Math and Science Activities from Jefferson Lab

6th Grade Activities and Materials

Background Materials

Vocabulary List - words and terms used by students while at Jefferson Lab.

What is Matter? - an overview of the structure of matter.

What is Jefferson Lab? - an overview of Jefferson Lab and it's role in exploring matter.

Careers at Jefferson Lab - a brief discussion of the types of technical jobs at Jefferson Lab and the education needed for each one.

Periodic Table of Elements - a listing of all currently known elements through number 118.

Puzzles and Games

BEAMS Word Search - Words from the BEAMS Vocabulary List are hidden vertically, horizontally, backwards and diagonally in this word search puzzle.

Element Word Search - Find the names of 40 elements hidden vertically, horizontally, backwards and diagonally in this word search puzzle!

Geometry Word Search - Find 32 terms used in origami and geometry hidden vertically, horizontally, backwards and diagonally in this word search puzzle!

BEAMS Bingo - Learn words from the BEAMS Vocabulary List by playing a game of bingo!

Element Bingo - Learn the elements' chemical symbols by playing a game of bingo!

BEAMS Crossword Puzzle - Complete the crossword puzzle with words from the BEAMS Vocabulary List.

BEAMS Cryptograph - Use a secret code to discover words from the BEAMS Vocabulary List.

Mystery Picture - Practice plotting coordinates while uncovering a mystery picture!

BEAMS Fractions - Reduce fractions and use a code to find the names of the six quarks.

Scrambled Science Words - Unscramble words from the BEAMS Vocabulary List.

BEAMS Spelling Search - Find and fix the misspelled words.

Lab Activities

A Different Way of Measuring - students determine the area of a dime using a method similar to one used by nuclear physicists to determine the cross-sectional area of a nucleus.

Cold Stuff - students investigate different materials to determine which makes the best insulator.

Design and Engineering - students work in teams to design and build aluminum boats that will carry the most cargo.

Electrostatics - students use a Van de Graaff generator to study charges and electricity

Hot and Cold - students observe the effects of temperature extremes.

Human Accelerator - students simulate Jefferson Lab's accelerator by passing tennis balls down a straight line.

Jefferson Lab Treasure Hunt - students take a tour of Jefferson Lab.

Looking for the Top Quark - students practice locating coordinates on a grid.

Magnets and Electromagnets - students construct and test the strengths of two electromagnets.

Microscopes - students observe objects using microscopes.

Mystery Math - students find another's secret number.

Oobleck - students explore the properties of a strange substance.

Role Model Visits - students learn about Lab employees and their careers

The Shape of Things - students determine the shape of a hidden target.

The Slow Bicycle Race - students compute the speed at which they rode a bicycle.

Technology - students harness the power of the internet to complete a scavenger hunt