Physics STEM Challenge (distance learning online mini course)

Grade Levels
7th - 11th, Homeschool
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  • Internet Activities
30 pages
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Fascinating fun with physics! The Physics STEM Challenge is a self-guided distance learning mini course for teens to learn what physics is, explore careers in physics, and test drive the career through fun activities. Delivered in interactive GoogleSlides and PDF formats, including:

1. interactive online physicist career exploration resources (including virtual job shadow, downloadable info sheet in English and Spanish, and link to simulation)

2. astrophysics PhD student office tour

3. fascinating physics research activity with googleslides template (5 slides)

4. short quiz with answer key

5. 'scicomm' tips infographic

6. radiation shield design challenge with student friendly directions, links to online readings, and googleslide presentation 'answer key' from an Astrophysics PhD student (4 slides)

7. project rubric (1 page googledoc)

8. links to additional resources to explore careers in physics

This Challenge is provided as one cohesive Google Slides and PDF document with embedded links to corresponding online activities for easy uploading and sharing in your online classroom! All activities are designed to be completed independently using only simple materials found around the home, taking at least 3 hours for students to complete - a fun distance learning activity!

Directly aligned with NGSS MS-PS4-2, supports TEKS.SCI.6.6.A and TEKS.SCI.6.9.A.

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Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials. Emphasis is on both light and mechanical waves. Examples of models could include drawings, simulations, and written descriptions. Assessment is limited to qualitative applications pertaining to light and mechanical waves.


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