Analyzing a top article
Students will read and summarize one of the Top 10 stories of 2017, as reported by Science News.
Mosses Tell Story of Retreating Ice
This guide connects the radioactive carbon-14 dating of newly exposed mosses in the Arctic to the bigger story of climate change.
Students will simulate the exponential radioactive decay and half-life of carbon-14 with pennies and a food coloring/bleach chemical reaction.
Making carbon connections
These discussion prompts cover the basics of radioactive decay and carbon-14 dating, as well as concepts related to climate change.
Neutron Star Crash Seen for First Time
This guide explores the recent discovery of a neutron star collision and encourages students to make connections to stellar evolution, gravitational waves and fusion reactions.
The pressure to be a star
To better understand the life cycle of stars, students will estimate the conditions involved in stars and element formation.
Star light, star bright
These discussion prompts cover the principles of spectroscopy, stellar evolution and fusion reactions.
Crash from the past
Students will search the Science News archive for other stories on neutron star collisions and gravitational waves.
Spotting a neutron star collision
Students will answer questions related to the Science News article "Neutron star crash seen for the first time."
Origami Outfits Help Bots Retool
This guide describes how origami robots can perform various tasks while being driven by a solenoid, and then asks students to make their own simple solenoids.
Solo for solenoid
Students will construct their own simple solenoids and conduct experiments to measure the solenoids' properties.
Going beyond the robot
These discussion prompts cover topics related to materials science, magnetism, and biological adaptation and self-assembly.