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Pull Back Cars

Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car?

Susan Levy on Advances in Autism Research

Listen as Susan Levy discusses advances in autism research.


Students will explore the nature of sweetness and create a scale to measure and compare the sweetness of several types of foods and drinks.

Solar Oven S’mores

Harness the sun’s energy to treat your tastebuds! Transform a pizza box into a solar oven to make a s’more.

Healthcare Crisis: Who’s at Risk?

In this lesson plan, students research the critical problem that approximately 1/3 of Americans are without adequate or any healthcare insurance.

The Rise of Social Networking

In this video segment from FRONTLINE: “Digital Nation,” teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Caterpillar Senses

How do hungry caterpillars find food?

Seasons on Earth

Students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth’s tilted axis.

Women’s History Month Collection

This collection celebrates Women’s History Month by focusing on women and girls around the world.

Women in Science Profiles

Learn about five women in STEM careers, and watch them answer questions from students like you.

The Plants and the Bees

Here’s how the vascular plants (ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms) reproduce, from ancient to modern times.

Watershed Lesson Plan

Learn about watersheds, the factors which can pollute them, the modern-day problems facing watersheds (including pollution), and the ways in which watersheds can be protected, in this lesson plan from Liquid Assets.

Cryptology Files

Cryptologists solve puzzles and crack codes to find solutions. This game from WPSU puts you in the role of a cryptologist to decode clues using pre-algebra skills and track down spies around the world.

Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project, from WPSU Penn State public broadcasting, provides schools with a look into GPS data gathering, which influences nearly everything. Explore these resources!

Geospatial Revolution

The Geospatial Revolution Project, from WPSU Penn State public broadcasting, provides schools with a look into GPS data gathering, which influences nearly everything. Explore these resources here!

History Detectives – Blacks on the Battlefield

Spotlight on a letter from a young Union soldier interested in a commission with an African American regiment.

Set Up a Healthy Media Relationship

Navigating technology in our homes has certainly become more interesting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ideas on how to think about your family’s relationship with technology.

Cryptology Files Game

Take on the role of cryptologists to decode clues using pre-algebraic substitution and order of operations.

WPSU Women in Science Profiles

Watch as WPSU Profiles these five women with careers in STEM fields.

Citrus Peel Roses

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these beautiful citrus peel roses! Place them in a bowl with other dried items for decoration.

 Can You Get Power from a Lemon?

Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials.

Snowpack Drinking Water

Find out how climate change is significantly altering the precious water source from snowpack in the mountains.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare as performed at Penn State, including lesson plans to teach each Act and Scene.

Jim Lovell at the Morehead Planetarium

The astronaut returns to the planetarium that had trained him in the art of celestial navigation before his two moon missions.

The Half Mile Long Microscope

Learn how scientists turn a half-mile long particle accelerator into a microscope in this video from SciTech Now.

How do voters decide?

Use this video and lesson plan to learn how voters make the important decision about who should lead their country.

Bouncing Egg

Turn a regular egg into a bouncing egg.

Documenting Winter Stories

Create a documentary to inform viewers about the winter in your area.

WPSU Women in Science Profiles

The Women in Science Profiles created by WPSU highlight five women in STEM careers and their career journeys.

Make a Comet

Can you make a comet?

Holiday | Craft in America

HOLIDAY embraces familiar and new winter celebrations as part of our American experience with the handmade.

Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

The Gift of Life

Ahmed Khatib was killed by the Israeli army in 2005. Ahmed’s father decided to donate his son’s organs and help the Jewish families who received them.

5 Amazing Stars

While Jupiter and Saturn are aligning to create a bright “star” in the sky on December 21st, learn about five actual stars that light up the sky nightly.

Cryptology Files

Can you crack the code and stop an international smuggling ring? The activity integrates geography and algebra, and is best for grades 8 – 12.

Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, keychain, or necklace.

Pull Back Cars

Can you transform any toy car into a pull back car?

Celebrate Japan’s Oshogatsu Holiday with Ozoni

Japanese celebrate Oshogatsu on the first day of the New Year. For this holiday families head over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house.

Blood Pressure

What affects blood pressure? Gather a group of friends or family to find out!

Learn About Relatives

The holidays are a great chance for children to learn about family culture. Encourage them to mingle and learn their family history by having them engage with their relatives.

 Marvelous Meringues

Change slimy egg whites to a fluffy foam to a crunchy solid!

How does Tribal Government Work?

The Tribal Government on the Wind River Reservation is in a state of flux. In the accompanying lesson plans,  learn how the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes govern their people. What is the relationship between Tribal, State, and Federal government?

Can you “water” plants with other liquids?

What happens when you replace water with other types of liquids?

Being Kind for Kindness’ Sake

In this daily news story, PBS NewsHour Extra looks at the impact and meaning of community service and why the winter break may be a more challenging time for students than many people may realize.

Pull Back Cars

Can you transform a toy car into a pull back car?

To Vote or Not to Vote?

Students explore the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and arguments for the importance of voting.

Smooshy Slime

Make a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Use these materials with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in their own families and communities.

Mentos® Explosion

How does a soda geyser work?

Strawberry DNA

Can you extract DNA from a strawberry?