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Learning About Aurorae - The Planterella Experiment
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This unit emphasizes literacy skills for STEAM students, using the Planeterella Experiment to learn about aurorae. Guided by text-dependent questions, students will study and gather evidence from anchor and supplemental texts on the Planterella’s design, purpose and history, magnetic currents and their role in aurorae, the Van Allen Belt, the Lorenz Effect, and how global warming impacts aurorae. Students will perform experiments with magnetic currents and create a lab simulation of the aurora borealis using textual evidence and data from the anchor and supplemental texts. Students will present their findings and their experiments using the Tricaster TC40.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Reading
Simulation
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Author:
Jeanna Wagner
Elizabeth Strauss
Jaime Newell
Date Added:
06/22/2017