in stand, Prism, Screen or blank wall (not too far away), Slide projector, Slide with narrow slit

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Racquetball: States of Matter

Materials:
2 racquetballs (drop one into the LN2 right away), Liquid Nitrogen, cryo gloves, tongs

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Soap Suds Explosion: States of Matter (Finale)

Big stainless steel dewar, 2-3 Tbsp liquid dishsoap, diluted with water, Food coloring, if desired, 2 gallon plastic bucket with 2-3 liters of warm water, 10’ x 12’ plastic tarp, Blue cryo gloves, Safety glasses

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Sound Waves: Sound

Materials:
Lissajous Generator, Tripod, P.A. speaker, Keyboard

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Van de Graaff: Electricity

Materials:
Van de Graaff generator, Foot pedal switch, Grounding rod (handle and ball), Rubbermaid stool, Aluminum charging rod

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Vortex Generator: Air

Materials:
2’ x 2’x 2’ clear polycarbonate Vortex Generator, Wood framed rubber sheet for back of Vortex Generator,  Candle and matches, Fog machine (with fog fluid), Aluminized Mylar sheet, Spot light (optional)

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