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Beyond the Milky Way
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Beyond the Milky Way

When we look at the night sky, we see stars and the ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jane Evenson
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sam Semakula
TeachEngineering.org
Black Holes
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Black Holes

This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners experiment with marbles ... (more)

This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners experiment with marbles and weights to discover some basics about gravity and black holes. A key message of the activity is that space is curved completely around black holes--we cannot escape. Participants will explore the relationship between mass, distance, and gravitational attraction. The PDF contains step-by-step instructions, photos, presentation tips, and links to background information. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Night Sky Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Blazing Gas
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Blazing Gas

Students are introduced to our Sun as they explore its composition, what ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Geoffrey Hill
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
TeachEngineering.org
Build a Satellite to Orbit the Moon!
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Build a Satellite to Orbit the Moon!

In this team design challenge, learners design and build a satellite to ... (more)

In this team design challenge, learners design and build a satellite to orbit the Moon using candy. The satellite must fall within certain size and mass limits, carry some combination of cameras, gravity probes, and heat sensors to look at or probe the Moon‰ŰŞs surface, and withstand a 1-meter Drop Test without any parts falling off of it. This lesson guide includes notes for facilitators, a design story, and worksheets. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA
Building a 3-D Space Maze: Escher Staircase
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Building a 3-D Space Maze: Escher Staircase

In this activity (page 95 of the PDF), learners create Escher Staircase ... (more)

In this activity (page 95 of the PDF), learners create Escher Staircase models similar to those that were used by Neurolab's Spatial Orientation Team to investigate the processing of information about pitch, roll and yaw. The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information, evaluation strategies, and handouts. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
BioEdOnline
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bernice R. McLean
Marlene Y. MacLeish
NSBRI
Building a Magic Carpet
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Building a Magic Carpet

In this activity (page 89 of the PDF), learners compare and contrast ... (more)

In this activity (page 89 of the PDF), learners compare and contrast pitch and roll motions by using a Magic Carpet maze similar to one that was used for Neurolab investigations about microgravity. The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information, evaluation strategies, and handouts. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
BioEdOnline
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bernice R. McLean
Marlene Y. MacLeish
NSBRI
CK-12 Earth Science (CA Textbook)
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CK-12 Earth Science (CA Textbook)

CK-12 users should treat this FlexBook as an online textbook for Earth ... (more)

CK-12 users should treat this FlexBook as an online textbook for Earth Science courses. This FlexBook underwent a thorough review conducted by practicing teachers, domain experts, copyeditors, and technical editors. It can be used in its current form, "flexed" (customized), and/or printed by the user. CK-12 supports feedback on all of its FlexBooks so that they can be continually improved and updated, while remaining aligned with state standards and curriculum guidelines.This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Catalogue of Spaceborne Imaging: A Guide to NSSDC 's Planetary Image Archives
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Catalogue of Spaceborne Imaging: A Guide to NSSDC 's Planetary Image Archives

This image archive, supported by the NASA National Space Science Data Center ... (more)

This image archive, supported by the NASA National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), features photos taken during NASA space missions (Apollo, Gemini, Mariner, Voyager, and others) and the Soviet Venera probes to Venus. The photos are organized by subject: each of the planets, Earth's Moon, and other objects in the solar system such as comets and asteroids. Each subject category includes a fact sheet with information such as orbital parameters, bulk parameters, and other details about the objects photographed. Each image is accompanied by a brief description and information about location and time when the photo was taken, imaging properties, and ordering information. The photos are also indexed by mission, with links to pages of the NSSDC site describing the mission. The photos may be downloaded in high- and low-resolution versions, or ordered as hard copies (prints, transparencies, or 35 mm slides). (less)

Subject:
Space Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Cells and Walls
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Cells and Walls

Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional ... (more)

Using toothpicks, straws, or tubes of rolled up newspaper, learners create 3-dimensional models to illustrate the basic structure and function of the cell membrane, and place an object inside to represent the cell nucleus. This activity can be used in conjunction with the Observing Cells and Single-Cell Life activities from the same source. This activity can be found on pages 20-21 of the activity guide. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Computing and Information
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
NASA
National Science Foundation
TERC
Colors of Stars
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Colors of Stars

In this activity, learners observe colors in the flame of a burning ... (more)

In this activity, learners observe colors in the flame of a burning candle to explore connections between matter, light, color and temperature -- basic concepts of matter and energy. Then, learners elaborate on these basic concepts in a new context of astronomy by drawing scale models of stars. This activity involves an open flame; adult supervision is recommended. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Mary Kay Hemenway
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Coma Cluster Activity Using Hubble Space Telescope Data
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Coma Cluster Activity Using Hubble Space Telescope Data

This product uses a collection of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of ... (more)

This product uses a collection of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of galaxies in the Coma Cluster, and engages students in an inquiry-based learning activity studying the evolution of galaxies in dense clustered environments. Students learn the basics of galaxy classification by making use of the HST images to discover a "morphology-density effect," and will then make hypotheses about the cause of this effect. Along with this product are a series of StarDate Radio programs on the Coma Cluster and its related galaxies, and a brief YouTube video about research that is being conducted by astronomers and students at the University of Texas using HST data of the Coma Cluster. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Kyle Fricke
Mary Kay Hemenway
McDonald Observatory
NASA (Space Telescope Science Institute, operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy)
Shardha Jogee
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Comet Cratering
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Comet Cratering

Make impact craters with marbles (or rocks or washers) in a container ... (more)

Make impact craters with marbles (or rocks or washers) in a container of flour. Find out what you can learn about your "comets" by the craters they make. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
JASON Foundation for Education
New York Hall of Science
The Comet's Tale
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The Comet's Tale

This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project which ... (more)

This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project which is a national consortium of scientists, museums, and educators working together to bring the latest science to students, teachers, and the general public. It makes use of text, photographs, scientific illustrations, and animations to describe the origin, characteristics, and history of comets, as well as the extinction of the dinosaurs, thought to have been caused by a catastrophic strike by a comet or asteroid approximately 65 million years ago. The site also inludes instructions on how to make a comet in the classroom, a glossary of comet-related terms, homework tasks, student worksheets, lesson plans, teaching tips, and a feedback section. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Provider:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Seasons
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ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Seasons

Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars ... (more)

Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during winter in its Northern hemisphere than it is during its summer. What would be the implications for the seasons on Earth if ... (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Assessments
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Temperature Distribution
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ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Temperature Distribution

Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars ... (more)

Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during its winter than it is during its summer. How would temperature distributions on Earth be affected if we had a similarly ... (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Education
Material Type:
Assessments
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience