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The Amazing Red Planet
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The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planet ...

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the planet Mars. This lesson will begin by discussing the location and size of Mars relative to Earth, as well as introduce many interesting facts about this red planet. Next, the history of Martian exploration is reviewed and students discover why scientists are so interested in studying this mysterious planet. The lesson concludes with students learning about future plans to visit Mars.

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Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Chris Yakacki
Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Are We Alone?
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The year is 2032 and your class has successfully achieved a manned ...

The year is 2032 and your class has successfully achieved a manned mission to Mars! After several explorations of the Red Planet, one question is still being debated: "Is there life on Mars?" The class is challenged with the task of establishing criteria to help look for signs of life. Student explorers conduct a scientific experiment in which they evaluate three "Martian" soil samples and determine if any contain life.

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Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Chris Yakacki
Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Art/Space
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How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there ...

How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the way music and outer space connect.

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Fine Arts
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
Provider Set:
ARTSEDGE
Date Added:
09/13/2010
An Artistic View of Outer Space
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This is an art lesson easily integrated by art specialists or classroom ...

This is an art lesson easily integrated by art specialists or classroom teachers into any thematic unit that involves space, the solar system, or science fiction and is adaptable for students in grades 2 through 6. It incorporates the use of art materials such as oil pastels and compasses and the design concepts of shape and balance in a composition as well as providing the students with a fun and creative way to explore areas of geometry and science. This lesson is especially useful for classroom teachers who are aware of how art, when integrated into the classroom curriculum, can help students with different learning styles explore a variety of subjects in a way that will help them maximize the learning experience.

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Fine Arts
Astronomy
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Lesson Plan
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Karen Canfield
Date Added:
03/25/2000
Astrobiology Survey - An introductory course on astrobiology
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Astrobiology Survey is an introductory course on astrobiology. It takes a multi-disciplinary ...

Astrobiology Survey is an introductory course on astrobiology. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach that unites the sciences and arts to study the three questions of "How does life begin and evolve?", "Does life exist elsewhere in the universe?" and "What is the future of life on Earth and beyond?"

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Astronomy
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Full Course
Author:
Michael P. D'Alessandro
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Astrodynamics, Fall 2008
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" This course covers the fundamentals of astrodynamics, focusing on the two-body ...

" This course covers the fundamentals of astrodynamics, focusing on the two-body orbital initial-value and boundary-value problems with applications to space vehicle navigation and guidance for lunar and planetary missions, including both powered flight and midcourse maneuvers. Other topics include celestial mechanics, Kepler's problem, Lambert's problem, orbit determination, multi-body methods, mission planning, and recursive algorithms for space navigation. Selected applications from the Apollo, Space Shuttle, and Mars exploration programs are also discussed."

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Astronomy
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Battin, Richard
Date Added:
01/01/2008
Astropedia
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Intended for all audiences, this textbook is an introduction to the nature ...

Intended for all audiences, this textbook is an introduction to the nature of the universe. Use it to research or review our solar system, stars, galaxies, and the history of the universe. Each chapter has a set of corresponding homework questions.

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Astronomy
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
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Teach Astronomy
Author:
Chris Impey
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Astrophysics II, Fall 2004
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Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups ...

Galactic dynamics: potential theory, orbits, collisionless Boltzmann equation, etc. Galaxy interactions. Groups and clusters; dark matter. Intergalactic medium; x-ray clusters. Active galactic nuclei: unified models, black hole accretion, radio and optical jets, etc. Homogeneity and isotropy, redshift, galaxy distance ladder. Newtonian cosmology. Roberston-Walker models and cosmography. Early universe, primordial nucleosynthesis, recombination. Cosmic microwave background radiation. Large-scale structure, galaxy formation.

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Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Schechter, Paul
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Astrophysics I, Spring 2006
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Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. ...

Size and time scales. Historical astronomy. Astronomical instrumentation. Stars: spectra and classification. Stellar structure equations and survey of stellar evolution. Stellar oscillations. Degenerate and collapsed stars; radio pulsars. Interacting binary systems; accretion disks, x-ray sources. Gravitational lenses; dark matter. Interstellar medium: HII regions, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, dust; radiative transfer; Jeans' mass; star formation. High-energy astrophysics: Compton scattering, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, cosmic rays. Galactic stellar distributions and populations; Oort constants; Oort limit; and globular clusters.

Subject:
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Chakrabarty, Deepto
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Beyond the Milky Way
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When we look at the night sky, we see stars and the ...

When we look at the night sky, we see stars and the nearby planets of our own solar system. Many of those stars are actually distant galaxies and glowing clouds of dust and gases called nebulae. The universe is an immense space with distances measured in light years. The more we learn about the universe beyond our solar system, the more we realize we do not know. Students are introduced to the basic known facts about the universe, and how engineers help us explore the many mysteries of space.

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Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jane Evenson
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sam Semakula
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Blazing Gas
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Students are introduced to our Sun as they explore its composition, what ...

Students are introduced to our Sun as they explore its composition, what is happening inside it, its relationship to our planet (our energy source), and the ways engineers help us learn about it.

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Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Building Earth-like Planets: From Nebular Gas to Ocean Worlds, Fall 2008
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" This course covers examination of the state of knowledge of planetary ...

" This course covers examination of the state of knowledge of planetary formation, beginning with planetary nebulas and continuing through accretion (from gas, to dust, to planetesimals, to planetary embryos, to planets). It also includes processes of planetary differentiation, crust formation, atmospheric degassing, and surface water condensation. This course has integrated discussions of compositional and physical processes, based upon observations from our solar system and from exoplanets. Focus on terrestrial (rocky and metallic) planets, though more volatile-rich bodies are also examined."

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Elkins-Tanton, Lindy
Date Added:
01/01/2008
California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) - Preparation Resources
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The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the ...

The University of California, Irvine Extension, supported by generous grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Boeing Company, is developing online courses to prepare science and mathematics teachers for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

UC Irvine Extension's online test-preparation courses correspond with the 10 CSET science subtests and three CSET mathematics subtests.

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Biology
Algebra
Trigonometry
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Provider:
U.C. Irvine
Provider Set:
U.C. Irvine OpenCourseWare
Author:
University of California, Irvine
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN provides a detailed portal to the climate literacy standards, reviewed lesson ...

CLEAN provides a detailed portal to the climate literacy standards, reviewed lesson plans on climate from a variety of sources, and social networking opportunities with other educators interested in teaching about climate.

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Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
01/22/2018
Come On Over Rover
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Have you ever wondered why it takes such a long period of ...

Have you ever wondered why it takes such a long period of time for NASA to build space exploration equipment? What is involved in manufacturing and building a rover for the Red Planet? During this lesson, students will discover the journey that a Mars rover embarks upon after being designed by engineers and before being prepared for launch. Students will investigate the fabrication techniques, tolerance concepts, assembly and field-testing associated with a Mars exploratory rover.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Chris Yakacki
Daria Kotys-Schwartz
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Cosmology, Fall 2001
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Thermal backgrounds in space. Cosmological principle and its consequences: Newtonian cosmology and ...

Thermal backgrounds in space. Cosmological principle and its consequences: Newtonian cosmology and types of "universes"; survey of relativistic cosmology; horizons. Overview of evolution in cosmology; radiation and element synthesis; physical models of the "early stages." Formation of large-scale structure to variability of physical laws. First and last states. Some knowledge of relativity expected. 8.962 recommended though not required. This course provides an overview of astrophysical cosmology with emphasis on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation, galaxies and related phenomena at high redshift, and cosmic structure formation. Additional topics include cosmic inflation, nucleosynthesis and baryosynthesis, quasar (QSO) absorption lines, and gamma-ray bursts. Some background in general relativity is assumed.

Subject:
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Bertschinger, Edmund
Date Added:
01/01/2001
Design Your Alien
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Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them ...

Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to other worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Sarah Roberts
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Determining the Hubble Constant -
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In this lesson, students graph the recessional velocities and distances of galaxies ...

In this lesson, students graph the recessional velocities and distances of galaxies to determine the Hubble constant.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
CPalms
Date Added:
02/11/2019
The Early Universe, Fall 2013
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The Early Universe provides an introduction to modern cosmology. The first part ...

The Early Universe provides an introduction to modern cosmology. The first part of the course deals with the classical cosmology, and later part with modern particle physics and its recent impact on cosmology.

Subject:
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Alan Guth
Date Added:
01/01/2013