What goes on aboard International Space Station and What's coming in November 2016

What goes on aboard the International Space Station (ISS)? This question has been asked in many science classrooms.

We all know that, launched in 1998, the ISS is an international partnership of countries and their space agencies which provides and operates the ISS. The principals partners are the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada. ISS is the largest space station ever constructed, and continues to be assembled in orbit and has been visited by astronauts from 18 countries.

Since the early 2000, thousands of experiments have been conducted aboard the ISS, including hundreds related to educational activities. From Story Time From Space to Gecko Gripper adhesives that use microscopic angled hairs to stick to surfaces using van der Waals forces. You can see the complete list here.

Prepmagic.com will be featuring some very interesting interactives. Our next update will introduce:

Thermal Conduction

  • Explore the process of heat transfer through conduction and compare thermal conductivity of different materials.

NGSS: Physical Sciences MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Thermal Expansion

  • Investigate the phenomenon of linear and volumetric thermal expansion in metals. Compare the extent of expansion across different materials.

NGSS: Physical Sciences MS-PS1-4. Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

Rocket Propulsion and Newton’s Laws of Motion 2 - Overcoming Planet Gravity

  • Explore how the thrust generated by a rocket engine is used to overcome the gravitational pull exerted by the planet as the rocket lifts off from the surface. In case of rocket propulsion, Newton's third law explains the generation of thrust by a rocket engine, while Newton's second law describes the acceleration of the rocket due to the thrust generated.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. HS-PS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.

Potential and Kinetic Energy Conversion

  • Explore the conversion between kinetic and potential energy of an object thrown vertically upwards and falling back to ground.

NGSS: Physical Sciences MS-PS3-1. Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
MS-PS3-2. Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

Vector Addition

  • Determine the resultant of two vectors using the triangle and parallelogram methods of vector addition.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Motion Vectors

  • Explore how the specified velocity vector and the acceleration vector determine the resultant motion of an object.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Acid Base Titration

  • A series of configurable DIY interactives to investigate the neutralization reaction between acid and base. Select the type, strength and volume of the analyze as well as the strength of the titrant and the indicator for the reaction.

NGSS: Physical Sciences MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.

Catalyst Action on Activation Energy - Interactive Graph

  • Investigate how a catalyst changes the activation energy of a chemical reaction, altering the Potential Energy - Reaction Coordinate . difference in the potential energy of the reactants and the products determine whether the reaction is exothermic or endothermic in nature.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.

Element Periodicity - Physical Property Trends

  • Explore and compare the trends exhibited for different physical properties (atomic radius, density, melting point, boiling point, etc.) across selected elements in the periodic table.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Punnett Square - Monohybrid Cross

  • Interactive exercise on completing the punnett square for a randomly generated monohybrid cross.

NGSS: Life Sciences MS-LS3-2. Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.

Homeostasis - Goldfish Heart Rate Lab

  • Explore the effect of temperature on the heart rate of a goldfish. The heart rate is determined indirectly by measuring the respiration rate of the gold fish in terms of the opening and closing of its mouth. The interactive also compares the metabolism of the fish with the standard Q10 curve.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Good News! We are doing better in Science, and what's coming in October 2016

The Nation’s Report Card on Science is out. The average NAEP science scores for the nation increased 4 points between 2009 and 2015 in both grades 4 and 8, but did not change significantly at grade 12. Scores for most student groups at grades 4 and 8 were higher in 2015 compared to 2009, but were not significantly different at grade 12. At grades 4 and 8, Black and Hispanic students made greater gains than White students, causing the achievement gap to narrow in comparison to 2009. 

Compared to 2009, scores were higher at grades 4 and 8 in all three science content areas (physical science, life science, and Earth and space sciences) in 2015, while there were no significant changes in content area scores at grade 12. Read more.

This month on prepmagic.com we will see the following new interactives.

Rocket Propulsion and Newton’s Laws of Motion

  • Explore how Newton's third law explains the generation of thrust by a rocket engine and how Newton's second law describes the acceleration of the rocket due to the thrust generated.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. HS-PS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.

Effect of gravitational acceleration on projectile motion

  • Explore the effect of gravitational acceleration (g) on the projectile trajectory including popular phenomena such as fired bullet versus falling bullet, shoot the monkey, etc.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. HS-PS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.

Lift on an airplane - 2

  • Compare the lift generated in different types of aircrafts, varying in terms of size, load and propulsion systems.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. HS-PS2-2. Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.

Potential Energy of a Chemical Reaction

  • Investigate how the difference in the potential energy of the reactants and the products determine whether the reaction is exothermic or endothermic in nature.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.

Enthalpy of neutralization reaction

  • Investigate the enthalpy of neutralization, which is the change in heat content of the system that occurs when an acid and a base undergo a neutralization reaction to form water and a salt.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-4. Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.

Half-life of a Radioactive Substance

  • Understand the concept of half-life by comparing the decay process across a set of radioactive isotopes.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Radioactive Decay Series

  • Explore the effects of emission of an alpha particle or a beta particle and the resulting decay chain for radioactive elements - thorium, neptunium and actinium.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Periods and Groups - Property Trends

  • Explore and compare the trends exhibited for different physical and chemical properties across periods and groups in the periodic table.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Homeostasis - Effect of Nicotine on Heart Rate

  • Investigate the effect of nicotine on the heart rate of Daphnia magna.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Prepmagic.com to present at TechBUZZ. A premier event organized by Mid Atlantic Venture Association.

Washington D.C. (October 19, 2016) – As part of Mid Atlantic Venture Association's (MAVA) ongoing commitment to foster seed and early-stage company growth, Prepmagic.com was selected from a range of industry sectors to be showcased on stage at the final installment of MAVA’s year-long TechBUZZ program for 2016. Since the program was launched in 2011, TechBUZZ presenting companies have received more than $550M in aggregate disclosed funding, with many more investments and acquisitions made under undisclosed terms.

The TechBUZZ Fall program will provide an unparalleled opportunity for Prepmagic.com along with the selected companies to share their company launch and fund-raising pitch, in a four-minute format, along with their demo with an audience of hundreds of business leaders, fellow innovators, experienced company-builders, corporate strategic partners, potential acquirers and active investors.

The event was held on November 2nd at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in downtown Washington, DC.

“By consistently presenting promising, fundable and market-ready business start-ups, TechBUZZ provides a uniquely independent platform and one of the most recognized of its kind in the country, attracting both promising tech and tech-enable companies, along with investors and collaborators who follow companies that have earned one of the coveted spots on the program to present at TechBUZZ,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director, MAVA. “In addition to hitting the radars of potential investors, selected companies benefit from increased visibility and industry interest which helps to secure new customers, hire talent and garner important market mind-share.”

Featured TechBUZZ presenting companies were selected because of their innovative technology, approach to a commerce or enterprise problem, or perhaps a new twist to a market maker’s approach, making TechBUZZ a nationally watched platform by industry and investors, from seed to later stage interests. Collectively the presenting companies provide a representative showing of industry start-ups and businesses being launched across a broad range of sectors including software, EdTech, ecommerce, cyber, and many others.

Presenting companies were selected from a highly competitive pool of diverse startups by a review committee of more than 20 MAVA member investors and business advisors. The Review and Selection Committee for the TechBUZZ Fall edition was co-chaired by Mourad Yesayan, Principal, Paladin Capital Group and Arjun Aggarwal, Associate, NEA.

Companies presenting at TechBUZZ reflect the strength of the East Coast as the birthplace of game-changing innovations. The companies on stage for this edition of TechBUZZ represent startup communities across Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

About MAVA
For 30 years, MAVA has served the full community of innovators, companies, corporate partners, private capital, suppliers, and key advisors needed to build successful businesses from start-up to exit. From venture to private equity, angel to growth equity, and family office to strategic corporates, MAVA brings together the full spectrum of capital and key resources necessary to accelerate the growth of companies across industry sectors and stages of development. MAVA provides a wide range of programs designed to stimulate revenue and company growth, create efficiencies for conducting business, facilitate quality deal flow, encourage collaboration and foster relationships among entrepreneurs, corporate decision makers, investors, strategic partners and customers.

About Prepmagic.com
Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences, but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings.

Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual story telling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving.To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district wide site license offers.

Prepmagic.com Receives High Rating for Learning Potential from Common Sense Education

Washington D.C. (October 14, 2016) – Prepmagic.com has been given a high rating for learning by Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents and teachers manage the media and technology in kids’ lives. The high rating is part of Common Sense Media’s new learning ratings initiative, and means Prepmagic.com is both a fun and engaging, with the potential to help equip kids and teens with the core skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's world. The full rating and review is available here.

“At Prepmagic.com, we strive to create engaging, interactive and experiential tools and content for STEM that teachers and kids will love, and that parents can feel good about,” said Nikhil Wate, Co-founder and Head of Product Development. “We’re honored to receive this high rating from Common Sense Education”

A 2011 poll from Common Sense Media found that while many parents believe that digital media can provide learning benefits, they are skeptical about the claims made by some companies about their product’s educational potential. Common Sense Media's learning ratings address that problem by clearly communicating the learning potential of a website, game, or app, along with offering suggestions on how to get the most out of the user experience. A team of highly trained reviewers analyzes digital media products for core academic content like reading, math, and science, as well as deeper learning and social skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. The team also assesses each product's overall learning potential, looking both at how engaging it is and how it's designed to support learning.

The learning ratings initiative builds on Common Sense Media's already successful media ratings and education programs -- through commonsense.org and content partners, Common Sense Media already provides age-appropriateness ratings on more than 18,000 titles and offers education resources to more than 50,000 schools in all 50 states and 67 countries.

About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.

About Prepmagic.com
Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences, but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings.

Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual story telling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving.To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district wide site license offers.

 

Why empathy and STEM education go together, and what's coming in September 2016

Can we expect our students to work on inventions that have tangible and positive effects on the society, while providing empathetic and empowering learning experiences? Read how one school used purposeful design in PBL, to leverage their education and their classroom experiences to effect change.

As you might have noticed that all our August interactives are live on prepmagic.com. We are constantly listening to our rockstar teachers, and our September updates feature some of the requests that came in at the beginning of the school year. You can send in your requests by filling up this form.

Enzymes - Biological Catalysts

  • Investigate how enzymes act as catalysts to control the rate of metabolic reactions.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multi-cellular organisms.

Active Transport

  • Investigate transportation against the concentration gradient by expending energy.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.

Cell Surface Area to Volume Ratio

  • Investigate how the surface-area to volume ratio affects the efficiency of a cell to transport material, mitigated by cell division or change in the shape to maintain the optimum area to volume ratio.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-4. Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.

Atomic Number

  • Using a periodic table, determine the number of protons and electrons of an element based on its atomic number.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Isotopes & Mass Number

  • Determine the number of neutrons in an isotope of an element, given its mass number.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Average Atomic Mass

  • Determine the weighted average atomic mass of an element, based on its isotope abundance.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Electron Configuration

  • Understand and construct the electron configuration of an element and relate to its position on the periodic table.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Half-life of a Radioactive Substance

  • Understand the concept of half-life in exponential decay.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-8. Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.

Position

  • Understand, define and compare the position of an object in Cartesian and polar coordinate systems.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Vector

  • Explore definition of a vector and methods of vector addition.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Displacement

  • Explore displacement of an object moving in 1-D and 2-D, including plotting of Distance-Time graph, resolution of the displacement vector into its perpendicular components and comparison with the distance traveled.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Velocity

  • Explore velocity of an object moving in 1-D and 2-D, including plotting of Velocity-Time and Displacement-Time graphs, resolution of the velocity vector and comparison with the speed as a scalar quantity.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Acceleration

  • Explore acceleration of a moving object and investigate its relationship with velocity and displacement through analyses of different motion graphs.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS2-1. Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.

Back to School and What's coming in August 2016

With a few schools back in session and many others to follow these coming weeks, we know how exciting it is for teachers to return back to what they love the best; their kids and classrooms. More often than not, this beginning can be strenuous at times, hence this nice article on the National Education Association website, offers educator-tested tips, advice, and resources for a successful start to the school year.Over the summer we have been working relentlessly to get the best, that interactive and experiential science education has to offer.

This August we will be publishing the following interactives on prepmagic.com.

Seismic Waves and Epicenter Location

  • Interactives exploring the different types of seismic waves, speed through different media and locating the epicenter by the triangulation method.

NGSS: Physical Sciences and Earth & Space Sciences HS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media. HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

The Greenhouse Effect

  • Interactive demonstrating the greenhouse effect using a simplified model based on thermal radiation and climate sensitivity. 

NGSS: Earth & Space Sciences and Physical Sciences HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. HS-PS3-1. Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.

Satellite Launch and Orbit

  • Interactives exploring Newton's law of gravitation by launching a satellite and configuring the resultant orbit, including conditions for a geostationary orbit. 

NGSS: Physical Sciences and Earth & Space Sciences HS-PS2-4. Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects. HS-ESS1-4. Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.

Food Energy Calorimetry

  • Interactive investigating energy derived from different food types based on heat of oxidation measured using a bomb calorimeter.

NGSS: Physical Sciences and Life Sciences HS-PS3-4. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two components of different temperature are combined within a closed system results in a more uniform energy distribution among the components in the system (second law of thermodynamics). HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.

Active Transport and Chemiosmosis

  • Interactives exploring the mechanics of active transport and chemiosmosis during the process of cellular respiration.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.

Homeostasis - Effect of Chemical Agents on Heart Rate

  • Interactives investigating the effect of chemical agents such as ethanol, nicotine and caffeine on the heart rate of Daphnia magna.

NGSS: Life Sciences HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

Ionization Energy and Electronegativity Trends

  • Interactives exploring and comparing the trends in ionization energy and electronegativity of elements based on their positions in the periodic table.

NGSS: Physical Sciences HS-PS1-1. Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

Prepmagic to be part of IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups

Washington D.C. (July 5, 2016), Prepmagic.com, an innovative science education startup, today announced that it has been selected by IBM to be part of IBM Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups.

As a member Prepmagic will get to tap into IBM resources, clients, and technology to supercharge growth through go-to-market support, technical expertise, business mentorship and services. Startups that are part of the IBM GEP receive up to $120K IBM Cloud credits at no charge for up to 12 months as a member for Bluemix and Softlayer infrastructure and platform as a service.

Devendra Sahasrabudhe, Director of Engineering, said, "This partnership allows us to experiment with ideas that would have not been possible before. With IBM Watson™ Visual Recognition API, for example, prepmagic can now offer interactive and contextual learning that is closer to the real world experiences than ever before.

About Prepmagic.com: Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences, but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings.

Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual story telling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving.To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district wide site license offers

Creativity in science classrooms, what's coming in June 2016

Though the school year is coming to an end, exploration and learning will continue. We all know, that science learning playgrounds are everywhere around us, and hence we educators are constantly trying to figure out how to bring creativity to our classrooms and beyond. We particularly liked this article published in Wired, that talks about creativity in science classrooms.

At prepmagic.com we believe our deep contextualization engine which allows you to customize our interactives and control the narrative is a great catalyst to your creative endeavor.

Visit prepmagic.com to check out the May interactives. The new ones that are coming in June are listed below.

CHEMISTRY

Atomic Theory

  • Gold Foil Experiment - Recreation of Rutherford's gold foil experiment that led to discovery of the nucleus and the formulation of the nuclear model.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, DCI - PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

Periodic Table

  • Property Trends - Investigate the trends in properties such as atomic radius, electronegativity and ionization energy across elements in the periodic table

NGSS: SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, DCI - PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

Stoichiometry

  • Mole Concept - Explore the concept of mole and the relationship between molar mass and atomic mass.

NGSS: SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Energy and matter, DCI - PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

BIOLOGY

Cell Structure & Function

  • Diffusion - Explore diffusion and facilitated diffusion as modes of passive transport.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Systems and System Models, CCC - Structure and Function, DCI - LS1.A: Structure and Function.

  • Active Transport - Investigate transportation against the concentration gradient by expending energy.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Systems and System Models, CCC - Structure and Function, DCI - LS1.A: Structure and Function.

  • Life Functions: Virus Replication - Explore how a virus infects and rapidly replicates inside a host cell.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Stability and Change, DCI - LS1.A: Structure and Function.

PHYSICS

Radioactivity

  • Radioactive Decay - Investigate effects of emitting an alpha particle or a beta particle and the resulting decay chain.

NGSS: SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS1.C: Nuclear Processes.

Momentum

  • Impulse Momentum - Explore thrust produced by a jet or a rocket engine resulting in its motion.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, DCI - PS2.A: Forces and Motion.

2-D Motion

  • Projectile - Explore motion of a projectile in 2 dimensions.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, DCI - PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Prepmagic.com to present at ISTE 2016 Pitch Fest.

Washington D.C. (May 25, 2016) – Prepmagic.com is proud to be selected to present at ISTE's fourth annual Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest at ISTE 2016 in Denver, Colorado. ISTE Pitchfest was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with ETIN (SIIA).

ISTE 2016 is hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is globally recognized as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. With more than 16000 attendees, the event offers professional learning opportunities for all types of educators and education leaders, including teachers of every discipline, tech coordinators, administrators, superintendents, teacher educators and media specialists.

About Prepmagic.com
Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings.

Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual storytelling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving.To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district-wide site license offers.

 

 

CU Boulder's movement to improve the quality of science education around the country and what's coming in May 2016

What happens when Katie, a 20-year-old junior with glasses, an aerospace engineering major, starts tutoring a roomful of students who are her own age or even a bit older? University of Colorado Boulder, has started a movement to improve the quality of science education around the country, not only on campuses but in K-12 classrooms, and the LAs, as they're called, are at the center of this work. Read more about "Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan' here.

Visit prepmagic.com to check out the April interactives. The new ones that are coming in May are listed below.

CHEMISTRY

Kinetics Equilibrium

  • Catalysts - Investigate how catalysts speed up a chemical reaction.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

  • Disturbing Chemical Equilibrium - Investigate how equilibrium in a reversible reaction can be disturbed by changing concentration by adding reactants or removing products..

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

  • Temperature and Reaction Rate - Investigate how change in temperature affects the rate of a chemical reaction.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, DCI - PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

  • Reaction Quotient - Explore the change in reaction quotient Q of a chemical reaction as it proceeds towards equilibrium.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, DCI - PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

Acids Bases

  • Diprotic Acid Titration - Explore titration of a strong diprotic acid with a strong base.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

BIOLOGY

Cell Structure Function

  • Osmosis - Explore movement of water molecules through a semi-permeable membrane from area of lower solute concentration to area of higher solute concentration.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, LS1.A: Structure and Function.

Heredity Evolution

  • Fitness - Explore how sexual selection and natural selection will cause favored alleles to become more common over time.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, LS3.B: Variation of Traits.

  • Mutation - Explore why some mutations survive and thrive, while others wither away.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, LS3.B: Variation of Traits.

PHYSICS

Fluids

  • Bernoulli's Principle - Investigate how Bernoulli's principle of fluids in motion and Newton's laws of motion determine the forces acting on an airplane that enable it to lift off the ground during take off.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, DCI - PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Shielding Students From Stereotypes and What's coming in April 2016

Hurrah! Spring is here. Spring is always an opportunity for a new beginning, for everything and everyone. "New research suggests that when students who are vulnerable to being stereotyped complete exercises that cause them to reflect on their own personal values, they perform better in class - and so do other students around them, even if those other students don’t complete the self-reflection tasks themselves". Read about this interesting research here.

If you think March interactives are awesome, check below the new ones that are coming in April.

CHEMISTRY

Acids Bases

  • Indicators - Interactive demonstrating that different indicators show color change at different pH and therefore correct indicator has to be selected for titration of a given acid-base combination.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

Kinetics Equilibrium

  • Rate of Chemical Reactions  - Interactive investigating the factors affecting reaction rates.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

  • Chemical Reaction Equilibrium - Interactive investigating the factors that shift the equilibrium of a reversible reaction as given by Le Chatelier’s Principle.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

BIOLOGY

Heredity Evolution

  • Genetic Drift Allele Fixation - Interactive exploring genetic drift phenomenon, which can eventually lead to allele fixation.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, LS3.B: Variation of Traits.

  • Speciation  - Interactive demonstrating how different types of isolation lead to selective breeding, which may eventually lead to emergence of new species.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, LS3.B: Variation of Traits.

PHYSICS

Fluids

  • Pressure Variation with Depth  - Interactive exploring static pressure exerted by a fluid at any point in space within that fluid.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS2.B: Types of Interactions.

Optics

  • Curved Optics - Interactive ray diagrams illustrating characteristics of image formation based on focal length and position of the object.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS4.A: Wave Properties.

Welcome home Scott Kelly, and what's coming in March 2016

After 140 million miles and 340 days, let's welcome astronaut Scott Kelly back on earth. His year long mission on the International Space Station will help us better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration in space. These are monumental steps towards developing capabilities for manned missions to Mars. Read more about it here.

As promised, the February 2016 scheduled updates are now live on prepmagic.com. March 2016, will bring some very exciting interactives as listed below.

CHEMISTRY

Acids & Bases

  • Strong-Weak Titration - Interactive demonstrating titration between weak acid and strong base. Compare and contrast with strong-strong titration curves.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

Chemical Equations

  • Balancing Chemical Equations - Interactive to practice balancing of chemical equations

NGSS: SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

BIOLOGY

Heredity & Evolution

  • Genetic Equilibrium - Interactive exploring genetic equilibrium condition proposed by the Hardy-Weinberg principle

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Systems and system models, LS3.B: Variation of Traits.

  • Natural Selection - Case of peppered moths - Interactive investigating how natural selection affects population distribution

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Systems and system models, LS4.B: Natural Selection.

PHYSICS

Electricity

  • Electrical Power - Interactive exploring the heating effect of electric current or Joule heating

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, PS2.B: Types of Interactions.

Sound & Waves

  • Doppler Effect - Interactive illustrating Doppler effect, the shift in frequency when the source and observer are in relative motion.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, PS4.A: Wave Properties.

  • Sub-sonic, Sonic & Super-sonic - Interactives exploring wave formations in case of objects moving slower or faster than speed of sound

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, PS4.A: Wave Properties.

Electromagnetic Waves

  • Amplitude Modulation of Radio Waves - Interactive exploring application of electromagnetic waves in communication technology, involving amplitude modulation of a carrier wave based on the signal wave.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Prepmagic.com invited to join Microsoft BizSpark Plus.

Washington D.C. (February 2, 2016),

Prepmagic.com, an innovative science education startup, today announced that it has been invited by Microsoft to participate in the Bizspark Plus program.

The BizSpark Plus is designed to provide high potential, high growth startups with resources, products and services from Microsoft. BizSpark Plus is offered by invitation only, exclusively through select Accelerators and VC firms. With this nomination, Prepmagic.com will also receive $120,000 in Microsoft Azure Cloud Services from Microsoft.

While announcing this partnership, Devendra Sahasrabudhe, Director of Engineering, said, "This elite membership, means our customers can continue to enjoy the benefits of being on Azure cloud; the most reliable, secure, and scalable cloud platform globally. With Azure engineered to handle any workload, we can offer our customers the same level of services, what 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies who are on Azure do."

About Prepmagic.com:

Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences, but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings. Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual story telling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving. To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district wide site license offers.

Effect of Moon’s tidal forces on the amount of rainfall on Earth and what's coming in February 2016

We are already a month into the new year, and it has been the most exciting times for us here at prepmagic.com. Though for many of us on the east coast, we did see some ugly effects of storm Jonas. Weather has always been a researchers enigma. More we think we know about it, more curve balls it throws at us. For the first time, University of Washington researchers, have convincingly connected the effect of Moon’s tidal forces on the amount of rainfall on Earth. Read more about it here.

So after the updates for January 2016 being live on prepmagic.com, this is what you should expect for the month of February 2016.

CHEMISTRY

Reactions

Types of Reactions - Interactives illustrating

  • different types of chemical reactions - synthesis, decomposition, single replacement, double replacement, neutralization, and combustion.
  • endothermic and exothermic processes.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.B: Chemical Reactions.

Solutions

Colligative Properties - Interactives demonstrating that

  • a liquid’s boiling point and freezing point are affected by changes in atmospheric pressure.
  • the presence of certain solutes and the number of solutes changes the freezing point and boiling point of a pure substance.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

Gases

Partial Pressure - Interactives demonstrating

  • that the sum of the partial pressures of all the components in a gas mixture is equal to the total pressure of a gas mixture.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

Phase Changes

Vapor Pressure - Interactives demonstrating

  • that a liquid boils when the vapor pressure equals the ambient pressure.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter.

BIOLOGY

Evolution

Fossil Dating - Interactives demonstrating 

  • methods to determine the age of a fossil using radioactive decay.

NGSS: SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Systems and system models, LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity.

Reproductive Strategies & Survival Rates  - Interactives investigating

  • the impact of reproductive strategies and rates on a population’s survival

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Systems and system models, LS4.C: Adaptation.

PHYSICS

Electric Circuits

Electrical Power - Interactives demonstrating that

  • the dissipated power of a circuit element equals the product of the voltage across that element and the current through it.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Systems and system models, PS2.B: Types of Interactions.

Sound & Waves

Wave Characteristics - Interactives illustrating various aspects of a wave, including

  • wavelength, period, frequency and amplitude
  • simple harmonic motion
  • velocity of sound waves versus medium of propagation

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, PS4.A: Wave Properties.

Prepmagic.com selected to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

Washington D.C. (December 10, 2015),

Prepmagic.com, an innovative science education startup, was selected from a large pool of global applicants, by Software and Information Industry Association's (SIIA/ETIN) flagship Innovation Incubator Program. The program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

SIIA's Innovation Incubator program is one of the earliest offerings to entrepreneurs who have new, innovative products in the ed tech market, it is also unique because it provides a peer review process by successful, established companies, then one-to-one mentorship to support the growth of the newest companies. It’s a great way for ETIN member companies to give back and help promote the next generation of creative solutions.

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

  • Ability to positively impact end users of the product
  • Ability to succeed in the education technology market
  • Level of originality and innovation

All Innovation Incubator finalists presented during the annual Education Business Forum (EBF), the leading business and finance conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology markets. The event was held on Dec. 8-9, 2015 at the AMA Executive Conference Center in New York City.

About Prepmagic.com
Prepmagic.com re-imagines how interactive simulations can be a driver of science teaching and learning. Prepmagic not only connects abstract STEM concepts to real world experiences but also allows the high school teachers to create custom interactive lessons and live formative assessments in both virtual and live classroom settings.

Prepmagic uniquely combines the power of interactive simulations, customizable contextual storytelling, and formative assessments, that make science teaching and learning not just fun and engaging but also encourages critical thinking and problem solving.To know more, signup on Prepmagic.com, or write to us at offers@prepmagic.com for a school or district-wide site license offers.

About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) division of SIIA represents and supports developers of educational software applications, digital content, online learning.

Welcome 2016 and what should you expect this month on Prepmagic

Wish you a very happy new year from the prepmagic.com team. The big news! The new year has been fantastic for the four who made it to the most elite club in the universe, 'the periodic table'. You can read more about it here.

Wanted to share our new year resolution with you. We will be sending you, at the beginning of the month, the list of what to expect in the month on prepmagic.com. This will be our commitment to you.In this month, we will be adding interactive simulations on acids and bases, solutions, gases, and energy in Chemistry. In Biology, we will have heredity, life functions, and ecosystems. Physics will see electrostatics and momentum. Check out our detailed list for January below.

CHEMISTRY

Solutions

Moles & Molarity - Series of interactives demonstrating:

  • Concept of a mole and how it relates to atomic mass
  • Molarity of a solution, based on moles of solute and volume of solvent
  • Diluting a solution

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Scale, proportion, and quantity, PS1 - Matter and its interactions.

Acids & Bases

Acid-Base Titration - Series of interactives on

  • Acid-base titration for exploring reaction between acids and bases, based on strength, molarity and pH value.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Scale, proportion, and quantity, PS1 - Matter and its interactions.

Gases

Gas Laws - Series of interactives demonstrating

  • behavior of gases and the relationship between pressure, volume and temperature using Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law and the ideal gas equation.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Scale, proportion, and quantity, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1 - Matter and its interactions

Energy

Heating, Temperature & Phase Change - Interactives to

  • investigate the process of heating and phase change using heating curves and to understand the concept of specific heat capacity and molar heat of fusion and vaporization.

Calorimetry - Series of interactives involving

  • use of calorimeter to monitor energy changes due to specific heat, molar heat of fusion and vaporization, heat of solution and to measure energy content of common food items.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Scale, proportion, and quantity, CCC - Energy and matter, PS1 - Matter and its interactions, PS3 - Energy.

BIOLOGY

Life Functions

Homeostasis - Interactives investigating

  • regulation of body temperature exhibited by endotherms, ectotherms and homeotherms.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Structure and function, CCC - Stability and change, LS1 - From molecules to organisms: Structures and processes

Heredity

Mendelian Inheritance - Interactives exploring

  • inheritance patterns based on Mendel's laws of heredity.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, LS3 - Heredity: Inheritance and variation of traits.

Ecosystem

Population Growth - Interactives to interpret

  • a population growth curve and understand the carrying capacity of populations.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Stability and change, LS2 - Ecosystems: Interactions, energy, and dynamics.

PHYSICS

Electrostatics

Coulomb's Law - Series of interactives demonstrating that

  • electrostatic force between two point charges is a function of their magnitudes and the distance separating the two, as given by Coulomb's Law.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Scale, proportion, and quantity, PS2 - Motion and stability: Forces and interactions.

Momentum

Elastic Collisions - Interactives showing that

  • linear momentum is the product of mass and velocity, and is conserved during an elastic collision along with the conservation of kinetic energy.

NGSS: SEP - Developing and using models, SEP - Planning and carrying out investigations, SEP - Analyzing and Interpreting Data, CCC - Patterns, CCC - Cause and effect, CCC - Stability and change, PS2 - Motion and stability: Forces and interactions.