Located within New Hampshire's Odiorne Point State Park, the Seacoast Science Center is a conservation nonprofit committed to "a healthy World Ocean." Readers who cannot visit the center in person will still find plenty to explore online. Visitors are welcomed to the site by a starfish, smiling seal, and list of upcoming events. Hop over to the menu icon in the top right corner for a detailed look at the site's content. For example, educators will enjoy the Rocky Shore Curriculum (found under the For Educators tab), an in-depth learning packet with seven weeks of material aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Principles. This section offers both lesson plans and a unit schedule. The Explore & Learn and Workshops & Webinars tabs feature photo galleries, primers on ocean conservation, recorded presentations, and other informative materials. The Blog is another great resource, helping readers stay up-to-date on marine science. The Seacoast Science Center is supported by several sponsors, including the New Hampshire State Parks system.
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The revered quantum physicist Richard Feynman once quipped, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” And yet, the study of quantum mechanics has given birth to the laser, the microchip, and the electron microscope. What’s going on here? You can find out by taking Quantum Physics I, a completely free online class from MIT. The Syllabus is a great way to get situated with the course offerings and the Readings section offers links to help purchase the necessary books. When ready, strap yourself into your office chair and launch into the 24 hour-long Lecture Videos. Don’t forget the Lecture Notes (you’ll need those!), as well as Assignments, Exams, and Study Materials. If you have ever longed to understand the Higgs Boson or wondered how a photon can act as either a particle or a wave, this incredible, knowledge packed course from one of the top scientific universities in the world is for you.
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