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Learn more about:
Aerospace Education Curriculum
CityLab
Crime Lab Unit
Cybertutor
Diagnosis and Remediation of Dyslexia
Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets
Earth Viewer
Handbook for a Better Future
Homophobia in the Media and Society
Invention Dimension
Marine Aquaculture: How to Raise Saltwater Fish in the Classroom
MIT Sea Grant's Exotic Species Web Site
StarLogo
Voyage of the MIMI
World Biodiversity Database
Workable Peace


Aerospace Education Curriculum

Contact
Prof. Dava Newman
MIT, Room 33-307
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 258-8799
Grade Level(s)
high school, first and second year of college
Web Sites
http://web.mit.edu/www/aec/ http://web.mit.edu/16.00

The Aerospace Education Curriculum is an on-line introduction to aerospace engineering designed for pre-college students. It includes units on the theory of flight, aircraft principles, rocket principles, aircraft, rockets, spacecraft, life support systems, research, and extravehicular activity (EVA). Also included are a glossary of terms, a list of acronyms, and answers to sample problems. A book and CD-ROM will be published by McGraw-Hill in 2001.




CityLab

Contact
Don DeRosa Ed.D.
CityLab, Director
Boston University School of Medicine
715 Albany Street, s-4
Boston, MA 02118, USA
(617) 638-5629
(617) 638-5621 fax
donder@bu.edu
http://www.bumc.bu.edu/citylab

A Traveling Lab available to travel to schools in greater Boston.




Crime Lab Unit

Contact
David Legere
Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth, ME

Log on: www.falmouthschools.org
go to: Falmouth Middle School
on left side of page click on to Class Site
go to: Eighth Grade: Mr. Legere's Crime Lab Unit




Cybertutor

Contact
Prof. David E. Pritchard
MIT, Room 26-241
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-6812
(617) 253-4876 fax
dpritch@mit.edu
http://amo.mit.edu/pritchard.html
Cost
Free the first year; $400 the second
(less if we get a grant).
Grade Level(s)
12 Advanced Placement
Web Site
http://cybertutor.mit.edu
Log in as demo, use password demo.

Cybertutor, a Web-based Socratic tutor, can help you and your students with Advanced Placement Newtonian mechanics. You prepare assignments from an annotated library of problems (both calculus and non-calculus). Cybertutor provides hints or simpler sub-problems at the student's request and grades the student's responses immediately, giving feedback if the answer has particular recognizable deficiencies. Besides multiple-choice and numerical answers, Cybertutor can grade words, analytic expressions, student-drawn force diagrams, and student-drawn functions. Cybertutor collects extensive feedback to inform the teacher about current class performance and individual students' lack of foundational skills, and presents grades to you in a gradebook.




Diagnosis and Remediation of Dyslexia

Contact
Gad Geiger
MIT, Room E25-201 or 26-065
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-9646
gadi@ai.mit.edu
Cost
none
Grade Level(s)
3 and above

This program includes a non-reading visual test for diagnosis of dyslexia and a regimen of practice for learning a new visual strategy for reading by dyslexics.




Driving Force: The Natural Magic of Magnets

Contact
James D. Livingston
MIT, Room 13-4066
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-0059
Cost
$14.95
How to Purchase
Order through your local bookstore. For large quantities, contact Harvard University Press at (617) 495-2577.

What causes your cassette or CD player to make music? Stores information on your credit card? Generates electricity and delivers it to your home? The same force, it might surprise you to learn, that keeps your grocery list stuck to the refrigerator: magnetism. In a lively, lucid style, this book tells the story of a force of nature—the "natural magic" of magnetism—that drives the motors of modern life. The book informs and entertains technical and nontechnical readers alike and gives them a clearer sense of the force behind so much of the working world. (320 pages. ISBN 0-674-21645-8. Published by Harvard University Press.)




Earth Viewer

Contact
Avi Ornstein
Hartford High School
Hartford, CT
Web Site
http://www.fourmilab.ch/
earthview/vplanet.html

A site filled with pictures of the Earth from any city in the world as well as outerspace.




Handbook for a Better Future

Cost
none
Grade Level(s)
high school
Web Site
http://www.mit.edu:8001/
people/howes/environ.html

Handbook for a Better Future is a Web site designed to be a comprehensive, yet concise guide to environmental awareness and activism.




Homophobia in the Media and Society

Contact
Hayden Reserve Book Room
MIT, Room 14N-132
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5675
mjbelson@mit.edu
Grade Level(s)
high school, adults
How to Purchase
Available to groups of two to four for in-house viewing only.

In the summer of 1992, the ABC soap One Life to Live explored homophobia in the story of a gay teen and the impact his struggle to come out has on the citizens of fictional Llanview, USA. For three months, this storyline confronted not only homophobia and the nature of fear, but issues of privacy, free speech, and social ostracism. MIT's Libraries and Women's Studies sponsored a panel discussion, which was videotaped, that immediately followed a screening of this storyline in April 1993. The videotaped conference is 90 minutes on VHS format.




Invention Dimension

Contact
Kristin Joyce
MIT, Room E60-311
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-3352
invent@mit.edu
Cost
none
Grade Level(s)
all
Web Site
http://web.mit.edu/invent/

The Invention Dimension is an information resource on the World Wide Web for students, teachers, and anyone who wants to learn more about American inventors and their discoveries. The site is designed to provide facts and fun about invention and innovation, and to direct visitors to related topics. It also features an extensive list of links to other sites related to inventors and inventing, from the ridiculous ("Wacky Patent of the Month") to the sublime ("The AIDS Patents Project"). The Invention Dimension is sponsored by MIT's Lemelson-MIT Program, which is dedicated to fostering American invention and innovation. Each year, the Program celebrates outstanding contemporary US inventors through its awards and educational outreach activities.




Marine Aquaculture: How to Raise Saltwater Fish in the Classroom

Contact
Brandy Moran
MIT Sea Grant College Program
Building E38-300
292 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5944
(617) 252-1615 fax
bmmoran@mit.edu
Cost
$15
Grade Level(s)
612
How to Purchase
Order from MIT Sea Grant College Program Publications at (617) 253-7092 or order on-line at http://web.mit.edu/
seagrant/publications/

Did you know that aquaculture is really just another kind of farming, with the "crops" raised in water? Because it involves many different disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, math, and technology, aquaculture is an excellent teaching tool. This curriculum, based on MIT Sea Grant's Marine Finfish Hatchery, teaches students all they need to know to start a hatchery in the classroom. Various topics include constructing and setting up a system, maintaining the system and its water quality, raising food for the fish, and developmental biology.




MIT Sea Grant's Exotic Species Web Site

Contact
Judith Pederson, Ph.D.
MIT Sea Grant College Program
292 Main Street
Room E38-300
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 252-1741
jpederso@mit.edu
Cost
none
Grade Level(s)
middle, high school
Web Site
http://massbay.mit.edu/exoticspecies

The Exotic Species Web pages provide information on marine and freshwater biological invaders, geographic distributions, research activities, conferences, and new invading species. Resources for educators are available through the Web site, including fact sheets, ballast water treatment methods, selected articles and documents, reporting opportunities for introduced species, and slides (zebra mussels, ballast water, and marine species). Sponsored by the MIT Sea Grant College Program.




StarLogo

Contact
MIT Prof. Eric Klopfer
Web Sites
http://www.media.mit.edu/starlogo
StarLogo Adventures (the companion book)
http://www.media.mit.edu/
starlogo/adventures

Star Logo is an MIT computer simulation workshop for K-12 public and private school teachers.




Voyage of the MIMI

Contact
Peter G. Marston
MIT, Room NW22-225
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5722
marston@pfc.mit.edu
Cost
varies
Grade Level(s)
elementary, middle school
How to Purchase
Contact the Institute for Interdisciplinary and Experiential Education, P.O. Box 1184, Gloucester, MA 01930.

"Voyage of the MIMI" is an interdisciplinary, multimedia math and science presentation geared toward fourth- through eighth-graders using connected educational television, computer software, and other instructional materials.




World Biodiversity Database

Contact
Avi Ornstein
Hartford High School, CT
Web Site
http://www.eti.uva.nl/
Database/WBD.html

If you want to do research on a living organism, try this site. It presently has entries for 200,000 species and plans to eventually include all 1.7 million known organisms on Earth.




Workable Peace

Contact
Prof. Lawrence Susskind
MIT, Room 9-332
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-2026
susskind@mit.edu
How to Purchase
More information is available on the Web (www.workablepeace.org). Teachers' guides can be purchased from the Clearinghouse at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (www.pon.harvard.edu).

Workable Peace is a high school curriculum that social studies, history, and language teachers can use to introduce their students to ways of handling inter-group, particularly inter-ethnic, conflict. The curriculum is organized around a series of simulations that immerse students in conflict resolution efforts in Rwanda, Guatemala, Ireland, and the Middle East. Students also learn a Framework for Peacemaking that can be applied in their own communities. The curriculum was prepared by the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and the Consensus Building Institute (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and has been pilot-tested at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and at public schools in New York and Arizona.


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