Submitting data for IAPS activities: Some IAPS activities provide the opportunity for students in classrooms across the country to compare their data with each other. Click on the appropriate link to submit your students' data.
Shown below are several sites that relate to Issues & Physical Science (IAPS). Some provide background information to supplement the information in the student book, others provide links to supplemental information and articles you may choose to use with students.
Below is a list of newspaper articles and websites that link current events to issues explored in IAPS. Use these with your students to foster discussion about current science issues.
Unit A - Studying Materials Scientifically
Visit the Green Cleaning Network to explore resources and discussions about ways to clean that minimize impact on the environment and human health.
Unit B – The Chemistry of Materials
Unit C – Water
Unit D – Energy
Unit E – Force and Motion
Handling Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Materials Team Training
These two videos explore the training and protective gear used by the fire department in Tampa, Florida when responding to incidents involving hazardous materials. They are long, so it is best to preview and select short segments to show your students.
Hazardous Materials at Home
Reduce and Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste by the US Environmental Protection Agency provides strategies for reducing hazardous materials at home.
Choosing a Cleaner
The Household Products Database provides safety, health, and disposal information for household products. This database is searchable by major category or product name.
Product Life Cycle
"Green Chemistry Takes Root" by Elizabeth Weise. USA Today, November 22,
Properties of Plastics
The American Chemistry Council Learning Center
This site offers several resources to help teach about plastics and recycling.
Consumer Fact sheet on Copper by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Reclaiming the Metal
Current Primary and Metal Scrap Prices can be found at
The Green Computer Challenge
Below are electronic versions of the transparencies that were previously only available in the kit:
John Snow and the Search for Evidence
On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, (John Snow, 1855).
John Snow's 1855 book "On the Mode of Communication of Cholera" is available at this site sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in UCLA's School of Public Health. This webpage includes the first 38 pages of the book and provides links to the complete book and to maps and more information on John Snow.
Home Energy Use
The Utility Connection has links to over 2,000 local utility companies.
To find power generating web pages for your area, try an Internet search for "your state or city + power or electricity," or try the web site of your local electric utility company.
The Energy Information Administration provides maps of the United States showing power plant locations for individual states.
Tennessee Valley Authority: Reservoirs and Power Plants
This site provides links to all of TVA's power generating plants.
California Independent System Operator
At this site the daily forecasted available energy resources and actual demand in the state of California are show in both graph and data table format.
Bonneville Power Administration
This site provides free videos for teachers in the Northwest.
Foundation for Water and Energy: "Turning to Hydropower" Includes a "walk through" of a hydroelectric power plant plus a design to make a water powered generator.
It's a Noisy World
Dangerous Decibels: Virtual Exhibit This website, from the Oregon Health and Science University, features a number of interactive simulations on various aspects of sound.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss This website, from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, explains the cause of noise-induced hearing loss.
Blocking Out Ultraviolet
EPA: UV Index Want to know what the UV index is for your community? Find out from this website from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Personal Protection Plan
Current UV Index Forecast Want to know the UV forecast for your region? This website from NOAA is here to help.