Inside the classroom.

Learning happens inside the classroom. And it also happens outside the classroom. I work hard to take science concepts beyond the text book and show real life applications. Below you will find classroom projects, as well as worksheets from optional field trips and extra credit movie worksheets.

Fellow teachers, feel free to use any lesson plans.

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Belmont Park

The optional Saturday field trip to Belmont Park is always one of my best attended events. Belmont Park is an oceanfront playground, perfect for studying the Laws of Momentum.

Notice the green elastic before.

Now the green elastic shows acceleration.

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Here I pull the paper while hold market pens stationary to demonstrate the period and frequency of waves.

Max Waves from Ted McColl on Vimeo.
A classic Slinky demonstrates wave enery.

Waves at Del Mar from Ted McColl on Vimeo.

Waves 2 from Ted McColl on Vimeo.
These two videos demonstrate constructive interference.

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I teach a lesson where my students have to develop a monthly budget for the energy needs of an apartment. No, not all of their electric bill can go towards running their XBox.
Check out My Apartment Energy Budget by Ted McColl

Is it cheaper to pay the water and electricity to do your laundry at home or to go to a laundromat?

Kids can figure that out using the Laundrymat vs Wash at Home Lesson by Ted McColl

This handy dandy guide Energy Budget from SDG&E gives kids the info they need to calculate their energy needs.

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Point Loma Lighthouse

A trip to the Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument is a great opportunity to chat about light refraction, erosion and other concepts.

Check out the Cabrillo National Monument Earth Science Worksheet by Ted McColl

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The Art of Science

I use famous works of art to illustrate science concepts.

Street Noise Invades the House by Boccioni.

Descending Staircase by Marcel Duchamp.

Desending Staircase Study by Marcel Duchamp.

Detroit Industry by Diego Riviera.

Other Detroit works by Diego Riviera.

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Miramar Airshow

The Miramar Airshow is one of the largest in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of people come to see jet fighters, helicopters, biplanes and everything in between. And without realizing it, they’re also seeing some mighty fine physics principles at work.

Photo courtesy of Mirarmar Airshow.

Check out the Air Show Extra Credit Worksheet from Ted McColl here.

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California Center for Sustainable Energy

The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating change for a clean energy future. They have excellent resources for teachers.

Check out the CCSE Worksheet by Ted McColl here.

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San Diego Maritime Museum

The San Diego Maritime Museum, which includes 13 ships including the Star of India, the oldest continuous sailing ship in the world, is a place where the concepts of wind, steam, power, and navigation come alive. It also has some of the best oceanography exhibits.

Check out the San Diego Maritime Museum worksheet by Ted McColl here.

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Midway Field Trip

Calculating the acceleration of a catapult launch at the U.S.S. Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked at a San Diego’s harbor, is a physics wonderland.

Check out the Midway Earth Science worksheet here.

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Silent Running Worksheet

A gem from 1971 (with theme songs by Joan Baez!), Silent Running depicts a future in which all plant life on Earth has been made extinct. Only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, just outside the orbit of Saturn. This film poses some still timely conservation questions.

Check out the Silent Running Extra Credit Movie Worksheet Ted McColl.

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