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HEXAGONS IN SPACE

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JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
Breathe a sigh of relief: JWST is fully deployed.
The telescope’s final mirror wing was locked into place on Jan. 8, marking the last major deployment following the observatory’s launch on Dec. 25. Technicians will align each of JWST’s 18 hexagonal mirrors
Watch the Videos Introduction to the JWST Mission
Animation of deployment sequence of JWST

Play the Kahoot! - James Webb Space Telescope: Hexagons in Space

JWST

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Make a Model of the JWST or
Enter the Art competition for JWST Watch the Video UnfoldThe Universe
check out Nasa's paper model gallery for inspiration

Check out Nasa's YouTube Channel for the latest footage.

Grade Specific Info from NASA
including the Toolkit
The Space Place - Including FUN Facts about the JWST

STEM

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Try the Hoop Flier
An alternative to the traditional paper plane, a hoop flier uses rings as wings instead. This simple project allows students to create a prototype, test it out and continue to make changes until their miniature flier soars successfully.
The Lab 360 YOUTUBE Channel has lots of great ideas and videos.
How to Do the Paper Book Tower Experiment A great STEM Challenge
GREAT STEM VIDEO CHANNEL SciShow Kids
BRIDGES
What Makes Bridges Strong? Research types of bridges. Then build a bridge.
Check out the VT YouTube videos on Bridges and STEM Tutorials
9 Awesome Science Tricks Using Static Electricity!
Watch the Video and plan some of your own.
How Static Electricity Works - Stuff to Blow Your Kids' Mind #3

ASTRONOMY

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see also VT Astrophysics page - a sub-branch of astronomy
Nasa Solar System Exploration

Great site with Planet, Missions, Amazing Images, Your weight in Space( I think I'll go to Mars) Games and more.
Night and Day Around the World
The Biggest Stars in the Universe
A Truly inspiring Video on the size of the universe.
The World Outside My Window - Time Lapse of Earth from the ISS (4K) This montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station is collected from many Astronauts, taken in Expeditions 29, 30 and 31.
One of my all time favourites is the SCALE OF THE UNIVERSEUse the scroll bar at the bottom to toggle from minute to gigantic. Grgreat activity.

CAINE’S ARCADE

Be inspired by Caine's Arcade
9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. The entire summer went by, and he never had a single customer. But Caine didn’t give up. Then, on the last day of summer, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in by chance to buy an auto part for his car. Caine asked Nirvan to play, and, well, watch Caine’s Arcade and Caine’s Arcade 2 to see what happened next…...
Inspire your kids to make their own cardboard creations.

RAY TRACING

The Future of Ray Tracing
Ray tracing is a rendering technique that can produce incredibly realistic lighting effects. Essentially, an algorithm can trace the path of light, and then simulate the way that the light interacts with the virtual objects it ultimately hits in the computer-generated world.


SIMPLE MACHINES

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Here are some great sites to explain simple machines.
BUILD A RAMP VT - TUTORIAL - Incline Plane
SIMPLE MACHINES IN CARS
SIMPLE MACHINES IN YOUR HOME OR BASEMENT
Bill Nye the Science Guy - Simple Machines
Domino Chain Reaction 
A domino can knock over another domino about 1.5x larger than itself. A chain of dominoes of increasing size makes a kind of mechanical chain reaction that starts with a tiny push and knocks down an impressively large domino.

RUBE GOLDBERG

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VT STEM RUBE Goldberg Tutorial

Six Rube Goldberg Machines

Massive Rube Goldberg This video shows a massive chain of dominoes where different clips are put together to make it seem like one big domino chain!
Chicago band OK Go built an enormous Rube Goldberg
TV Commercial Honda Rube Goldberg
 Joseph’s Machines – The Lunch Feeding Contraption
Lego Rube Goldberg Machine Audri's Rube Goldberg Monster Trap
RUBE GOLDBERG Website

BUGS

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Melbourne Museum Great Teacher downloadable pdfs for 3-6
Fabulous MIINIBEASTS Video
MiniBeasts Wildlife - some of the best bug images I have seen. Also colouring and activity sheets. Great to start a Unit on Minibeasts.
Insects Great video - You’re surrounded by them.
BEES
Fantastic Video of live honey bees
See the waggle dance, one of the 7 wonder of the of the Animal behaviour world.

EYES

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The Human Eye - Fabulous interactive
The eye is the organ which regulates the sense of sight, allowing us to interpret the shapes, colours and dimensions of our surroundings by processing the light they reflect or emit. This guide will take you through each step of the visual process, defining the role of the various parts and their link to each other.
Can You Trust Your Eyes? Great Video from ASAP Science
Check out the iLLUSIONS page on TV
Pupil Dilation is increased in the dark, more light smaller pupils

BIOLOGY

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HUMAN
If you are into really amazing pictures of anatomy,
these are the sites for you. These images are not to be viewed while eating lunch.
The Human Body Explorer
Human anatomy online contains diagrams and good descriptive text.
FROG
Fantastic Video on Frog Dissection Part 1, Part 2
Part 1. External anatomy and a quick look at the skin (Part 2 shows remaining internal anatomy). Phylum Chordata, Class Amphibia.
The MacOrganism's 2 Channel has a lot more anatomy Videos including:-
Shark Anatomy, Rat Anatomy, Bony Fish, Fetal Pig, Grasshopper , Crayfish, Earthworm, Sea Star, Bivalve, Squid and Round Worm.

CHEMISTRY

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P E R I O D I C V I D E O S
A lesson about every single element on the periodic table
Created by the Periodic Videos team using the TED-ED platform.
A new interactive periodic table - FABULOUS - It's sooo addictive. View the videos, these are backed up by full TedED lessons. With questions, extra links and a spot to add your comments.
Science Max - CHEMICAL REACTIONS - Science For Kids. Can you make the Dome and Max it out.
SCIENCE MAX is a great YouTube Channel 

GENERAL

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Great Video on the Water Cycle Great explanations of all the stages. Take a look at the other amazing water videos on CoCoRaHS HQ
LIGHT
Refraction Explanation and Experiment Bend a Straw with Your Eyes
Arrow Changes Directions Another Explanation

ASAP Science
Great Science Video Site check out Can We Genetically Improve Intelligence?
Your Brain on Drugs: Marijuana
A Brief History of the Internet

EXPERIMENTS

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Build a Rocket Balloon or Balloon Car - VT Rocket Page
Science Bob
"Science Bob" Bob Pflugfelder has been a fan of science since he was just six years old. Over the years, he has been exploring the scientific world with thousands of students. He also encourages parents and teachers to practice "Random Acts of Science" by providing instructions and videos for interactive science experiments on his web site, as well as public presentations and workshops that help make science come alive.
Cola fountains: a nucleation spectacular
What happens when you drop Mentos candy into a bottle of cola? Surface area, candy glaze, carbon dioxide, and a small amount of time all make a difference.

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