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This lengthy resource includes many activities from labs to design challenges that include:
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There are many connections to science concepts and some to design and build challenges as well.

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Physics
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Lesson
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Reference Material
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NASA
Author:
Ann Schwartz
Carla B. Rosenberg
Carol Hodanbosi
Melissa J. B. Rogers
Ph.D. Carla B. Rosenberg
Samantha Beres
03/28/2018
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This is an activity about comparing images of the Sun in different wavelengths of light. Learners will examine solar images taken by the SOHO spacecraft to look for differences in the features that are visible in the various wavelengths of light. This activity requires access to the internet to view or print images of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This activity is about planetary climate. Once familiar with the factors that determine a planet's surface temperature, learners will use an interactive spreadsheet model of a planet's atmosphere to determine if greenhouse gases, luminosity of the source, the distance of the planet from the source and the albedo of the planet can be manipulated so that the average surface temperature on Mars or Venus could support human life. Learners will then be asked to make some conclusions about these methods and suggest improvements for the spreadsheet model (see related resources for link to this model). The activity requires use of Microsoft Excel software. This is Activity D in the fourth module, titled "How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures?," of "Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate?."

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
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Data Set
Full Course
Student Guide
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the provided information about each planet in order to make graphs and Venn diagrams. Then, using both, learners will identify similarities and differences of the planets in the Solar System. This is Activity C-11 as part of The Universe At Your Fingertips curriculum, available for purchase.

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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Since the Industrial Revolution, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has risen from ~280ppm (parts per million by volume) to ~390ppm in 2010. The rate of increase for the last decade (2001-2010) has been 2.04ppm/yr, more than double the rate for the 1960's. Most scientists agree that human actions are the primary cause of the increase, the rise in Earth's average temperature since the mid-1900's and recent climate change. In this problem-based learning activity, learners develop a carbon mitigation strategy to address climate change issues. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
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Unit of Study
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This problem-based learning module places learners in the role of researchers analyzing carbon monoxide's environmental impact. Both vehicle emissions and biomass burning are cited as events producing carbon monoxide that impact the environment. Instructions for accessing NASA data from four different sources are provided along with suggested resources and investigations for classroom use. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
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Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about solar flare activity. Learners will use whole-Sun maps of magnetic activity in order to identify possible future magnetic activity. They will take into account the rotation of the Sun and make day-to-day predictions of the overall Earth-side magnetic activity as suspected farside features rotate onto the Earth-side, and as Earth-side features rotate out of view onto the farside. Finally, learners will check the accuracy of their predictions. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the Stanford University solar magnetic map archive from 1996 to 2011 and the GOES X-ray image archive. This is Activity 9 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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Students will create and test water filtration systems similar to what astronauts use to filter their dirty water on the international space station. Students will test water before and after the filtration process. They will use the pH of the water when it comes out of the tap and when it is considered grey water as their baseline for deciding if the water that has been filtered is "clean". Students are provided with easy to find materials and give directions on how to create the water filtration system with the independent variable being the media that is used to filter the water. Based on the results of the different filter media, students will look for patterns and develop conclusions as to which media works best and provide explanations for why.

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Technology and Engineering
Chemistry
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
06/30/2016
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In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud classification, and the role of clouds in heating and cooling the Earth; how to interpret TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) images and data; and the role clouds play in the Earth’s radiant budget and climate. Students assume the role of weather interns in a state climatology office and assist a frustrated student in a homework assignment. Learning is supported by a cloud in a bottle and an ice-albedo demonstration, a three-day cloud monitoring outdoor activity, and student journal assignments. The hands-on activities require two 2-liter soda bottles, an infrared heat lamp, and two thermometers. The resource includes a teacher's guide, questions and answer key, assessment rubric, glossary, and an appendix with information supporting PBL in the classroom.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners analyze the role of condensation trails from jets, or contrails, and their role in climate change. Contrails are thin ice clouds that form from the burning of jet fuel and release of water vapor. The issue with contrails is that narrow trails can spread and coalesce to form significant banks of cirrus-type clouds. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is a math-science integrated unit about spectrographs. Learners will find and calculate the angle that light is transmitted through a holographic diffraction grating using trigonometry. After finding this angle, the students will build their own spectrographs in groups and research and design a ground or space-based mission using their creation. After the project is complete, student groups will present to the class on their trials, tribulations, and findings during this process. The activity is part of Project Spectra, a science and engineering program for middle-high school students, focusing on how light is used to explore the Solar System.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Full Course
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students take on the role of a student research scientist and explore the role of solar energy in determining climate, focusing on the urban heat island effect. Students conduct research and compare temperatures between two cities, and determine the factors that are responsible for the difference exhibited between them. The lesson is supported by teacher notes, answer key, glossary and an appendix with information about using PBL in the classroom. This is the third of three activities in Investigating the Climate System: Energy, a Balancing Act, and serves as an authentic assessment for all three modules.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about modeling the apparent motion of the Sun as seen from Earth. Learners will use a flashlight, toothpick, and styrofoam model Sun to mimic the relative shadow motion produced by a sundial. The activity will help learners understand that because the Earth rotates from West to East, the Sun appears to rise in the East and set in the West. This is Activity 6 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about observing and mapping sunspots by direct solar observation. Learners will use a small telescope, binoculars, or a Sunspotter to create a projected image of the Sun and trace the position of any observed sunspots on a piece of paper. Additionally, learners will mark the direction of the Sun image’s motion. This is Activity 2 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This interactive, online module reviews the basics of the the electromagnetic spectrum and makes the connection between radiation theory and the images we get from weather satellites. Students will learn about: the electromagnetic spectrum; electromagnetic waves; the electromagnetic spectrum and radiation theory; and how satellite radiometers "see" different sections of the spectrum. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners explore the possibilities of sustainable energy, and engage in a project to provide electricity for their city using alternative energy sources. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
Unrestricted Use
Public Domain
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This site presents challenges faced by NASA engineers who are developing the next generation of aerospace vehicles. The challenges: thermal protection systems, spacecraft structures, electrodynamic propulsion systems, propellers, and personal satellite assistants. Students design, build, test, re-design, and re-build models that meet specified design criteria, using the same analytical skills as engineers.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
08/05/2004
Unrestricted Use
Public Domain
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Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
12/23/2015
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The 9-session NASA Family Science Night program invites middle school children and their families to discover the wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics being performed at NASA and in everyday life. Family Science Night programs explore various themes on the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, and the Universe through fun, hands-on activities, including at-home experiments. Information about Family Science Night implementation and support resources, including the facilitator's guide, are available by registering on the Family Science Night Facilitators website (see Related & Supplemental Resources for link).

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Simulation
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about using what you can see to identify what you cannot see. Learners will examine images of the Sun taken over one complete solar rotation and look for data features that appear on the farside of the Sun which persist at the same location as the Sun rotates to bring that part to the side facing Earth. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the Stanford University solar magnetic map archive from 1996 to 2011. This is Activity 6 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about cause and effect. Learners will investigate various online sources to find data and other pertinent information regarding reported effects on Earth for the solar events they identified in the previous activities in this curriculum set. Then, they will summarize their findings for this activity as part of the overall Space Weather project. This is Activity 13 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about searching online data archives for solar wind events. Learners will find at least three episodes of increased solar wind activity impacting Earth using direct measurements of solar wind velocity and density. Then, they will characterize each events by its rise time, the time it takes for the solar wind speed to rise from normal levels to the peak speed of the event, and the percentage increase in solar wind velocity. This is Activity 11 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about ultraviolet light. Learners will make ultraviolet light detector bracelets and use them to experiment with artificial light and sunlight. Then, they experiment with various sun-blocking materials to see how such materials impact the beads' absorption of ultraviolet light. Special UV detecting beads are required for this activity. This is Activity 3 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn about global precipitation patterns. They assume the role of climatologists and teach a newspaper reporter about the scientific method, explore how rainfall patterns impact society using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data, and brainstorm needed weather instruments to be built in the future. The resource includes teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning. This resource is the third of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System:Precipitation.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about comparing images of the Sun in different wavelengths of light. Learners will examine solar images taken by the SOHO spacecraft to look for differences in the features that are visible in the various wavelengths of light. This activity requires access to the internet to view or print images of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about how light travels. Learners will perform two experiments. The first explores blocking light to create shadows. The second asks learners to use mirrors to figure out that light travels in a straight line. This is Activity 4 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum. This activity requires use of a room that can be darkened.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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In this problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students take on the role of a student research scientist and explore the role of solar energy in determining climate. Students conduct experiments to observe how a change in water phase affects surface temperatures. Materials required for the investigation include 2 aquariums, dry sand or soil, two heat lamps, and two thermometers.The lesson is supported by teacher notes, answer key, glossary and an appendix with information about using PBL in the classroom. This is the second of three activities in Investigating the Climate System: Energy, a Balancing Act.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn how the intensity and distribution of rainfall and the structure of clouds are critical information for flight navigators. Students assume the role of climatologists and assist a newspaper reporter in determining the veracity of a pilot's statement about weather conditions he encountered in flight using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data. The resource includes teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning. This resource is the second of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System:Precipitation.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn about weather forecasting and the role of the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite in data collection. Assuming the role of climatologists, students assist a reporter in determining the accuracy of weather predictions published in The Old Farmer's Almanac. The lesson requires a street map of the local community, acetate sheets to cover the map, materials needed to build a homemade rain gauge, and sample pages of the almanac. Teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning are included. This resource is the first of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System: Precipitation.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about using what you can see to identify what you cannot see. Learners will use the criteria they developed in the previous activity in this sequence and analyze whole Sun magnetic map data sets in order to find suspected sunspots on the far side of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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Temperature increases associated with global climate change have led to concerns that infectious diseases common in warmer tropical and subtropical climates may become more common in warming middle altitudes. In this problem-based learning module, learners investigate the connections between disease and climate change. Additional resources and activities are also provided. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about magnetism. Learners will experiment using horseshoe and bar magnets along with various materials in order to identify the effects of magnets on each other and on other materials. This is the third activity as part of the iMAGiNETICspace: Where Imagination, Magnetism, and Space Collide educator's guide. Instructions for downloading the iBook educator's guide and the associated Transmedia book student guide are available at the resource link.

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is a lesson about size and scale of the solar system. Learners will review the structure, content and size of the Solar System. This lesson is designed using the 5E instructional model and includes: teacher training, unit pacing guides, essential questions, a black-line master science notebook, a student presentation booklet, supplemental materials, and vocabulary for both students and teachers. This is lesson 1 as part of the Mars Rover Celebration Unit, a six week long curriculum.

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Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is a lesson about how to learn about Mars. Learners will explore the features of Mars through a demonstration of Google Earth Mars, gather, and analyze data from multiple sources on the internet as well as print sources, develop and use strategies for reading informational text to systematically find information, understand that Earth and Mars have similar geological features. The lesson uses the 5E instructional model and includes: TEKS Details (Texas Standards alignment), Essential Question, Science Notebook, Vocabulary Definitions for Students, Vocabulary Definitions for Teachers, two Vocabulary Cards, and a reading strategy supplement. This is lesson 3 as part of the Mars Rover Celebration Unit, a six week long curriculum.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/09/2017
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This is an activity about the period of the Sun's rotation. Learners will use image of the Sun from the SOHO spacecraft and a transparent latitude/ longitude grid called a Stonyhurst Disk to track the motion of sunspots in terms of degrees of longitude. Using this angular motion measurement, learners will then calculate the sunspot’s angular velocity in order to determine the rotation period of the Sun. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the SOHO image archive. This is Activity 4 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this activity, students pose several hypotheses for what will happen if you continue heating or supplying energy to the hot and cold planet models (Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Earth) and then test their hypotheses using a spreadsheet based radiation balance model. The activity supports investigation of a real world challenge, experimenting with life support conditions for Mars at an Arctic outpost. The interactive model runs are conducted using a Java applet. This resource includes student worksheets, assessment questions and a teacher's guide. This is Activity B in module 2, Modeling hot and cold planets, of the resource, Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate? The course aims to help students to develop an understanding of our environment as a system of human and natural processes that result in changes that occur over various space and time scales.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Material Type:
Data Set
Full Course
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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This is an activity about solar rotation and sunspot motion. Learners will use a sphere or ball to model the Sun and compare the observed lateral motion of sunspots to their line-of-sight motion. This is Activity 1 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this online, interactive module, students learn how enhanced Earth remote-sensing capabilities are used by dozens of satellites that are continuously collecting data from multiple vantage points. This allows scientists from different countries to transcend political and geographical boundaries by sharing data and ideas towards the common mission of caring for planet Earth. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
10/13/2017
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In this problem-based learning module, learners study phytoplankton blooms along the U.S. coast. Phytoplankton form the basis of the marine food web, regulate carbon in the atmosphere, and are responsible for half of the photosynthesis that takes place on the planet. Studying phytoplankton blooms is one way that scientists monitor the effects of climate change. Instructions are provided to access NASA data along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength