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  • Teacher's questions for Electronic skin

    Teacher’s Questions for Electronic Skin SCIENCE Before reading: List a few electronic devices that people use to keep track of their health. During reading: Describe the size of the electronic device developed by Rogers and his collaborators that sticks on skin. Name three things about the wearer that the devices can record. Where can the information recorded by the devices be sent? Name two...
    20:12 PM, January 17, 2012 Other
  • Question Sheet: The algae invasion

    SCIENCE Before reading: What is algae? How could algae be an invader? What does it mean to “classify” an organism? During reading: Why have algae “pestered” scientists for a long time? What is one way plants are different from animals? What did researchers find out when they looked at the genes of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii? What are cyanobacteria and what do they have to do with algae? In what...
    19:46 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question sheet: In Search of the Perfect French Fry

    SCIENCE Before reading: How would you describe the perfect French fry? How do you think French fries are made? Do you like fried foods? During reading: How much money do people spend on French fries each year? What is the process used by McDonald's to make French fries? List one advantage and one disadvantage of the following methods: A. Frying in oil. B. Using fast-moving air. C. Using low-fat...
    19:35 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Tinkering With the Basic Bike

    SCIENCE Before reading: If you had the opportunity, what would you change about your bicycle? How could you prove that your bicycle is better than your friend’s? What do you think happens at an international science fair? During reading: How does Renato convert mechanical energy into electrical energy? Why did Ronak and Anish start trying to build a chainless bicycle? How did Ronak and Anish...
    19:29 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Baby Swaps, Crime Scenes, and DNA Testing

    SCIENCE Before reading: This article is titled "Baby Swaps, Crime Scenes, and DNA Testing." What do you think it will be about? What do you think happens in a veterinary genetics lab? What is DNA? Why is it important? What are some ways that scientists can help endangered species? During reading: If you had the job of a geneticist, what kinds of things would you do? If DNA is "the instruction...
    19:26 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question sheet: Sky Dust Keeps Falling on Your Head

    SCIENCE Before reading: Dust makes you cough and sneeze, so why might scientists think it's worth sticking their noses into that topic? Where might dust come from in the first place? During reading: What three different methods do researchers use to collect dust? What tools are useful for examining dust? What kinds of information might skillful detectives find in the dust that's circulating...
    19:21 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Watching for Wildfires in Yellowstone

    SCIENCE Before reading: What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of Yellowstone National Park? What are some causes of forest fires? What other things, besides trees, are harmed when wildfires break out? Why might the park service station a ranger to look out from a mountaintop? What are some of the things that such a firewatcher might see? During reading: What does George...
    19:17 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Swimming with Sharks and Stingrays

    SCIENCE Before reading: What do you think a marine reserve is? What are some things we can do to protect sea creatures from becoming endangered? Is it always dangerous to swim with sharks? During reading: What are marine reserves created to protect? How do animals in marine reserves contribute to populations elsewhere in the ocean? When biologist Charles Acosta says that reserves "make sense...
    19:11 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Dreams of Floating in Space

    SCIENCE Before reading: What qualities would you need to become an astronaut? What are some of the potential dangers you might face when traveling into space? Some people think it's unnecessary for humans to travel into space. What might serve as alternatives for space exploration? During reading: What is another term for the weightlessness astronauts feel while in orbit? What is the “Vomit...
    19:08 PM, December 9, 2011 Other
  • Question Sheet: Delivering a Little Snake Venom

    SCIENCE Before reading: Guess how many species of snakes there are in the world. What percentage do you think are poisonous? Why do snakes have venom? How would someone test how potent a snake's venom is? During reading: Why has it been easier for scientists to learn about the chemistry of venom rather than how snakes use it? List some ways that snakes use their venom. What makes it difficult to...
    19:03 PM, December 9, 2011 Other

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