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What Makes a Dinosaur?

This guide explores what it means to be a dinosaur, and features a classroom activity focused on real fossils.

Smartphones Overshare

This guide explores an increasingly ubiquitous technology: the smartphone. How do its sensors work, what data do they collect and how can we keep ourselves safe from its spying eyes?

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.

Good and bad of smartphones

Students will search the Science News archive for stories related to the powers and perils of smartphone use.

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.
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Galileo Experiment Re-created in Space

This guide explores the equivalence prinicple, a foundation of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and the effects of low-gravity space environments on materials and the human body.

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."
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SN 2017 Year in Review

This guide reviews the Top 10 scientific discoveries from 2017, as reported by Science News, with a focus on key concepts covered across scientific disciplines.

Boosting your background knowledge

These discussion prompts help students gain a better understanding of key vocabulary and concepts covered in the Top 10 articles of 2017.

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.