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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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GLOBE Estimating Cloud Cover: A Simulation

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

Uploaded: July 02, 2013

This activity will help students better understand percent cloud cover and to take more accurate cloud cover observations. Working in pairs or small groups, students use construction paper to simulate cloud cover. They estimate the percentage of cloud cover represented by torn pieces of paper on a contrasting background and assign a cloud cover classification to the simulations created by their classmates.

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MarsBound! Game PowerPoint Introduction

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Uploaded: September 12, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation serves as a visual introduction to the engineering design simulation game created by the ASU Mars Education program and funded by JPL. The presentation will show the game board and cards with guidelines required to complete a mission. The url for the newest edition of the game documents is located at: http://marsed.asu.edu/lesson_plans/marsbound

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Curiosity Video 7 Minutes of Terror from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 23, 2012

This is the latest video explaining how the rover will decend into the Martian atmosphere and land on Mars on August 5, 2012 @ 10:31pm PST. This is what we hope happens!

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SciFiles: The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-8)

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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Is There Life on Other Worlds? Drake Equation

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

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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Earth Calling

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students explore spacecraft radio communication concepts, including the speed of light and the time delay for signals sent to and from spacecraft. They measure the amount of time it takes for a radio signal to travel to a spacecraft to and from a spacecraft, and divise unique solutions to the radio signal delay problem.

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Engine Sim

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This is an interactive educational computer program that allows students to design and test jet engines. There is a detailed tutorial.

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Smart Skies - Fly by 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. "Fly By Math" offers five air traffic control problems that address the safe separation of two planes.

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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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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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Mars Image Analysis

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

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

How do scientists understand and interpret the surface features of Mars from orbit and determine if a proposed landing site will meet the mission’s science goals? This activity leads students through the process of selecting a landing site on Mars.

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Pocket Solar System

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-8)

Uploaded: October 27, 2011

Pocket Solar System: Making a Scale Model of our Solar System is a very easy and inexpensive activity that uses adding machine paper and fractions to make a scale model of the distances of the planets, asteroids and Pluto in our solar system. http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=392

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NASA's Math and Science @ Work

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Uploaded: September 13, 2011

NASA's Math and Science @ Work project provides challenging supplemental problems based on space exploration topics. This project engages students by providing real world applications to promote critical thinking and problem-solving while exposing students to careers working in space exploration. These problems are for high school students in advanced classes, grades 10-12, and are formatted in a free-response style. Problems are available for Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History and Human Geography. All materials are free to download from the website.

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Visualizing the Planets to Scale

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

Uploaded: August 12, 2011

Creating the eight planets of the Solar System to scale using different size spheres/balls.

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Red Shift, Blue Shift

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students get a chance to apply their understanding of the relationship between wavelength and frequency to explain the Doppler effect first in sound and then in electromagnetic waves.

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Simple Spectroscope

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students build a simple spectroscope using a toilet paper tube and diffraction grating then use the scope to observe the spectra of different light sources and draw their observations on a provided worksheet.

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What's the frequency, Roy G. Biv

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students create a physical model comparing the wavelengths and frequencies of red, green, and violet light on adding machine tape.

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Count Your Lucky Stars

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will readily understand that the number of stars in the galaxy are truly astronomical, not to mention the total number of stars in the universe. It is recommended that students work in pairs for this activity. See page 60 of the guide.

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Follow the Falling Meteorite

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Apply geometric properties and triangulation to determine the location where a meteorite fell.

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Potato Astronaut Exploration Brief: Micrometeoroids and Space Debris

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

The effects of high-speed micrometeoroid impacts are simulated with a potato and a straw in two activities.Part 1: Students will investigate the relationship between velocity and penetration depth when a potato is struck with a plastic straw. Part 2: Challenge the students to design a way to protect the potato from damage caused by impacts using just the materials they brought to the classroom. (See page 69 of guide.)

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Four Forces of Flight Game

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

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

The Four Forces of Flight board game is played by students who use the four forces of flight to be the first to fly from Thrust City airport to Liftville airport. The board game contains some simple problem solving.

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Collisions

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

Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students will be observing colliding marbles, which demonstrate the law of conservation of momentum. The momentum of a moving object is the product of its mass and its velocity (p = mv). If all of the marbles are identical in mass and size, a moving marble will transfer its momentum to a stationary marble when they collide.

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Walking Planet Distances

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity has two parts: Exploring Planet Sizes and Walking Planet Distances. The second part of the activity takes the students outside to walk the distances between the planets over a 600-meter area.

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Keeping Your Cool

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity demonstrates the principle behind the operation of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit liquid cooling garment.

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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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Light Pollution Star Count

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 1-12)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Encourage your students to participate in a world-wide citizen science campaign to observe and record the magnitude of visible stars as a means of measuring light pollution in a given location. Because the data collection occurs in the evening, this is an excellent opportunity to get parents involved in a learning activity with their child. Participants will learn how to locate the constellation Leo. They will learn stars have different magnitudes of brightness in the night sky and that this information is of interest to scientists studying light pollution. Provided by Globe at Night.

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Space Weather Action Centers

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate solar storms and their effect on the Earth to produce a space weather daily report.

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Earth, Moon, and Mars Balloons

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Construct a scale model of the Earth-Moon-Mars system in terms of planetary size and distance. And discover how far one might have to travel to get to the Moon or Mars.

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Exploring Planet Sizes

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

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate planetary sizes by using models to represent planets in our solar system.This activity has two parts: Exploring Planet Sizes and Walking Planet Distances. In this first part students find objects (food and candy) to match the sizes of the planets for a Solar System model on the one ten-billionth scale.

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Assessing Planets as Candidates for Life

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students engage in a thorough investigation of what life is, what life needs to live, what makes a world habitable, what can life tolerate, and is there life on other worlds. Series of five activities from the "Life on Earth ... and elsewhere?" Educator Guide from NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

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Paint By Numbers

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

A pencil and paper activity demonstrates how astronomical spacecraft and computers create images of objects in space.

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Can We Take It With Us?

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Although intended for a Lunar mission, this activity works well for Mars as a destination too. Students work in teams to determine the maximum amount of payload that they can take on a mission. Students are given a container that represents the maximum weight allowed. They are also given a list of mandatory mission ratios, a double balance, 80 pennies, and an empty container to weigh their trial payloads. The team closest to the maximum payload weight without going over is declared the winner.

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Mars Bound

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will be introduced to the design process, engineering, and technology. Students will learn that the design process is not a simple linear progression from one step to the next resulting in a finished product. Although there are steps, the design process is an iterative one: designing, modifying, testing, and redesigning until a finished product is made. A central tenet of engineering, however, is that there is no such thing as a “perfect design.”

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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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Air Engines

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

The students will use an inflated balloon to exert the forces to propel it down a fishing line test track. Long narrow balloons (not the type used for “balloon animals”) are preferred.

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Landing A Rover

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

The teams’ challenge is to design and build a model of a Lunar Transport Rover that will carry equipment and people on the surface of the Moon. It uses the example of the Mars Rovers to see what type of rover would work best on the Moon. This activity was developed by Goddard to be used for BEST robotics engineering clubs. There is a series of 12 activities included, the Lunar Transport Rover activity is on page 38.

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MARSDIAL: Show Me the Way to Go Home

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

In this activity, students will learn how to determine the direction of true north using only a shadow cast by the Sun. If the students have performed Marsdial Activity #1, they will already be well acquainted with the materials they will be using in this activity. Students will develop skills in working with geometric measuring tools (compass) in a real-world application by measuring shadow lengths and angles and by using this information to achieve the goal of finding direction.

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