Natural Sciences Activities

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Dr. Mineral: Science, Form, and Beauty

Meet Dr. Mineral; also known as ASU Professor Tom Sharp, a geologist who specializes in mineralogy, field geology and electron microscopy. View specimens in incredible detail and learn about the science, structure and beauty of minerals.

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Combustion Reactions

Combustion reactions are an exciting and important type of chemical reactions. A variety of combustion reactions are presented, along with their importance.

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Have A Bright Idea: Learn How to Light a Bulb

Have a bright idea and learn how to light a bulb. Join the Physics faculty at ASU Polytechnic in this presentation to learn the properties of series and parallel circuits using simple mini light bulbs and batteries.

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Biomimicry: Exploring Nature-Inspired Design

The practice of biomimicry offers a unique approach to sustainable innovation. In this biomimicry primer, participants will virtually explore one unique organism that promises many ideas to draw from, and learn how to create a design based on the organism's features. This demonstration includes strategies for observing and learning from nature and an overview of the biomimicry thinking process. Join us to ask the question: "What would nature do?"

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GEOPIG: Into the field! An exploration in geochemistry

Meet the Group Exploring Organic Processes in Geochemistry (GEOPIG). This presentation will show basic concepts in geochemistry and how scientists work in the field in places like Yellowstone National Park. See a demonstration of gases dissolved in water using a can of soda, and simple water-rock interactions. Our demonstration of fieldwork will use a local water source, take the temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen measurements and compare with samples collected from a Yellowstone hot spring. Will there be a difference? Find out how your water source compares to a hot spring.

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Einstein's Photoelectric Effect

For centuries people debated if light was a particle or a wave. Einstein in his groundbreaking work in 1905 finally settled the question. Both! In this video we talk about how Einstein was inspired to think about the Photoelectric effect and what the over-reaching effects of his principle are. We also discuss how to this day we still use his principle in our research of solar panels, CAT scans and the study of different materials.

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Online Labster ASU Biology Degree

ASU Online will share some of the innovations ASU is employing to deliver a premium online college experience. ASU Online showcases the relationships and technologies that are the foundation of all our programs through an augmented reality experience.

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Poker probabilities (in under one minute)

Assuming that all possible 5-card poker hands are equally likely, what is the probability of being dealt 1 pair, 2 pairs, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind? This video gives a proof in under one minute, following Khachaturian's Sabre Dance. Brought to you by associate professor Nicolas Lanchier.

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Biomimicry: Exploring Nature-Inspired Design

The practice of biomimicry offers a unique method for creating sustainable innovation. In this virtual workshop, participants will be 1) introduced to the basics of biomimicry thinking; 2) get tips on how to observe organisms in nature; and 3) learn how to apply nature’s strategies in generating their own innovative designs. So join us to ask the question: "What would nature do?"

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Catching the Next Wave

This movie is a simulation showing movement of a fluid inside a rectangular cavity. The fluid is heated from above and cooled from below, resulting in a stable temperature stratification. When the cavity is oscillated up-and-down, the fluid experiences an instability which develops into a full-fledged wave-breaking event. The movie illustrates this event over ten oscillation periods, using the temperature to visualize the flow. The simulation was conducted over one month on the ASU Agave supercomputer. Brought to you by postdoctoral scholar Jason Yalim and associate professors Juan Lopez and Bruno Welfert.

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Sling Shot Into Space

Have you ever wondered how far and how fast can a rocket fly? With the help of our ASU Physics instructors virtual demonstration, you can learn how to build a model rocket step by step and learn the physics behind it. You can then launch it and compete against a family member to see how far and how fast yours can fly!!!

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NASA Psyche Mission: Journey to a Metal World

Psyche is the name of an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter and the name of a NASA space mission to visit that asteroid, led by Arizona State University. The full spacecraft, including the solar panels, is about the size of a singles tennis court! Join Psyche’s journey today by building and decorating your own scale model. When you are done, we invite you to share it on social media with #PsycheSpaceCRAFTY or submit it to https://psyche.asu.edu/get-involved/psyche-space-crafty

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Discovery of the Electron

Our modern understanding of the atom has a story that begins in the 4th century B.C.E., around the time of Aristotle. See how, over 2000 years later, the electron was discovered. See a beam of electrons, called a cathode ray, in a cathode ray tube, the ancestor to the television.

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Ask a Physicist

Ask a Physicist is a monthly webinar series, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. Each month they address the big questions in physics with viewers participating in the discussion during the live event!

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Build your Own Mini-Siege Engine!

It may not be able to launch a 90 kilogram projectile over 300 meters, but this little catapult can throw just about anything you can fit in the bucket. Join the physics group at ASU's Polytechnic campus in this demonstration to learn how to build your own personal siege engine. This catapult only requires very simple materials, does not take very long to build, and is easy to construct so anyone can make one.

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Math can save the world

There are so many amazing applications of math in medicine, sport, space sciences, artificial intelligence, biology and even music! When mathematicians solve equations and draw graphs of functions - we also save patients lives in hospitals and send shuttles to space. The beauty of mathematics can be described with theorems and proofs, but also with lists of data, models and simulations. Brought to you by lecturer Julia Inozemtseva

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How Strong is Strong?

Do you like strong coffee? The concentration of solutions is important whether you're talking about the weather, swimming pools or your coffee.

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ASU & NASA Missions: Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies

Discover ASU's involvement in current and upcoming NASA missions. Meet planetary geologist Dr. David Williams, Director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies for an exciting overview of how ASU explores Earth - and way beyond.

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Interactions of Light and Matter

Rainbows, fireworks, and studying stars and planets all have something in common -- they involve the interaction of light and matter. This presentation shows how what we see and can measure, even light-years away, is determined by the behavior of electrons.