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Welcome! On this page you will find programming, activities, and resources related to formal and informal education. Browse recent work on curricular materials: #education, and subscribe to get updates on education

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After using one of these activities in person, let us know how it goes in the comments. We appreciate your feedback and encourage you to share how you modify the lesson to better fit your classroom.

For more information about integrating Public Lab tools & methodologies, check out the resources available at Public Lab for Educators.

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Public Lab is excited to announce that with support from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research program we will be working on building the scientific capacity of the next generation.

We're recruiting for our next round of educators through March 15, 2020.

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Here are some different activities particularly suited for use in the classroom:

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Flame testing metal salts observe - @kgradow1 3h medium 0 replications: Try it »
Assembling the Public Lab Lego Spectrometer - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
Tracking Plant Health Using Visible and Infrared Light -- Initial Experiences at an Arts High School - - @Travis - - 0 replications: Try it »
DIY Science Lesson with the Coqui - - @pdhixenbaugh - - 0 replications: Try it »
Building miniature kites at a family science night build - @SuziT9 - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prototyping a kite for kids build - @oscarbrett 3h easy 0 replications: Try it »
Using the Spectroscope for Analysis of Concentration (Beer's Law) test-limits - @straylight 3h medium 0 replications: Try it »
Water Quality Testing At Turkey Creek - - @Delaney - - 0 replications: Try it »
Bean Cam observe - @cfastie 1d medium 0 replications: Try it »
Lycopene - - @cfastie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Aerial Mapping Projects in Environmental Science at The Thacher School - - @thacherenvisci - - 0 replications: Try it »
Scan and compare different gases (in discharge tubes, like neon) using a DIY spectrometer - - @warren - - 27 replications: Try it »
Hand-crank powered flashlights - - @pazb - - 0 replications: Try it »
Spectrometer with Test Tube Holder (Grade 7 Science Fair) - - @RoRo - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop VIII: What will we do to conduct our study? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
See the Fraunhofer absorption lines in sunlight verify draft @warren 1h easy 4 replications: Try it »
Introduction to Spectrometry (& Building a Spectrometer!) Lesson - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
How do communities respond to environmental problems? (Lesson Plan) - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop III: How Have Other Communities Tackled This Problem? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop VII: How will we study our environmental problem? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Creating a Box Plot to Identify Potential Outliers Using CODAP - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
What Factors Influence Our Environmental Problem? (Lesson Plan) - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
BabyLegs in the classroom - - @maxliboiron - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop IV: What do we know, and what do we want to learn? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop V: How do we study an environmental issue? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Workshop VI: How can an environmental study effect change? - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
Choosing an Environmental Monitoring Method - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
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