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WATCH: High-Definition Footage of Curiosity Rover’s Mars Landing | NewsFeed | TIME.com

WATCH: High-Definition Footage of Curiosity Rover’s Mars Landing | NewsFeed | TIME.com | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
NASA has upped its game, releasing high-definition footage that allows us to plummet to the craggy surface of Mars just as Curiosity saw it.

 

 

S.07.PS.013a Understand the motion and characteristics of objects in the solar system.

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TED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrath | TED Blog

TED Weekends calls us to embrace nature’s wrath | TED Blog | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Inspired by her Shinnecock Indian heritage, and by her daughter’s fascination with storms, this TED Fellow has found her calling in storm chasing.
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Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman | TED Blog

Gallery: Chasing storms with Camille Seaman | TED Blog | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Nine astounding high-res images of supercell storms, tornadoes and the heavens in tumult, from photographer Camille Seaman.
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Classroom Energy!

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From the American Petroleum Institute, so watch for bias!

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Laws of Motion - Kids Science Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy

Laws of Motion - Kids Science Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Laws of Motion - Kids science videos, lessons, quizzes and games for K-12 grade school kids that make learning fun and interesting.
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Newton's First Law

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Carrying water in a dish is a great illustration of Newton's first law.

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Energy Lab | NOVA Labs | PBS

Energy Lab | NOVA Labs | PBS | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
NOVA Energy Lab
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"For something we use every day, energy is a pretty mysterious concept. This Lab investigates what energy is, how it can be converted into useful forms, and why some sources are running low. In our Research Challenge, you'll use scientific data to design renewable energy systems for cities across the U.S.—and compete with others to see whose designs can produce the most power."

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Wind Map

Wind Map | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
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Near live map of wind currents in the US.

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Turning algae into biofuel: A one minute method for biocrude

Converting algae to biofuel could be a sustainable solution to the need for liquid fuel in the United States, according to U-M researchers. Scientists in the chemical engineering department are working to create an effective method for converting the plant, which can be harvested continuously and grown in any water condition.

 

Phil Savage (http://che.engin.umich.edu/people/savage.html) is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemical Engineering (http://che.engin.umich.edu/) at the University of Michigan. His research focus is on energy production from renewable resources, developing novel processes for converting biomass hydrogen, methane, and liquid transportation fuels.

 

Savage's ocean-going organism of choice is the green marine micro-alga of the genus Nannochloropsis. To make their one-minute biocrude, Savage and Julia Faeth, a doctoral student in Savage's lab, filled a steel pipe connector with 1.5 milliliters of wet algae, capped it and plunged it into 1,100-degree Fahrenheit sand. The small volume ensured that the algae was heated through, but with only a minute to warm up, the algae's temperature should have just grazed the 550-degree mark before the team pulled the reactor back out. Previously, Savage and his team heated the algae for times ranging from 10 to 90 minutes. They saw their best results, with about half of the algae converted to biocrude, after treating it for 10 to 40 minutes at 570 degrees.

 


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Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia: Nitrogen Cycle

Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia: Nitrogen Cycle | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it

Students should use Ebsco Login information found on page 24 of the assignment notebook.

 

Definition of the Nitrogen Cycle. Students can use this entry to practice summarizing the cycle.

 

S.07.PS.03b Analyze the process of carbon, nitrogen, water cycle.

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Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds

Article covers topic of seed longevity and what factors in the environment affect a seed's viability.

 

S.07.PS.02b  Identify the factors in the environment that influence life. 

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What the Curiosity Rover Can Teach Us About Mars — And Earth | Science and Space | TIME.com

What the Curiosity Rover Can Teach Us About Mars — And Earth | Science and Space | TIME.com | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Communicating with a Mars probe can be a little like talking to the dead. Depending upon how far apart Mars and Earth are at any given moment, it will take anywhere from 4 to 20 minutes for a light-speed radio signal to traverse the distance.

 

Time Magazine

 

S.07.PS.013a Understand the motion and characteristics of objects in the solar system.

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WATCH: High-Definition Footage of Curiosity Rover’s Mars Landing | NewsFeed | TIME.com

WATCH: High-Definition Footage of Curiosity Rover’s Mars Landing | NewsFeed | TIME.com | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
NASA has upped its game, releasing high-definition footage that allows us to plummet to the craggy surface of Mars just as Curiosity saw it.

 

 

S.07.PS.013a Understand the motion and characteristics of objects in the solar system.

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6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs

6 Out of This World Space-Based Solar Power Designs | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Space-based solar power has been hailed as the holy grail of alternative energy and the solution to the world's energy crisis - read on for the six most promising projects.

 

S.07.PS.05b Assess the environmental impact of energy resources.

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6 talks to watch this Moon Day | TED Blog

6 talks to watch this Moon Day | TED Blog | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon. These TED Talks will inspire you this Moon Day.
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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | TIME.com -- TIME LAPSE

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | TIME.com -- TIME LAPSE | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
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A huge undertaking by Google and Time to show change over time by matching up Google Earth images and USGS  images. From the Google Blog:

 

"Today, we're making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we're releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public."


Uses: 7th grade science -- energy sources (environmental costs made perfectly clear here!), biomes

8th grade Social Studies -- Global awareness, globalization (Cycle 6)

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Can we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes how

Can we deflect meteors and asteroids? A TEDx talk that describes how | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
It’s a humbling day to be an Earthling, as the skies above Russia were shattered by the explosion of an incoming meteor.
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Add this to the 7th grade unit on astronomy to bring the study of the universe a little closer to home. Very timely topic!

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Building an unmanned hydropower plant beneath Greenland’s glaciers

Building an unmanned hydropower plant beneath Greenland’s glaciers | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it

For the unmanned hydropower plant buried underneath Greenland’s ice cap and a layer of permafrost, the plant’s turbines are 200 meters below the surface and are connected to the meltwater lake that feeds them by a tunnel blasted through the permafrost. The water has to flow constantly so that it doesn’t freeze. The location and the conditions were our biggest challenge.

 

The glaciers and the meltwater lake look majestic, but it’s a harsh environment. The power plant is well within the Arctic circle, 50 kilometers from Ilulissat, which itself is a small community of just 4,500 people. In good weather you can reach the plant by helicopter all year round. In summer you can also travel there by sea, and in winter, when the sea is frozen, by snow-scooter.

 

The power plant is so hard to reach that the plan is not to have to go there at all. The power plant will be manned during the first year, but it’s to be fully automated after that. Hundreds of sensors and seven cameras will record data which an operator will be able to monitor and control through ABB’s control system from the comfort of Ilulissat.


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Energy Lab Guide | NOVA Labs | PBS

Energy Lab Guide | NOVA Labs | PBS | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
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This Educator's guide from NOVA contains video links, project ideas, lesson plans.

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NSTA Learning Center

NSTA Learning Center | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
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Create a free account; free (and paid) Science articles available along with other resources.

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Teachers' Domain: A Different Kind of Fuel

Teachers' Domain: A Different Kind of Fuel | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
In this segment from Curious, learn about creating energy from solar rays to meet the growing energy needs of the world.

 

Lesson includes ideas for research, informational writing and debate to go along with the video (6 min.). 

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Hurricanes | Ready.gov

Hurricanes | Ready.gov | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it

Hurricanes -- what to do before, during and after. Sidebar gives links for preparedness tactics during other natural disasters, too: floods, earthquakes, extreme heat, drought, thunderstorms, tsunamis, volcanoes, wildfires, etc.

 

Also listed: pandemics, terrorist attacks, etc.

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Smithsonian, Oct 1997; Nitrogen Cycle

Smithsonian, Oct 1997; Nitrogen Cycle | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it

Use Ebsco Login on page 24 of assignment notebook.

 

How are people messing up the Nitrogen cycle? 

 

S.07.PS.03a Compare the processes through which matter cycles through the environment.
S.07.PS.03b Analyze the process of carbon, nitrogen, water cycle.

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Urban Planet: How Growing Cities Will Wreck the Environment Unless We Build Them Right

Urban Planet: How Growing Cities Will Wreck the Environment Unless We Build Them Right | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it

"More and more people are moving into cities around the world—and those cities are getting bigger and bigger. The urbanization shift could wreck the environment, unless we plan the transition."

 

This article talks about what can happen when too many people head to one location. Students can read this article, summarize the problems, and suggest methods to decrease some of the negative impacts of urbanization. Look at the carbon cycle; find how that cycle relates to what's being described here. Determine the interactions between living things within the ecosystem and how those interactions are affected by urbanization.

 

S.07.PS.02a Describe how living things interact with each other and their environments.

S.07.PS.03a Compare the processes through which matter cycles through the environment.
S.07.PS.03b Analyze the process of carbon, nitrogen, water cycle.

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Mars | Seeing Red: 40 Years of Exploration on Mars | Science and Space | TIME.com

Mars | Seeing Red: 40 Years of Exploration on Mars | Science and Space | TIME.com | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
The exploration of Mars has spanned hundreds of years, starting with the invention of the telescope in the 1600s.

 

Time Magazine -- great photos from the last 40 years.

 

S.07.PS.013a Understand the motion and characteristics of objects in the solar system.

S.07.PS.013c Describe the organization and physical characteristics of the solar system.

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MIT alums recount their Martian experiences - MIT News Office

MIT alums recount their Martian experiences - MIT News Office | 7th Grade Science Finds | Scoop.it
Several AeroAstro alumni return to campus to describe landing the Curiosity rover on Mars.

 

Kids may wonder if studying the solar system is relevant to careers; it's a small field, but here is an article describing some people who've worked for 10 years to send a probe to Mars and the outcome of their work.

 

Pair with other articles related to the Mars Curiosity rover.

 

S.07.PS.013a Understand the motion and characteristics of objects in the solar system.

 

 

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