8th Grade Science Resources 

Jennifer Hall  Email: jlhall@apsk12.org     Cell: 770-891-7729

Name of Resource

See How Kinetic Energy Recharges a Car’s Battery

Publisher

Discovery VR  (Science & Innovation)

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/DiscoveryNow/vr.cfm

Standard

MS-PS3-5 Energy
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

Description

We went to San Francisco's Potrero Hill to talk about regenerative braking! Learn all about this energy saving technique in VR! Made in partnership with Toyota: http://www.toyota.com

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

 

Question 1 - What is regenerative braking?

  • Capturing/repurposing  the energy generated while an automobile brakes

 

Question 2 - What happens to kinetic energy?

  • Kinetic energy dissipates - disappears

 

Question 3 - What 3 factors contribute to recharging the car?

  • Hill + Gravity + Kinetic = Battery Recharge

Name of Resource

The Day the Asteroid Struck

Publisher

Discovery VR  (Science & Innovation)

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/DiscoveryNow/vr.cfm

Standard

MS-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.

Description

Witness 1908’s asteroid impact today! Ride the largest meteor to hit Earth in recent history in 360°, as it barrels towards our planet.  

Questions

*3 guiding questions for students to explore

 

Question 1 - Why did Earth pull the asteroid toward it?

  • The gravitational pull from Earth’s atmosphere brought the asteroid into the Earth's orbit.

 

Question 2 - Why do so many asteroids hit the Earth’s surface?

  • Space debris such as asteroids get caught in Earth’s orbit and get pulled to the surface because of gravity.

 

Question 3 - What can be done to prevent future catastrophic asteroids from hit Earth?

  • Monitor space, watching for dangerous sized asteroids and destroying them in space before they reach the Earth’s orbit.

Name of Resource

Survival in Extreme Ecosystems

Publisher

Standard

MS-LS2-1.

Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

Description

The Kronotsky Reserve is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in eastern Russia. It is a conservation, scientific, and ecological education institution whose territory includes coastal forest, marsh, alpine tundra, and mountain forest ecosystems. The reserve is part of the Volcanoes of Kamchatka UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Hundreds of Kamchatka brown bears inhabit the protected reserve, which is also home to sable, reindeer, sea otters, and over 200 species of birds.