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Journey to the age of the dinosaurs

These discussion prompts cover the major groups of dinosaurs and their time on Earth, as well as how we study them today.

Water flea circus

In this activity, students will measure the effect of environmental conditions on the heart rate of water fleas.

Surveying a sensitive ecosystem

These discussion prompts cover the pH scale, the solubility of gases, food webs and how organisms react to climate change.

Smartphone technologies

In this two-part activity, students will complete a few simple light polarization exercises to model LCD technology and then demonstrate how a smartphone app analyzes and utilizes data to perform a specific function.

A look inside the smartphone

These discussion prompts ask students to describe how various smartphone sensors work, and analyze three graphs related to data gathered by such sensors.

The spy in your pocket

Students will answer questions about how smartphone apps could be used to spy on people and how such spying might be prevented.

Free-fallin’

Students will determine if an object's composition and the height at which can object is dropped affects its gravitational acceleration.

When science and gravity meet

These discussion prompts encourage students to explore concepts related to gravity and how scientists measure it.

Testing the equivalence principle

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Galileo experiment re-created in space."

Tracking the latest developments

Students will compare and contrast one of the Top 10 stories of 2017 with an earlier related article from the Science News archive.

Analyzing a top article

Students will read and summarize one of the Top 10 stories of 2017, as reported by Science News.

Getting to know your cells

These discussion prompts cover stem cells, gene therapy and the proteins of the extracellular matrix.