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This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts (like invisible light, telescopes) and focuses on the universe outside the solar system (stars, galaxies, black holes). The program is structured for use in a variety of settings, including astronomy days, summer camps, or year-long afterschool programs. Although session activities build concepts sequentially, each session activity is designed to be freestanding as not all participants may attend every session. A manual provides background information and descriptions of how to conduct each activity. A companion website provides additional information and resources for the program leader.

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Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
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Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This resource provides an explanation of two number/magic puzzles that can be demystified and explained by using algebra. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Algebra
Geoscience
Mathematics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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Traditionally, spectral images are two dimensional, and related to text. This kinesthetic activity has groups of students position themselves along a printed spectrum to make spectral patterns and model various elements. Includes photos, teachers notes and instructions, related resources (e.g., color pdf of a visible light spectra image that can be projected onto a white board or wall to do the activity), and alternative suggestions.

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Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This is a lesson which gives students the opportunity to imagine they are scientists, provides them with a basic understanding of aurora and helps them to use creative methods in their observations. First, students will study the scientific aspect of the aurora. They will also look at images of the aurora (both pictures and illustrations) and describe what they think of when they see them. These descriptions can be stored in the student portfolios as they will be useful in future lessons. Includes teacher notes and instructions, student workshops and an online, animated story, and related teacher resources on aurora. This is lesson three of a collection of five activities that can be used individually or as a sequence; concludes with a KWL (Know/Want-to-know/Learned) assessment activity.

Subject:
Applied Science
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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In this lesson, students will demonstrate their understanding of the aurora by writing their own poems. Teachers can decide which form(s) of poetry to use from their worksheets or allow students to create their own. Examples of styles include: Acrostic, List, Haiku, Like and As, and May and Could. To help students get inspired, the class will read a poem on the aurora, and they can also look through their portfolios to help form ideas. Includes teacher notes and instructions, student workshops and an online, animated story, and related teacher resources on aurora. This is lesson five of a collection of five activities that can be used individually or as a sequence; concludes with a KWL (Know/Want-to-know/Learned) assessment activity.

Subject:
Applied Science
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Environmental Science
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

Subject:
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
02/16/2011
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This lithograph shows the break-off of a large iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. This event occurred between November 4th and 12th, 2001, and provides powerful evidence of rapid changes underway in this area of Antarctica. The images were acquired by the MISR instrument onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This board game challenges players (ages 10+) to build a spaceship and fly to a black hole. The game provides opportunities for understanding phenomena based on current black hole research. During the game, players will experience the dangers and excitement of a real space mission, and learn about the nature of black holes by launching scientific probes. The game can be played competitively or as a team (instructions are also provided for playing in large groups. Black Hole Explorer consists of: Game Board, Game Rules, Spacecraft Data sheets, Science Briefing Room document, Event cards (28), Probe result cards (12), Energy tokens (140). Game components are available as PDF downloads; dice and game pieces must be provided by the user. NOTE: tokens and cards need to be cut to size from letter-size cardstock.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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"Build It Yourself: Satellite!" is an online Flash game hosted on the James Webb Space Telescope website. The goal of the game is to explain the decision-making process of satellite design. The user can choose to build a "small," "medium," or "large" astronomy satellite. The user then selects science goals, wavelength, instruments, and optics. The satellite is then launched on the appropriate rocket (shown via an animation). Finally, the user is shown what their satellite might look like, as well as what kind of data it might collect, via examples from similar real-life satellites. Satellites range from small X-ray missions without optics (like the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer) to large missions with segmented mirrors (like the James Webb Space Telescope).

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Geoscience
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This is an lesson about spectrographs. Learners will build and decorate their own spectrographs using simple materials and holographic diffraction gratings. After building the spectrographs, they observe the spectra of different light sources. Requires advance preparation to spray-paint the inside of the containers black the day before construction. 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:
Applied Science
Chemistry
Engineering
History
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This is an assessment activity for the The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) educational kit. Learners will make a poster that explains possible origins of cosmic rays, how they affect people, and what protects us here on Earth. Alternately, they will make a poster describing CRaTER’s goal and how it works.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Life Science
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This math example explains what celestial objects a person can see with the unaided eye from the vantage points of Earth and Mars, using simple math, algebra and astronomical distance information. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Mathematics
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This online lab exercise focuses on the processes involved in the Carbon cycle and the influences of human activity on those processes- especially as they relate to Earth's weather and climate. The fourth in a 10-part lab series on weather and climate, this lab exercise is designed for first and second year college geoscience students (majors and non-majors) as well as pre-service STEM teachers.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This lesson attempts to correct the common misconception that the Earth is closer to the Sun during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Proceeding from student preconceptions, small groups participate in an exploration of the cause of the seasons using a basketball, small globes and a lamp. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This lesson addresses the common student misconception that the Earth is closer to the Sun during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This lesson encourages students to voice this misconception at the beginning of the lesson and then attempts to correct it-first, by exploring the reason for it, and then by presenting an alternate explanation. Materials needed for the demonstration include a small globe and a desk lamp for each group of students, a large ball, and overhead transparency. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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With this game, students explore the connection between climate, genetic variation and the transmission of hantavirus. A board and game pieces are provided. The resource is supported by teacher background information, assessments, and a scoring rubric. This is Activity 1 of the learning module, Human Health, Climate and Disease: A Critical Connection, part of the lesson series, Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This is an activity about image comparison. Learners will analyze and compare two sets of images of the Sun taken by instruments on the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft. With Set 1, they will observe the Sun in both a highly active and a minimally active state, and be able to detect active regions and loops on the Sun by comparing the two images. With Set 2, they will identify areas of high magnetic activity on a magnetogram image and recognize that these areas correspond to highly active regions on the Sun.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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Students are presented with a graph of atmospheric becomes CO² values from Mauna Loa Observatory, and are asked to explore the data by creating a trend line using the linear equation, and then use the equation to predict future becomes CO² levels. Students are asked to describe qualitatively what they have determined mathematically, and suggest reasons for the patterns they observe in the data. A clue to the reason for the data patterning can be deduced by students by following up this activity with the resource, Seasonal Vegetation Changes. The data graph and a student worksheet is included with this activity. This is an activity from Space Update, a collection of resources and activities provided to teach about Earth and space. Summary background information, data and images supporting the activity are available on the Earth Update data site.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This activity requires construction of a simple salinity tester. Students will create their own calibration scale during this experiment, and look at the change in salinity that would arise if freshwater was suddenly dumped into the ocean. Materials needed for this investigation include a DC mill ampere meter, 2 D-cell batteries and holder, bronze sheeting, #18 solid wire, salt, deionized water, and a stream table or pan apparatus to create a hydrologic model of ice-ocean interaction. Included is a student worksheet to guide interpretation of data. The resource is supported by teacher background information, assessment suggestions, and a scoring rubric. This is Activity 3 of the learning module, Water: Here, There, and Everywhere, part of the lesson series, The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Oceanography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
11/05/2014
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This site lists the necessary supplies, along with the step-by-step directions, to turn a t-shirt into a carry-all bag. Also included are links to two iron-on transfers - the Climate Kids banner and the Leaps and Flutters game - for use in decorating the bag. The Climate Kids website is a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games focused on the science of climate change.

Subject:
Geoscience
History
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength