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Science and Technology of WWII
Category: Science
Tags: ww2 facts ww2 history timeline of ww2 ww2 lesson plans

Free this week at Kids Discover: Pearl Harbor.

A poster from the National WWII Museum shows how the science and technology of WWII not only helped us fight and win the war, but how it continues to influence many aspects of our lives today. The poster also features instructions for making a version of synthetic rubber, a material scientists began experimenting with due to a shortage in the natural rubber supply.

Download the poster here. 

Learn more about the technology of WWII with this History Channel interactive: 

Free PDF Books: 

The museum also has a great website that focuses on the science and technology of WWII. The site features: 

Darkroom of images of artifacts related to WWII science and technology, in such areas as medicine, communications, rocketry, and mathematics.

Timeline outlining activities leading to the development of the atomic bomb.

Top 10 List page where you can vote for what you think was the greatest scientific achievement during WWII. There's also a Bottom Five poll on the worst uses of technology during the war.

Cipher Disk you can use to send and decipher coded messages.

Discussion questions, lesson plans, and essays.

Submit questions to the experts at the WWII museum and read answers to questions submitted by others.



Moon Units
Category: Science
Tags: supermoon moon cycle moon pictures moon facts moon landing

The November 14 "supermoon" will be the closest full moon we've seen in over 68 years, according to NASA, and another one will be on Dec. 14. You can read more about it in this Popular Mechanics article. And check out these free moon resources: 

Smithsonian's Apollo to the MoonInformation about the space race, history of the space program, life in space, the Apollo missions, experiments performed on the moon, and objects from the Apollo missions on display at the museum. There is also information on a new state-of-the-art exhibit that's set to replace the current one and scheduled to open around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions.

Exploring the Moon: 158-page PDF guide with background information on the moon and activities. Divided into 3 units: Pre-Apollo, Learning from Apollo, and the Future. Suggested for grades 5 - 12.

Observing the Moon Infographic: 

Moon FactsList of interesting facts.

Moon CraftsInstructions for making a flim canister rocket, hovercraft, and moon dust.

Moon Phase Interactive: 


Why Do Leaves Change Color?
Category: Science
Tags: why do leaves change color fall foliage autumn foliage why leaves change color

From the crew at Untamed Science where you'll find lots of free science videos.Check this site's Science page for additional science resources including blog posts, free downloads, and links to free science courses and learning material. 

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