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Gravity and Orbits (AR)
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Move the sun, earth, moon and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Blanco, John
Loeblein, Patricia
Malley, Chris
Moore, Emily
Olson, Jon
Perkins, Kathy
Podolefsky, Noah
Reid, Sam
Date Added:
02/07/2011
How the Inner Solar System Formed
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, explore the theory that small bits of gas and dust combined to form protoplanets billions of years ago, which in turn collided to create the four rocky planets of the inner solar system.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/23/2012
An Inflated Impression of Mars
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Students use scaling from real-world data to obtain an idea of the immense size of Mars in relation to the Earth and the Moon, as well as the distances between them. Students calculate dimensions of the scaled versions of the planets, and then use balloons to represent their relative sizes and locations.

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Astronomy
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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
Introduction To Astronomy (ASTR 101)
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This course provides an introduction to the universe beyond the Earth. We begin with a study of the night sky and the history of the science of astronomy. We then explore the various objects seen in the cosmos including the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the evolution of the universe itself. As an online course, it is equivalent to 6 lecture hours, and satisfies science requirements for the AA and AS degree. It is designed to be thorough enough to prepare you for more advanced work, while presenting the concepts to non-majors in a way that is meaningful and not overwhelming. We will consider the course a success if you have learned how to think about the universe critically in an organized, logical way, and to have enhanced your appreciation of the sky around us.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
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Syllabus
Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Provider Set:
Open Course Library
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design, Spring 2003
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" The fundamental concepts, and approaches of aerospace engineering, are highlighted through lectures on aeronautics, astronautics, and design. Active learning aerospace modules make use of information technology. Student teams are immersed in a hands-on, lighter-than-air (LTA) vehicle design project, where they design, build, and fly radio-controlled LTA vehicles. The connections between theory and practice are realized in the design exercises. Required design reviews precede the LTA race competition. The performance, weight, and principal characteristics of the LTA vehicles are estimated and illustrated using physics, mathematics, and chemistry known to freshmen, the emphasis being on the application of this knowledge to aerospace engineering and design rather than on exposure to new science and mathematics."

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Earth and Space Science
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Newman, Dava
Date Added:
01/01/2003
Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2006
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This course includes Quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, interstellar medium, the Galaxy, and Universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models. Topics: planets, planet formation; stars, the Sun, "normal" stars, star formation; stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), plusars, binary X-ray sources; star clusters, globular and open clusters; interstellar medium, gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays; distance ladder; galaxies, normal and active galaxies, jets; gravitational lensing; large scaling structure; Newtonian cosmology, dynamical expansion and thermal history of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; big-bang nucleosynthesis. No prior knowledge of astronomy necessary. Not usable as a restricted elective by physics majors.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Rappaport, Saul
Date Added:
01/01/2006
Investigating Earth and Moon Surface:  Impact Craters
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In this activity students use a simple model of the moon to do an experiment to see how impact craters are formed. The lesson worksheets are differentiated and students are put into pre-determined teams by ability to conduct the experiment.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Corliss Thomas
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Investigating Lunar Phases
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This activity is a lab investigation where students design their own lunar phases model using household materials.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Sybil Haas
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Investigating Moon Phases:  Making a lunar flipbook
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This activity is a reinforcement activity where students will make a flipbook of the lunar phases.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Donna Krisch
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Investigating Ordering Planets: Math Connections and Number Sense in Science
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This set of activities is designed to help students develop an understanding of scale/distance and ordering the planets from the sun, understanding Earth's position in the solar system, and developing new ways of determining "order."

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Anne E. Flynn
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Investigating Rotation:  Why Is There Day and Night?
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This is a classroom activity in which students will observe, question, and investigate the relationship between the sun and the earth and how that relationship causes day and night.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Sondra Tokarczyk
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Earth's Rotation
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Many of the misconceptions about our solar system are rooted in the fact that it is large and hard to comprehend. This kinesthetic activity will demonstrate concepts like rotation and orbit, clarify movement and direction, and help students understand why earthlings see different things in the sky.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
03/27/2024
Kinesthetic Astronomy: The Meaning of a Year
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This is an interactive lesson that has students use kinesthetic techniques to model Earth's orbit around the sun for a year. This lesson will provide students with an understanding of the astronomical meaning of an earth year as well as the difference between a rotation and an orbit.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
03/22/2024
Life in Space: The International Space Station
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Students are introduced to the International Space Station (ISS) with information about its structure, operation and key experiments. The ISS itself is an experiment in international cooperation to explore the potential for humans to live in space. The space station features state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories to conduct research in medicine, materials and fundamental science to benefit people on Earth as well as people who will live in space in the future.

Subject:
Astronomy
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Technology and Engineering
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,
Jane Evenson
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Life on Enceladus?
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, scientists are startled to discover evidence for the three key ingredients for life on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Subject:
Astronomy
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/23/2012
Linear Equations Game
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Students groups act as aerospace engineering teams competing to create linear equations to guide space shuttles safely through obstacles generated by a modeling game in level-based rounds. Each round provides a different configuration of the obstacle, which consists of two "gates." The obstacles are presented as asteroids or comets, and the linear equations as inputs into autopilot on board the shuttle. The winning group is the one that first generates the successful equations for all levels. The game is created via the programming software MATLAB, available as a free 30-day trial. The activity helps students make the connection between graphs and the real world. In this activity, they can see the path of a space shuttle modeled by a linear equation, as if they were looking from above.

Subject:
Astronomy
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Stanislav Roslyakov
Date Added:
09/18/2014