Scientific Method Experiments – a collection of short inquiry labs the focus on consumer science. Students design and test their hypotheses
Investigation: What Are the Processes of Science – students design an experiment about lung capacity; requires spirometers, AP Biology
Sponge Capsules – quick lab using capsules and water (toys) to collect data on how fast the “animals” grow
Sponge Animals: Growing Insects – this lab grows sponge animals, graphs and calculates the growth rate (slope of line)
Plop Plop Fiz Fiz – measure the rate of dissolving in alka-seltzer tablets in both hot and cold water (a basic experiment for introducing the scientific method)
Water in Living Things – investigate how much water is stored in grass clippings
Gummi Bear Experiment – inquiry lab investigating the dissolving properties of gummi bears
Mystery Eggs – students use the scientific method to guess how many nails are hidden inside plastic eggs
Saving Sam – using paperclips rescue Sam, the gummy worm by putting a life preserver on him
Observation – opener lab, using the senses to investigate hardware items, then describe item
Pendulum Project – Inquiry based, experimental design and data analysis (physical science)
Penny Lab – conduct an experiment on surface tension, water drops are added to a penny and compared with soapy water
Properties of Water – Investigation exploring cohesion, adhesion, heat capacity, presented as lab station activities
Carbon Dioxide Production – determine how activity changes the amount of CO2 expelled in breath
Making Slime – instructions for creating a polymer with glue and borax
Measuring Lung Capacity – graphing and data gathering using balloons to measure vital capacity
What is the Effect of Exercise on Heart Rate – aligned to NGSS, feedback mechanisms and homeostasis. Students design and conduct an experiment.
Investigation: What Factors Effect the Heart Rate of Daphnia – expose a tiny crustacean to ethanol and gather data on its heart rate
Investigation: What Factors Affect Seed Germination – simple experiment where students use beans and different variables (water, light, temperature)
Lab – Identify Controls and Variables – station lab where students perform tasks, like measuring the absorbency of paper towels.
Can Crickets Tell the Temperature? – change the temperature and count the number of chirps
Analyzing and Graphing Data
Analyzing Data – make and interpret graphs, summarize data trends
Graphing Data – Flow Rates – graph the flow rate of liquids in a pipe, simple plot and draw two lines
Interpreting Graphs and English Usage – simple graph showing tadpoles, this is more of a vocabulary lesson on words used to interpret graphs, such as fluctuate, decline, stabilize…
Data Collection is Fun(gi) – use notes gathered in a field journal to create a data table to organize information about fungi and graph the relationship between fruiting body size and number.
Interpreting Graphs – shows a pie chart with grades, a scatter plot, and a few line graphs with questions to answer about each.
Microscope “E” Lab – use a microscope to examine the letter “e” and learn how to focus
Virtual Microscope Lab – uses an online virtual microscope, students can actually focus and adjust light using the simulator
Microscope Lab (advanced) – for AP Biology
Scientific Method Flowchart– this flow chart can be used for any experimental design. Students organize their experiment, identify the controls and variables, collect data and draw conclusions.