Connections

Looking for ways to extend your investigation into other areas of the curriculum? These resources can help.

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Literature: Online Stories    |    History    |    Art    |    Music


Literature: Online Stories

Thank you, Mr. Edison!
From the Library of Congress' American Memory Project, this lesson has students use primary source documents, plus supplementary material, to investigate electrification as both a technological and social process. A focus of the student's investigation is Thomas Edison.


History

Speed of Sound
On Tuesday, October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager, WWII flying ace from West Virginia, became the first man to break the sound barrier. Check out the Bell X-1 plane he flew and follow Yeager on a virtual flight through the sound barrier in this National Geographic interactive feature.

Our Changing Earth - Historical Satellite Imagery Lesson
While satellite imagery may be a bit off-topic, it does offer a fascinating practical application of how the electromagnetic spectrum is useful to scientists.

Edison's Miracle of Light
In 1878 Thomas Edison stunned the world by announcing his intention to create a practical incandescent light bulb. In a little more than a year, Edison delivered on his promise. "Edison's Miracle of Light" chronicles the development of Edison's magical device as well as his subsequent attempts to build and control the million-dollar business of generating electricity.


Art

How to Make a Pinhole Camera
By using common household materials, you can make a camera that will produce pictures. Making and using a pinhole camera will acquaint you with the basic elements of photography while providing an inexpensive and interesting way to take pictures.


Music

How to Build Your Own Musical Instrument
This site offers a collection of students' handmade musical instruments that they made after their investigation of sound. There are also links to related sites.

Inventing Homemade Instruments with Math and Measurement
Working with FOSS's Measurement and Solids and Liquids kits, an innovative teacher from California created this resource to make musical instruments out of household items using math and science.

The Virtual Museum of Musical Instruments
Make a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments where you'll find that student-created instruments are on display.

Kitchen Sink-O-Pation
The science of sound adds music to our lives. This website takes us into the kitchen where we can explore the connections between the sounds of the kitchen and musical instruments. You can also click on the link at the bottom of the page to look at other activities related to the science of music.



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