Labdisc Lesson Library

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Labdisc Lesson Library

We have an extensive lesson library of activities ranging from elementary to high school and covering science areas for biology, chemistry, environmental, and physical science. These lessons allow students to experience hands-on STEM learning beyond the traditional science lab. Simply click on the lesson title to download!

LESSONS: Elementary School | Grades 3-5 | Middle/High School Biology | Middle/High School Chemistry | Middle/High School Environmental Studies | Middle/High School Physics | Project-Based Learning

Elementary School

Light Absorbency Checking and comparing the light absorbency of different pairs of sunglasses
Our Heart Rate Recording heart rate before and after exercise
A Walk in the Park Recording temperature changes at a city’s busy intersection and in a nearby park or garden
Night and Day Examining temperature and light changes over a full day
How Loud Is Sound? Measuring the decay of sound level over distance
The Temperature Around Us Recording the temperatures of different substances
What Is Distance? Examining the relationship between speed, time, and distance, and exploring graphs of distance versus time


Grades 3–5 Experiments

Air Pressure Measuring the air pressure inside a plastic bottle
All Charged Up Comparing the voltage and current output of different sized batteries
Conductors and Insulators Measuring the amount of electrical current flowing through different types of circuits
Coping with a Warm Environment Measuring environmental temperature and humidity
Feel the Beat Recording heart rate before and after exercise using an ear clip sensor
Make Your Own Battery Measuring the electricity produced by four different types of homemade batteries
Right on Target Recording heart rate before and after exercise using an ear clip sensor and determining target heart rate
Sources of Heat Other Than Sunlight Measuring heat created by mechanical and electrical sources
Temperatures Around Us Measuring environmental temperatures from a variety of locations around the school
The Sun’s Effects Measuring the temperatures of 10 different locations around the school yard
Weather and Climate Measuring daily weather conditions including temperature, humidity, air pressure, and precipitation
What’s the Weather Like Today? Measuring daily weather conditions—including temperature, humidity, air pressure, and precipitation—and comparing to measurements taken on other days
What’s the pHuss Measuring the pH of a variety of substances
A Walk in the Park Measuring ambient temperature and humidity to see how the presence of “green space” effects these parameters


Middle/High School Biology

Do Seeds Metabolize? Measuring carbon dioxide production in seeds before and during germination
Mammalian Diving Reflex Decreasing the heart rate when submerged in cold water to preserve body heat
City Microclimate Measuring temperature and humidity in green areas and around urban areas
Acid Rain Determining the pH of acid rain and understanding the effects of it
Beer-Lambert Law Measuring percentage transmittance of solutions at different concentrations
Sweat Production Measuring temperature and humidity changes relative to perspiration
Our Heart Rate Measuring our heart rate at rest and after physical activity
Temperature Variation Between Night and Day Measuring thermal oscillation and luminosity during a full day
Photosynthesis Measuring air pressure inside an active photosynthetic system
Photosynthesis—Dissolved Oxygen Measuring dissolved oxygen inside an active photosynthetic system


Middle/High School Chemistry

Titration Using the technique of acid-base titration to find the concentration of a strong acid
Endo/Exothermic Reactions Performing different measurements to examine which reactions release or consume heat
Specific Heat Heating different liquids to the same temperature (70 degrees celcius) and comparing their individual cooling curves
Water Phase Changes Analyzing temperature changes in water as a result of a physical state transition
Boyle’s Law Measuring air pressure in a closed container while verifying the relationship between air pressure and volume
Liquid Conductivity Studying the relationship between dissolved ions and the conductivity of a saline water solution
Beer-Lambert Law Measuring percentage transmittance of solutions at different concentrations
Candle Flame Measuring the temperature of a flame according to the “three zones model”
How Acidic Are the Things We Drink? Measuring the pH of different beverages
How Does Atmospheric Pressure Vary? Measuring atmospheric pressure at different levels above sea level


Middle/High School Environmental Studies

Exploring Our Environment 14 hands-on environmental science experiments
Water Quality Measuring and comparing the turbidity of different water sources and the effect on aquatic life
UV and Sunblock Measuring and comparing the levels of ultraviolet radiation through different types of filters
Cloud Detection Measuring infrared temperature from the environment to characterize the current weather
Greenhouse Effect Using a greenhouse to model the effects of the atmosphere on Earth’s temperature
Liquid Conductivity Studying the relationship between dissolved ions and the conductivity of a saline water solution
Acid Rain Determining the pH of acid rain and understanding the effects of it
Variation of Light Intensity Measuring the light intensity of different light sources
City Microclimate Measuring environmental temperature and humidity in green areas and around urban areas
Photosynthesis Measuring air pressure inside an active photosynthetic system
Photosynthesis—Dissolved Oxygen Measuring dissolved oxygen inside an active photosynthetic system
Temperature Variation Between Night and Day Measuring thermal oscillation and luminosity during a full day


Middle/High School Physics

Earth’s Magnetic Field Measuring the Earth’s magnetic field at a given location
Newton’s Second Law Studying the behavior of a propelled car
Elastic Pendulum Observing changes in the elastic force exerted by a spring acting as a pendulum
Biot-Savart Law Studying the magnetic field intensity variations around an inducting coil
Hooke’s Law Studying the elongation produced in springs
Ohm’s Law Exploring Ohm’s law in parallel and series circuits
Change in Momentum Demonstrating the conservation of momentum
Speed of Movement Measuring the speed of a moving object in different situations
Free Fall Observing and analyzing the free fall motion of a bouncing ping pong ball
Lenz’s Law Verifying Lenz’s law by measuring the electric current flowing through a coil created by an external magnetic field
Boyle’s Law Measuring air pressure in a closed container while verifying the relations between air pressure and volume
Sound Waves Recording sound waves and sound wave interference
Variation of Light Intensity Measuring the light intensity of different light sources
Friction Investigating static and kinetic friction of a body on different surfaces


Project-Based Learning

Project GLOBE Build a student weather station at your school and use the Labdisc to collect ongoing data about the weather conditions in your area
Project Nest Box Collect data on light, humidity, sound, and temperature both inside and outside nesting boxes to find out what features make a birdhouse ideal
Turn Down the Noise Measure the impact of noise pollution in your community and share this information with community leaders to help make your school and community a better and healthier place
What’s It Like Out There? Include a Labdisc GenSci or Labdisc Enviro as part of the payload of a high-altitude, near-space weather balloon to record temperature, air pressure, sound, and GPS location during the balloon’s ascent and descent

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