A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO PLASMA SCIENCE RESOURCES
These sites provide exemplary, interactive materials for students to explore fusion and plasma science concepts.
CPEP On-Line Fusion Course: Created by the Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) and FusEdWeb, this Guided Tour provides a detailed overview of fusion, with links to related topics, like the particle adventure, which is very interactive.
Energy Quest: Contains interactive activities primarily aimed at K-8 audience regarding the science and distribution of conventional energy resources in California. Puts nuclear energy in perspective with other energy sources. Glossary contains references to fusion, but there is no direct mention of plasma.
IMAGE Science Center P.O.E.T.R.Y web site: Hands-on lessons for students and teachers, sorted by content, grade level, and web-based. The activities highlight the plasma in nature and show science as a human endeavor.
Physics 2000: Good, simple and fun interactive site that deals with electromagnetic waves, microwaves, X-rays and lasers. Extensive set of interactive Java applets illustrating various concepts of modern physics; accessible for all ages. Plasmas not specifically discussed but many interactive applets are relevant to plasma processes.
Stanford Solar Center: This site is a collection of multi-disciplinary, interactive exercises and activities based on the Sun and solar science, most geared to grades 4-12. Most of these have been aligned to science standards and approved by the NASA Product Review process. From the home page you can find your way to exercises for both students and teachers.
The Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX): Excellent basic introduction to plasma and fusion energy, with educational interactive tutorials. The viewer can operate a virtual tokamak. Explains pros and cons of fusion vs. fossil fuels. Very responsive to e-mail questions.
American Physical Society: Education and Outreach: This site has many wonderful facets. It contains a great timeline called "A Century of Physics," with plasma citations. It lists multiple teacher workshops, student workshops, links to other sites, scholarship and intern opportunities, and as well as career information.
Down-to-Earth Science: This outreach page of the Space Telescope Science Institute site is a gateway into educational activities for students, teachers and the general public.
Electricity Unit - North Canton City Schools: Provides many useful historical facts about electricity and magnetism. A student resource link site. Some links not working.
Fermilab Education Office: Excellent; many links, lessons, major nuclear topics, projects, pages for student and teacher.
Fusion Energy Education Site: Features Nine Ways to Learn about Fusion Energy - For Grades 5 and Up - through graduate school. A good survey of plasma- and fusion-related topics.
How Van de Graff Generators Work: A colorful site that explains how mechanical devices work in a way young students can understand. Includes instructions on how to build a Van de Graff generator.
Khan Academy: Numerous, excellent utube teaching videos in lecture format with explanations mostly in terms of math & chemistry. There is only one brief reference to plasma. It is found in “States of Matter Follow-up” (in the Chemistry section).
MIT Open Course Ware – high school, Highlights for High School: Includes introductory MIT courses best for high school students, video demonstrations to help teachers explain concepts and students understand them, helps for studying for Physics exams.
Physics Central: This site contains articles and links to "everything you ever wanted to know" about physics. Most of it is aimed at high school and above. Sponsored by the American Physical Society.
Plasma on the Internet: Contains Who's Who in Atomic/Plasma Physics, bibliography and glossary. Recommended for physicists and college students. Good information on careers and educational programs. Mainly for graduate students.Science of NFL Football: NBC has created a series of engaging videos that use the game of football to science lessons on everyting from the Pythagorean Theorem to Newton’s First Law of Motion.
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