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Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Teacher Learning Journey Webinar Resources)

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Uploaded: August 05, 2013

Explore our solar system with NASA STEM activities and missions. This "Teacher Learning Journey" webinar, powerpoint and online resource document, will guide educators to demonstrate classification and scale models to better understand and visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a true system, as our solar system.

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SciFiles: The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle

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Uploaded: April 11, 2012

The NASA SCI Files™ is designed to enhance and enrich existing curriculum.Two to three days of class time are suggested for each segment to fully use video, resources, activities and websites listed in each segment. Dozens of books with ISBN numbers are listed in relation to the topic, along with dozens of websites for integrating technology with these lessons. Visit this external link for the video download links, which are archived at the Teacher Link provided by Utah State University: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASASCIfiles/index.html

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Hurricanes as Heat Engines

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Uploaded: April 10, 2012

Students examine authentic NASA satellite data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. Objectives: * Students will practice finding data via the Internet. * Students will practice making line plots and data maps. * Students will understand how hurricanes gain energy from the ocean surface. * Students will form a hypothesis, compare data parameters and draw conclusions.

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Strange New Planet (ASU Mars K-12 Education Program)

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Uploaded: April 04, 2012

This activity brings insight into the processes involved in learning about planetary exploration. This activity demonstrates how planetary features are discovered by the use of remote sensing techniques.

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Mapping Mars (from Destination Mars Guide)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students approach studying the surface of Mars in the same way as photogeologists. they interpret evidence showing riverchannels that once flowed on Mars and determine older and younger features.

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NASA eClips: Journaling in Space

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Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Learn how famous explorers, scientists and even NASA use journals and science notebooks to record observations about Our World. See why journaling is important on the International Space Station to record how the astronauts react to living in space.

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How Does Flowing Water Shape a Surface

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Using a stream table, students develop an eye for features associated with flowing water. The students then use what they learn to interpret images of Mars.

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Areology - The Study of Mars

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Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students examine a simulated Martian surface core sample, make observations and predictions, then match the sample with a know sample using candy bars.

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Optics: Light, Color, and Their Uses Educator Guide

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

The guide contains color and light activities using lenses, prisms and mirrors to create telescopes, periscopes, microscopes and kaleidoscopes. Other activities include finding focal length and understanding reflection, refraction and diffraction. Activities are marked by grade level.

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Habits of the Mind

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students make connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year. One major connection relates the concept of the seasons to past observations.

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Habits of the Mind

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Study the relationships between two items to look into possible connections between items. Throughout history different cultures have looked to the sky for answers that may determine their survival and livelihood. Patterns in solar observations helped to determine crucial times such as when to plant and when to harvest the food to ensure the survival of the group. The first activity is designed to help make connections between events and the seasons of the year. One major connection relates the concept of the seasons to past observations. In the second activity, visualize the four key observation dates located in activity one, from a viewpoint in space looking down on the circle created. Look at the impact of the EArth's orbit around the Sun on seasons.

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Vectoring

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Discover how vectoring the thrust from a jet engine affects movement of an airplane. Create a paper airplane powered by a balloon and determine direction of thrust.

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Material Comparisons

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 8 Objective: By calculating the samples’ densities, students will discover that a material’s density does not correspond to its strength. Activity Overview: In this activity, students will determine the mass, volume and density of two samples, spruce and carbon iber. Students should discover that although the carbon fiber is less dense, it is clearly a stronger material than the spruce wood.

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Materials Past and Present

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity can be found beginning on page 5 in the book. Students will learn through discussion how the materials used in airplane construction have changed over time. By using the photos supplied in the Images section, you will lead a discussion with the students on how the materials used in the manufacture of aircraft have changed over time and why. A worksheet is provided for the students to record and compare their answers.

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Astrobiology in your Classroom: Life on Earth …and Elsewhere? What can life tolerate?

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

What can life tolerate? - Begins on page 37 To show that organisms living under extreme conditions on Earth can serve as analogs for extraterrestrial life. Activity 4 explores some of the reasons to think that extraterrestrial life is possible. In doing so, it draws on concepts developed earlier in the module such as understanding what life is, what it requires, and what makes a planet habitable.

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Earth and Mars Physical Comparison

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This investigation compares and contrasts physical processes that occur on both Earth and Mars. Students are given unidentified images of Earth and Mars. Their task is to arrange the images into pairs that show evidence of similar physical processes. Then they identify each image as being an area of Earth or an area of Mars by comparing and contrasting physical features that they observe in the image pairs.

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The Coriolis Effect

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

The objective of this exercise is to demonstrate that an object which moves in latitude over the surface of a rotating planet experiences the Coriolis effect, an apparent deflection of its path from a straight line. Upon completion of this exercise the student should understand the concept of the Coriolis effect and be able to understand viewing an event from different frames of reference.

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Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Students are asked to design their own experiments to test hypothesized relationships about factors that influence planetary temperature and habitability.

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How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 9-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The students brainstorm as to why the observed surface temperature of Earth is so different from that observed by their gray body model. Then they do a literature search to obtain information about the atmospheres of Earth, Venus and Mars. They speculate as to which characteristics of the atmospheres may be responsible for the difference between observed and theoretical surface temperatures. Students then use separate samples of carbon dioxide and air to observe interactions of the compound and the mixture with incident light or heat. The activity ends with a definition of the Greenhouse Effect.

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How Clouds Form—Understanding the Basic Principles of Precipitation

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The purpose of this investigation is to facilitate understanding of the basics of cloud formation and involving the changing of state of water. This activity should enhance the understanding of the change of state concept, which is important in the study of meteorology.

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The Sealed Room: Living and Working in Space

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This project asks students to design a research habitat that will allow six researchers to live on the Moon or Mars for an extended period of time. Researchers must be able to maintain physical health and a good quality of life. To accomplish this, students must first imagine that their classroom has just become sealed for the next two to three years. Nothing comes into the room and nothing leaves the room. Not even air can enter or leave. It is a challenge!

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Imagine the Universe: The Life Cycle of Stars

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This booklet of educational materials contains several lessons focused on the life cycle of stars. One activity "Hey Low Mass Star...This Is Your Life", shows the discrete stages that a low mass star goes through over billions of years, from its beginnings as a gas cloud, to its death as a black dwarf.

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X1 Glider

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students investigate the basics of flight with a paper model of the first supersonic aircraft.

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Wind Tunnel Activity for Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Build a simple wind tunnel for testing small objects.

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Parchute Activities - Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

These activities are to be used as part of the Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp. Students will design and test parachutes to examine the relationship between drop time, acceleration, and velocity. Activities found on page 77 and 81.

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Rotor Motor

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students make paper models that imitate the rotation of the rotor blades of a helicopter. Using tape from an audio or videocassette, students determine the number of rotations of the model as it falls through the air.

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Can You Make a Shoebox Fly?

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will research the dynamics and forces of flight and apply their understanding of flight to the design, construction, and test flight of a shoebox based glider. This can be done as a stand-alone activity or as part of NASA Digital Learning Network.

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Right Flight

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This activity challenges students to learn about basic aircraft design and explore the effects of weight and balance on the flight characteristics of a model glider. Students use science process skills to construct and fly a glider made from a foam food tray.

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Smart Skies - Line up with Math

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Videos and simulations that teach trainees how math is used to do distance-rate-time investigations. "LineUp with Math" shows trainees how to apply proportional reasoning to "line up" planes safely with proper spacing at a given intersection of jet routes.

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Launch It

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will follow the design process to design and build a rocket from a straw to hit a target consistently. This activity is from the Design Squad.

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Move It

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will test action reaction results with balloons after making predictions in small groups. Activity found on page 32.

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Food for Thought - Summer of Innovation

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Uploaded: March 20, 2012

Collection of 6 activities from the Space Food and Nutrition Guide. Includes Planning and Serving Food, Food Selection, Mold Growth, Preparing Food for Space, How much is waste, and Ripening Fruits and Vegetables.

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Food for Thought Webinar Powerpoint for IN and SD by Kat Balch

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Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This is the powerpoint that was used in the Indiana and South Dakota Webinars for Summer of Innovation.

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Exploring Strange New Worlds

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: October 05, 2011

This activity is a simulation of the progression of missions employed by NASA to collect observations and research exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Participants become members of a research team that makes observations on three modeled alien worlds. The first observations are the simplest viewing at a distance and progressively collect more data by moving closer to the planets and using advanced technologies, until they ultimately collect a sample of the planet they are observing.

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Mass vs. Weight

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students perform a series of classroom experiments on forces, motion, mass, weight and Newton's Laws of Motion and compare their results to those of astronauts performing similar experiments on the International Space Station. Videos of the astronauts performing the experiments on the ISS are made available for students to compare results. Stretching Mass, Air-powered Mass, Accelerating Mass, Design Your Own ISS Experiment, Careers in Space and International Space Station Partners are the most relevant activities to this lesson.

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Student Glovebox

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students design their own investigation of the characteristics of various liquids.

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What's Hidden Inside?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-5)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students are challenged to gather information about items they cannot see. Activity topic selected from NASA’s KSNN™ 21st Century Explorer newsbreak “Why do robots travel places before people?”

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Potato Float

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will float an object in varying density solutions.

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Exploration Then and Now-Human Needs

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity investigates human needs and how humans adapt to new environments. Students experiment to understand the effects of physical stress on muscles. They also identify food properties that make foods suitable for space flight and travel during colonial times. Using the new food-guide pyramid, students create a food and activity plan for healthy eating and then modify this plan based upon what they learn about past and present exploration.

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NASA's BEST Engineering

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Uploaded: June 20, 2011

NASA's BEST Engineering has developed a series of activities and videos for use by teachers to introduce concepts important to understanding basic engineering skills. This web site within the Goddard Science Visualization Studios posts the current BEST Engineering videos available for download in multiple formats.

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Can you show that the temperature of air has an effect on it's effect on its weight and its directio

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity has two important purposes: To challenge the learner to develop a procedure for investigating a research question and to learn more about factors affecting the dynamics of air in motion.

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Phototropism: Do Plants Prefer the Blues?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Activity illustrates how plants use various colors (wavelengths) of light for different tasks. Activity is located in the “Teachers and Students Investigating Plants in Space” educator guide, page 86

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Creature Feature

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity is made up for four parts: "The Truth is Out There," "Who Knows?" "Tell it like it is!," and "Truth Revealed." The "Truth is Out There" is an activity that challenges the students to use appropriate descriptive language in a scientific observation. The "Who Knows?: activity provides the opportunity for one students to draw a creature being described by another student. "Tell it Like it is!" encourages the proper use of scientific instruments in collecting detailed data in an observation. The "Truth Revealed" is the assessment phase of the activity that looks specifically at the completeness of the student observations.

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Animal Antics

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Student teams will be creating and using a classification chart to separate small cards with animal pictures into the respective animal classification groups. Each group will be awarded points by the teacher for the correct classification and placement of the animal cards. Extensions to the activity could include having students create graphs in Excel and research the other four classes of fish and the other classes of invertebrates that were not included in the chart, using internet and print reference materials..

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What Is the Right Answer?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Introduces the concept that sometimes there is no one “right” answer to a question or measurement. This is part of the GLOBE education guide, but could also be done separately.

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