SEPUP Science Grade 6: Student Links
Unit 1: Chemistry
IUPAC – International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry: Periodic Table of the Elements
Click on “Periodic Table of the Elements” to download the latest version of the table approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC).
Roller Coaster Energy
Funderstanding Roller Coaster
Design a roller coaster online, changing the height of hills and a loop, the speed of the coaster, friction, gravity, and more.
Design a Roller Coaster
At this site you can participate in a short project to create your own roller coaster. Then you can have it evaluated for “safety” and “fun” scores.
Phases of Water
This site provides a simulation that demonstrates what happens at the molecular level as water changes phase from ice, to liquid, to gas. To investigate these changes, follow the two steps below.
1. Click on the start arrow and observe and record what happens to the water molecules as the temperature:
a. changes from -20 to 0°C
b. reaches 0°C and maintains this temperature
c. changes from 0 to 100°C
d. reaches 100°C and maintains this temperature
e. increases in temperature from 100°C to 150°C
2. What observable changes are happening to the water at each stage (a through e) above? In other words, what phases or phases—solid, liquid, or gas—are present at each stage?
National Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions
Visit this site to see a list of the top 20 carbon dioxide producing countries and how their emissions compare.
Household Energy Efficiency
Department of Energy: Energy Saver
This site developed by the United States Department of Energy’s explains more about making an apartment or home energy-efficient.
Home Energy Checklist for Action
Visit this site to see what you can do starting today to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
How You Can Save Energy
Visit this site to read a list of things you can do at home to reduce your energy costs.
Improving Energy Efficiency
Home Energy Saver
Enter your zip code on this site to calculate how you and your family can save energy in the area in which you live.
PhET Simulation: The Ramp
In this PhET simulation, see the forces, energy, and work needed to move household objects up and down a ramp.
Investigating Pulley Systems
Investigate the effects on force and distance in a variety of pulley systems.
Play this simple machines game from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Go to the U.S. Department of Energy’s site for the latest information on storing radioactive waste, including the Yucca Mountain Repository.
The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
Find gemstones grouped by a range of search criteria, including color and crystal shape. The site also has information about minerals, a photo gallery, and a glossary. Site authored by Hershel Friedman.
Minerals by Name
An alphabetical listing of minerals. The description of each mineral includes a photo, its chemistry, and its physical characteristics. Site developed by Amethyst Galleries, Inc.
The Continent Puzzle
Plate Tectonics Animation
You can choose the length of time you would like to animate the movement of the continents, beginning as early as 750 million years ago. Site maintained by the University of California’s Museum of Paleontology.
Historical Perspective of Plate Tectonics
See five images that trace the movement of the earth’s continents over the last 225 million years at this U.S. Geological Survey site.
Major Tectonic Plates of the World
This U.S. Geological Survey site contains a world map with major tectonic plates identified by name.
You can see a world map with vectors showing the direction and magnitude of movement within tectonic plates. Site developed by the late John C. Butler, a professor at the University of Houston.
Other Types of Plate Motion
SEPUP Plate Motion Simulation
Observe the movement of convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries over periods of time from 10 years to 20 million years.
Activity 60 Observing Objects in Space
Activity 63 Where in the Solar System Am I?
Activity 66 The Nearest Star: The Sun
Activity 68 The Effects of Gravity
Activity 69 Exploring Outer Space
Activity 70 Choosing a Mission
Observing Objects in Space
View tonight’s sky from your computer!
Where in the Solar System Am I?
Solar System Exploration
NASA website on the planets in the Solar System.
The Nearest Star: The Sun
The Effects of Gravity
PhET Simulation: Gravity Force Lab
In this PhET simulation, you can visualize the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other.
Exploring Outer Space
Have you ever wondered what is it like to travel in space? The following NASA sites describe how astronauts handle everyday tasks like getting dressed, eating, sleeping, and exercising while in a microgravity environment.
Are you interested in becoming an astronaut? These NASA sites will help you learn what you can do to work toward a career in space.
Choosing a Mission
NASA Science: Planets
Current planet explorations.
NASA: Current Missions
What to know what missions are currently underway at NASA? Click on the link above Current NASA missions.
Looking for Signs of Microlife
Microbes Under View
Click on an organism in pond water to find out more about it! Follow the links to the “smallest page on the web” to see actual photographs of these microbes.
View interactive models of plant and animal cells. You can also click on cell animations to see the cell cycle and cell reproduction.
The History of the Cell Theory
University of California Museum of Paleontology: Biography of Robert Hooke
See images from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia in this biography of the seventeenth century scientist and inventor. Site maintained by University of California Museum of Paleontology.
A site devoted to recognizing Robert Hooke’s accomplishments and inventions. Site hosted by Westminster School in London, England.