Showing posts with label Jefferson Lab. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jefferson Lab. Show all posts

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Measure the Speed of Light With a Chocolate Bar and Microwave

A few years ago I wrote about Jefferson Lab's YouTube channel that includes a playlist titled Frostbite Theater.  Since the last time that I watched Frostbite Theater the playlist has expanded to 68 videos. The videos offer short lessons on chemistry and physics topics.

One of the Jefferson Lab videos that I watched this evening is titled Measure the Speed of Light - With Chocolate! The three minute video is a demonstration of an experiment in which students use a chocolate bar and a microwave to attempt to measure the speed of light. As Jefferson Lab pointed out in the comments, the experiment could also be used to attempt to confirm the microwave's frequency. The video is embedded below.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Watch Frostbite Theater from Jefferson Lab

Yesterday, I posted a list of 7 Useful YouTube Channels for Science Students and Teachers. This morning, through a Tweet by Sandra Goodrich,  I learned of another good YouTube channel for science students. Jefferson Lab's YouTube channel includes a playlist titled Frostbite Theater. Frostbite Theater is a collection of 54 videos that offer short lessons in basic chemistry and physics. In the video below students learn about liquid nitrogen shaping pewter.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some simple science demonstrations to add to your classroom website, Frostbite Theater might have what you need. On a related note, Sandra Goodrich's blog has some great ideas for science teachers. Check out her Marshmallow Chemistry post.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Who Wants to Be a Science Millionaire?

Jefferson Lab is a great place to find educational online games and puzzles. I discovered this resource when one of my students played "Who Wants to Win $1,000,000?" during some free computer time this afternoon. The games and puzzles are primarily designed for math and science with one word game thrown in for good measure.

Applications for Education
The games from Jefferson Lab are great practice for applying science and math knowledge to problem solving. Jefferson Lab also has a great Teacher Resources page full of lesson plans for hands-on activities, study pages, and reference materials.