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Science News as research inspiration

Students will discuss the scientific details that are left out of short news reports and explore how these brief reports can lead to ideas for original research.

Short but sound science

Students will answer questions based on a series of brief news items, including describing how each demonstrates sound scientific inquiry.

Written in rock

These discussion prompts cover the types of rocks and minerals found on Earth, and isotopes, their measurement and their applications.
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Research in Brief

This research-focused guide is inspired by the International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition.

Goodnight moon

Students will calculate the angular momentum and density of the moon and consider the implications of the results for various theories of the moon's origin.

A lunar journey

Students will search the Science News archive for other stories related to moon formation.

Probing moon formation

These questions focus on ideas about the origin of Earth's moon and evidence that supports various explanations of its formation.
Earth's moon

How Earth Got its Moon

This guide explores scientists' ideas for how the Earth got its moon, and the evidence that supports those ideas. Students can even calculate relevant lunar properties for themselves.

Spacetime ripples found at last

These questions focus on gravitational waves, gravitational wave detectors and how observing gravitational waves can improve our understanding of the universe.

Doing the wave

These discussion prompts cover the general properties and types of waves, how humans and other animals detect waves, and the design of laboratory wave detectors.
SWEET SUCCESS  For the first time, physicists have directly observed gravitational waves, caused by two black holes colliding (illustrated here).

Making Waves

This guide focuses on one big discovery in 2016 (the detection of gravitational waves) and one hot topic (the challenges in developing and embracing self-driving cars).