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Opening a battery’s black box

These discussion prompts ask students to think about ways that different elements create varied results in battery design, and related redox reactions.

Catalysts 101

These discussion prompts cover the basics of chemical catalysts, enzymes as biological catalysts, the energies and physical properties of catalysts, plus related applications.
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New Rules for Finding Antibiotics

This guide introduces students to the wide world of bacteria, bacterial infections, antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.

Built for Speed

This guide explores a wide variety of catalysts and their roles in chemical reactions, and covers recent research seeking alternative catalysts.

Corals across the disciplines

These discussion prompts cover coral reproduction, photosynthesis and respiration, greenhouse gases, fluorescence and how communities can minimize their impacts on reefs.

Saving the world’s coral reefs

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Rebuilding reefs."

Coral bleaching

Three activities give students the opportunity to use and interpret data to look for patterns in coral bleaching alerts.
A coral fluoresces purple (left), perhaps as a sunscreen defense for colorless polyps, in a photo taken September 12 of a bleached reef near Okinawa, Japan

Rebuilding Reefs

In this guide, students will explore how scientists are working to save coral reefs, which are under threat because of climate change and other human-related activities.