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NASA eClips: Life on Other Worlds

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Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video discusses life on other worlds.

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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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Don't Burst My Bubble: Create a Biosphere

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

Create a "world", and a variety of types of beings that could live on them. Using a tarp, create a Biosphere.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

The entire group makes a circle and tosses an inflatable Earth globe to determine the percentage of water vs. land on Earth by counting the number of times the thumb lands on earth or water as they catch the globe.

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Is There Life on Other Worlds? Drake Equation

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

Learn about the Drake Equation while estimating the number of worlds in the Milky Way galaxy that have life. (Additional information at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/371696main_SMII_Problem18.pdf, not a NASA site.)

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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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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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Fingerprints of Life (It's Just Right)

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

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Some organisms on Earth can withstand extremes of temperature by shutting down their energy needs. In this activity, students set up an experiment to determine yeast’s temperature tolerance extremes. Students will: o Experiment with gas production of yeast at different temperatures, o Take, record, and plot data from an experiment, o Discuss extreme temperature environments on Earth and Mars.

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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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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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Survival

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Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This lesson introduces students to exploration and survival in new worlds. It compares challenges faced by explorers through the ages, checking for prior knowledge about conditions for survival in 1607 Jamestown and on the Moon.

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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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Modeling Radiation-Damaged DNA

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

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this activity, students will use candy (or Styrofoam balls) to construct a model of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and will then alter the model to visualize what happens to DNA when it is damaged by radiation.

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Solar Radiation and SPF Levels

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

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this activity, students will investigate the effects solar ultra-violet (UV) radiation has on an object or person and to analyze the effectiveness of different Sun Protection Factors (SPF) found in sunscreen products.

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Chain Reaction

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity demonstrates to students how changes in a population within a food web will have widespread effects on the other local populations.

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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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Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Activity teaches the basic principle of photosynthesis and how light intensity diminishes as a function of distance from the light source. Observations are made over an extended period, although the activity set-up may take place in a shorter period of time. Activity originated from NASA Educational Brief Cassini Science Investigation Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

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Phototropism: How Little Light Will Bend a Seedling?

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Investigate the effects of light quantity on the bending of seedlings. Activity is located in the “Teachers and Students Investigating Plants in Space” educator guide, page 88

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Phototropism: Do Plants Prefer the Blues?

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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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Chain Games, pages 47-50

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

The Case of Zany Animal Antics: 2004-2005 NASA SCI Files Series Students explore the operation of basic food chain from the Sun, to plants, to animals. To understand the complexity of life and where it may exist, the food chain should be examined. The teacher should relate the skeletal structure to protection.

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Supporting Systems, pages 5-7

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Muscles and Bones: Activities Guide for Teachers, National Space Biomedical Research Institute In this activity, the students build upon the knowledge gained from the first activity to create an internal or external skeleton designed to support an animal of their invention.

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Weighty Questions, pages 1-4

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Muscles and Bones: Activities Guide for Teachers, National Space Biomedical Research Institute In this activity, the students will compare and contrast the behavior of a water-filled plastic bag, both outside and inside a container of water.

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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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Are Two Eyes Better than One?

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Students will conduct simple activities that reinforce the benefits animals with two stereoscopic eyes enjoy.

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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 Does Life Need to Live?

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

"What does Life need to Survive?" is the second of five modules in the "Astrobiology in the classroom Life on Earth...and elsewhere?" Found on page 11 of the educator guide. Understanding that Life Needs Water, Nutrients, and Energy by growing organisms in one of 12 classroom environments and identify common requirements (e.g., water, nutrients, and energy). Students will design a mission to identify habitable places by searching for water, nutrients, and energy. There is also a math activity measuring calories.

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What is Life?

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

"What is Life?" is the first of five modules in the 'Astrobiology in the classroom Life on Earth...and elsewhere?" Found on page 5 of the educator guide. Concepts covered in this short activity include defining life and comparing real and fake or live and dead objects and brainstorm ideas about what life is. Refine the definition by playing 20 Questions to identify an object or organism. Students will test the definition by comparing “mystery” samples.

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The Sun's Habitable Zone

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This website provides a way for students to build a planet by changing the variables. Each planet receives a rating of cold, hot, or habitable based on the data entered by the students. Four characteristics are used: the mass of the star the planet is orbiting, the distance of the planet from the star, the bond albedo of the planet, and the greenhouse effect of the planet's atmosphere.

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What can Life Tolerate?

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This is the fourth activity in the "Astrobiology: Life on Earth.... and elsewhere?", educator guide. "What can life tolerate" (found on page 37 of the guide) identifies the range of Terrestrial Life • Meet some extremophiles. What conditions do they tolerate? • Play a card game similar to Rummy. Students create a set by matching an extremophile, an extreme habitat on Earth, and an extraterrestrial habitat that may be similar to an Earth habitat. • Assemble a crew of extremophiles and target them to specific locations on a planet or moon • Debate the ethics of sending Earth life to other worlds

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It's Just Right: Extremophiles

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

As scientists look for life elsewhere, we become more aware that life is tenacious and can survive in extreme environments. Some organisms on Earth can withstand extremes of temperature by shutting down their energy needs. In this activity, students set up an experiment to determine yeast’s temperature tolerance extremes. Students will put granules of yeast and sugar into containers. By varying the temperature of the water added and recording the amount of gas as demonstrated by the balloon inflation diameters, the students observe the relationship between temperature and metabolism. This is part of Fingerprints for Life, an online educational resource about Astrobiology.

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Could Life Exist in Other Places in the Solar System?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

In their science journals, students record what they already know about our solar system. Then they examine NASA images of moons, planets, and the Sun to evaluate them as possible places for life to exist.This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 25.

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Where Does Life Live?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students use cards and/or computer images to look at some extreme environments and then match the environments with life forms they support. On large sheets of paper, students summarize what they have learned about where life can exist. This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 22.

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Are Microbes Alive?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students observe mold growing on potatoes and then look at magnified images of several different microbes. This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 19.

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What Does Life Need?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Working in small groups, students determine, write about and/or draw what a particular living organism needs to survive. This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 17.

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Is It Living?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students compare a living and a nonliving object to begin defining life. They go outdoors to search for living things.This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 10.

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Do You Think Aliens Exist?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students discuss the possible existence of alien life and then survey the group to record and graph opinions. They use their science journals to write about and illustrate their ideas.This activity is one of eight as part of the Astrobiology Afterschool Guide. This activity can be found on page 7.

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Ripening Fruits and Vegetables

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will compare and contrast the rate of ripening fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of using a chemical inhibitive on that rate of ripening.

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Planning and Serving Food

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will plan a 5-day flight menu and design a food tray that can be used in space.

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Mold Growth

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

After observing mold growth on different types of bread, the students will measure and record the growth rate.

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How Much is Waste?

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will measure the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for space flight, and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for space flight.

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Food Selection

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will determine the acceptability of food products for space flight by participating in a sensory taste panel.

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Food Preparation for Space

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will measure the proper amounts and mix ingredients of rehydrateable foods and drinks.

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Mission: Control!

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to improve balance and spatial awareness by performing throwing and catching techniques on one foot.

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Jump for the Moon

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance by performing jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving.

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Do a Spacewalk!

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to increase muscular strength and improve upper and lower body coordination by performing the "bear crawl" and the "crab walk."

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Crew Strength Training

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to develop upper and lower body strength in their muscles and bones by performing body-weight squats and push-ups.

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Base Station Walk-Back

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance as they walk a progressive measured distance.

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Bag of Bones

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

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

In this activity, students will be able to identify the effects of decreased bone mass (osteroporosis) and describe why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.

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Destination Mars

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

This lesson is designed to increase students' knowledge, awareness, and curiosity about the process of scientific exploration of Mars. As scientists look for evidence of life on Mars, they will focus on how to get there: Navigation and Trajectory.

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Hole-y Bones

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will compare the amount of calcium needed by the body at different developmental stages and demonstrate the effect of calcium loss on bones. This activity is from the NASA Sci Files: The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge. It is found on page 44.

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Oxygen How Much?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will discover their oxygen requirements during relaxation and during strenuous activity. Then they can determine how much air an average "student astronaut" would need on a 7-hour spacewalk. This activity is from the Suited for Spacewalking on page 83.

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Find Your Way Around Without Visual or Sound Cues

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

In this activity, students will play a series of simple games to investigate navigation without visual and sound cues.

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Vestibular-Ocular Reflex

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will perform various investigations to understand the vestibular-ocular reflex and learn about the importance of visual cues in maintaining balance.

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Visualizing How the Vestibular System Works

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

In this activity, students will learn about the effects of different types of motion on the hairs suspended in fluid in the inner ear. Students create a model that permits them to visualize the movement of fluid and bending of hairs in teh inner ear in response to motion it also demonstrates how the vestibular system maintains or restores equilibrium despite movement.

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How Quick Are Your Reflexes?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will learn what reaction time is and how it is measured and investigate the effects of fatigue on reaction time.

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Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

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

Uploaded: June 13, 2011

An activity to grow plants in an environment similar to the Moon designed in a unique partnership between NASA scientists and engineers and education professionals. The lesson incorporates leading-edge insight and practical experiences for students on how NASA works with plants.

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