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Amusement Park Physis
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This lengthy resource includes many activities from labs to design challenges that ...

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.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reference Material
Provider:
NASA
Author:
Ann Schwartz
Carla B. Rosenberg
Carol Hodanbosi
Melissa J. B. Rogers
Ph.D. Carla B. Rosenberg
Samantha Beres
Date Added:
03/28/2018
Are All Stars Like The Sun?
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This is an activity about comparing images of the Sun in different ...

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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Can Venus and Mars Be Made Habitable?
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This activity is about planetary climate. Once familiar with the factors that ...

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?."

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Full Course
Student Guide
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Can you Planet?
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This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the ...

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.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Carbon City
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Since the Industrial Revolution, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has risen from ~280ppm ...

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.

Subject:
Life Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Carbon Monoxide: An Agent of Change
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This problem-based learning module places learners in the role of researchers analyzing ...

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
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Case Study: The Headwaters Controversy
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This textbook chapter presents a real case study involving the the logging ...

This textbook chapter presents a real case study involving the the logging of an old stand forest from three perspectives, that of the environmentalists, the wood products industry, and a politician. An associated writing activity engages students in reviewing the different viewpoints, and writing a "letter to the editor" for or against the logging of old growth forest. This is chapter 3 in the unit, A New World View, which introduces global systems science, emphasizing the concepts of environmental diversity, Earth as a system, and sustainability. The resource includes a textbook chapter, integrated hands-on and inquiry activities, links to current news articles, and a suite of pre- and post-unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. The resource is part of Global Systems Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Champions of a Sustainable World
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This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, ...

This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, and endangered species. The captive breeding program for the black-footed ferret is presented as a case study. Students learn about conservation practices they can do, such as adopting a species or garden. The chapter includes an authentic unit assessment where students produce an essay on a biodiversity topic. The resource includes a link to current news articles and a teacher's guide. This is the eighth and last chapter in the unit, Losing Biodiversity, examining the endangerment and extinction of entire species of plants and animals throughout the world due to human actions. The resource is part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Charting a Forecast and Following Up
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This is an activity about solar flare activity. Learners will use whole-Sun ...

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.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Cleaning Water
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Students will create and test water filtration systems similar to what astronauts ...

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.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Chemistry
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Date Added:
06/30/2016
Clouds
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In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud ...

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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
The Composition of the Earth's Atmosphere
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This textbook chapter describes the properties of greenhouse gases that are being ...

This textbook chapter describes the properties of greenhouse gases that are being added to the atmosphere: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and ozone. Deforestation, industrialization and population growth are presented as reasons why greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere. This is the third chapter in the unit, Climate Change, which addresses the question of how human activities are changing Earth's climate. The resource includes links to current news articles, and a suite of pre and post unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. The resource is part of Global Systems Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Contrails and Climate Change
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners analyze the role of condensation trails ...

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
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Designing a Spectroscopy Mission
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This is a math-science integrated unit about spectrographs. Learners will find and ...

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
Material Type:
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Determining What Controls the Temperature of the Land Surface
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In this problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students take on the role of ...

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
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Does The Sun Move?
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This is an activity about modeling the apparent motion of the Sun ...

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
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Drawing a Sunspot Map
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This is an activity about observing and mapping sunspots by direct solar ...

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
Date Added:
10/13/2017
El Niño
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This textbook chapter describes the processes through which El Niño and La ...

This textbook chapter describes the processes through which El Niño and La Niña conditions emerge. The resource includes an animation of ocean currents, and links to current news articles, and a suite of pre- and post-unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. This is the eighth chapter in the unit, Energy Flow, exploring the transfer of energy between the atmosphere, oceans, land, and living things over short and long timescales. The resource is part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017