This lesson helps students develop a deep and meaningful understanding of motion physics by playing a video game mash-up of the classic Super Mario Bros. and the popular new wave game Portal. You can use the youtube video to give yourself some other ideas of ways the game can be used to illustrate physics concepts in the classroom. This game is a really great way to actually show students these forces at work with familiar and fun characters and games that they are sure to really enjoy.
In this lesson, students will learn to differentiate between asteroids, meteors, meteorites, and meteoroids, they will think about their definitions and representations in science and popular culture, and they will consider ways to go about further explaining these phenomena to an audience through a critical, creative-writing piece.
Students explore a new study on the genetics of homosexuality and discuss whether sexual orientation is determined biologically or through personal choice.