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8th Grade

MS-PS1 Matter and its Interactions

    MS-PS1-5:  Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.

    MS-PS1-6:  Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes.

MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

    MS-PS2-2:  Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

    MS-PS2-3:  Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

    MS-PS2-4:  Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

    MS-PS2-5:  Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objectsexerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact. 

MS-PS3 Energy

    MS-PS3-3Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

    MS-PS3-4:  Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample.

MS-PS4 Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

    MS-PS4-1Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

    MS-PS4-2:  Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

    MS-PS4-3:  Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.

MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems

    MS-ESS2-5:  Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.

    MS-ESS2-6:  Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

    MS-ESS3-2:  Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.

    MS-ESS3-5:  Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.