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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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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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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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Probing Below the Surface of Mars

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Uploaded: April 04, 2012

Students record and graph temperature data to learn about the search for water on Mars.

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How Does Flowing Water Shape a Surface

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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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Earth Calling

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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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Reaping Rocks

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Uploaded: March 26, 2012

Students have a chance to become "SCI rock investigators" by making predictions about the origin of lunar rocks by first collecting, describing and classifying neighborhood rocks.

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Regolith Formation

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Uploaded: March 26, 2012

To compare the process of regolith formation on Earth and on the Moon, drop rocks into various materials to see the kinds of impacts they make.

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Moon Math: Craters

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Uploaded: March 26, 2012

This lesson combines a series of activities to help students understand the physical characteristics of the moon. Objectives Students will: • Create a simulation to model how craters and regolith are formed on the moon. • Practice mathematical principles to determine lunar crater formation characteristics. • Predict the origin of lunar rocks by first collecting, describing and classifying neighborhood rocks. • Demonstrate how the stratigraphy of lava flows is produced by multiple eruptions.

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Charting the Physical Characteristics of Earth vs. Mars

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Remote satellite images of Earth and Mars are used to compare and contrast physical processes that occur on both planets. Objectives Students will: • Identify similarities and differences between the physical processes that occur on Earth and Mars. • Classify images of Earth and Mars by observing physical features in each image. • Speculate about the physical features observed in each image.

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Constructing and testing the Ring Wing Glider

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the Ring Wing flying model. They test fly this vehicle and determine how they might be able to add control surfaces to adjust the flight pattern of this model. Download the Designing the 21st Century Aerospace Vehicle bookmark from Utah State University’s "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu/tinasa username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: Other NASA Print Resources Select: NASA Bookmarks and Trading Cards

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Constructing the X-33

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the proposed X–33. Measurements of each surface and comparisons to the full-scale versions introduce students to scale model concepts. Download the X-Plane Generation activity guide and video from Utah State University's "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAConnect/index.html username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: NASA Video & Multimedia

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Aerodynamics of Baseball

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Hit Modeler Simulator program: With this software, you can study how far a baseball will travel after it is hit by a bat by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. These are the same forces that generate the drag of an aircraft wing. Curveball Simulator program: With this software you can study how a big league pitcher throws a curveball by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Values include the pitch speed, wind and weather conditions. These are the same forces that generate the lift of an aircraft wing.

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Making a Periscope

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

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

A periscope is an optical instrument that uses a system of prisms, lenses or mirrors to reflect images through a tube. Light from a distant object strikes the top mirror and is then reflected at an angle of 90 degrees down the periscope tube. At the bottom of the periscope, the light strikes another mirror and is then reflected into the viewer's eye. This simple periscope uses only flat mirrors as compared to the periscopes used on submarines, which are usually a complex optical system using both lenses and mirrors.

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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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Astroventure Geology Mission

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students explore the roles of various geologists as they compare the geology of Earth, Mars and Venus in an online tutorial and activity.

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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

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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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Density Cubes

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 14 To determine the density of different metals. Activity Overview: Using mathematics, students will determine the density of differing metals by first calculating each one’s mass and size, then solving as required.

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Shape Memory Alloys (SMA)

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 11. Objective: Through experimentation, students will learn how a Shape Memory Alloy reacts to heat in order to regain its shape. Activity Overview: By stretching the nitinol sample and then immersing it in hot water, students will see how the sample reacts. This can be repeated as many times as necessary with each student or group of students

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Material Comparisons

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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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Rocket Pinwheel

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Construct a balloon- powered pinwheel. The balloon-powered pinwheel spins because of the action-reaction principle described in Newton's Third Law of Motion. Stated simply, the law says every action is, accompanied by an opposite and equal reaction. In this case, the balloon produces an action by squeezing on the air inside causing it to rush out the straw. The air, traveling around the bend in the straw, imparts a reaction force at a right angle to the straw. The result is that the balloon and straw spins around the pin.

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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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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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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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How to Keep Gelatin from Melting

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

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Students will design and build a platform that will be placed on top of a heat source. A 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm cube of gelatin will be placed on the platform, with a thermometer inserted in it. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the cube as cool as possible and prevent the gelatin from melting.

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Our World: Designing a Shower Clock

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Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Our World: Designing a Shower Clock allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the five steps of the Design Process to successfully complete a team challenge. Within this work, students design, measure, build, test and re-design a shower clock. Once the shower clock is built, students discuss ways to conserve and recycle water.

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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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Mars Image Analysis

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

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 4-10)

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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Why is the Sky Blue

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-5)

Uploaded: January 11, 2012

KSNN video explaining why the sky is blue.

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Engineering Design Challenges-PPT_Susan Kohler

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Uploaded: July 26, 2011

By structuring these STEM activities around real-world engineering applications, these STEM engineering challenge activities are effective, innovative ways to engage students in the engineering design process, encourage their interest in space exploration, and inspire them to pursue a career in engineering. The activities are related to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions. The guide brings hands-on engineering and the adventure of space exploration to life for students. This power point includes: "Touchdown", "Launch It" from the On the Moon Guide and "Heavy Lifting" from the Rocket Guide.

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Red Shift, Blue Shift

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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

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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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Introduction to the Electromagnetic Spectrum

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

This 5-minute video helps reinforce the relationships found by the student teams with animations and physical data.

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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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Wavelength and Energy

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students will be introduced to the relationship between frequency, energy, and wavelength using a rope, tape measure, and stopwatch.

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Space Operations Learning Center

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

A set of four online training units on Space Communications, Flight Dynamics, Information Processing, and Mission Operations. There are also three lower elementary modules.

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Building a Simple Spectroscope

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Instructions for building a simple spectroscope in a small cardboard box.

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Simple Magnifiers

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students use bottles, jars, and water to create different magnifiers

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Investigating Ice Worlds

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students use various light sources to examine ice and understand how NASA studies planets and moons from space

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Amazing Rays

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students explore light and heat as different components of the Sun’s energy using photo reactive paper as a passive sensor

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Inertial Balance

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students calibrate an inertial balance and then use it to determine an unknown mass.

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Pendulums

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students explore the effect of mass and string length on the period of a pendulum.

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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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Falling Weight Apparatus

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students use a simple apparatus to explore the difference between gravity and microgravity.

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Nature of Salt

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students examine the molecular structure of salt and the elements that compose it.

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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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Space Weather Action Center

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students monitor the progress of an entire solar storm from the time it erupts from our Sun until it sweeps past our small planet effecting enormous changes in our magnetic field.

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Build a Magnetometer

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students build a magnetometer using a soda bottle and a bar magnet to understand how to monitor and study magnetic fields and storms.

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Composite Materials

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students explore the properties of composite materials through a series of four demonstrations.

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Reaction Rates

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students explore factors affecting reaction rates. A whole antacid tablet and a crushed tablet are added to separate beakers of water so that their relative reaction rates can be compared. Students will: Discover conditions that make a reaction proceed faster or slower, and demonstrate how increasing the surface area of a chemical increases its reaction rate.

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3-2-1 Pop!

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students construct a rocket powered by the pressure generated from an effervescing antacid tablet.

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Potato Float

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students will float an object in varying density solutions.

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Liquid Rainbow

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students use salt and food colorings to generate different density water and create a density rainbow

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Heat As The Agent of Change: Atoms and Molecules in Motion

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students study heat and its effects on the states of matter in a physical simulation. Module from Genesis mission education.

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On Target

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble onto a target. In this challenge, kids follow the engineering design process to: (1) modify a cup to carry a marble down a zip line; (2) attach a string to tip the cup; (3) test their cup by sliding it down the zip line, releasing the marble, and trying to hit a target on the floor; and (4) improve their system based on testing results.

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Balloon Staging

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Two inflated balloons are joined in a way that simulates a multistage rocket launch as they slide along a fishing line on the thrust produced by escaping air.

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Nose Cone Experts

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Student teams will construct predesigned card stock nose cones from patterns provided in the Adventures In Rocket Science Activity Guide. The wind tunnel simulation is one of the most basic and can be easily modified to create improved airflow, etc. Drag is measured here as a result of the differing distances the rocket body travels in opposition to the airflow. See page 90 of the guide.

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Accelerometers

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

This activity provides students with the plans for making a one-axis accelerometer that can be used to measure acceleration in different environments ranging from +3 to –3 g. Students are then challenged to use their accelerometers to measure various accelerations.

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Racing Against Friction

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

This lesson will introduce students to the concept of friction being a slowing force. Students will test a vehicle on various surfaces and conditions to understand how friction affects speed. Lesson found on page 96 of Adventures in Rocket Science Guide.

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Toys In Space-

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students explore the effects of microgravity on toys and create modifications to the toys during a videoconference event. The videoconference allows students to play the role of scientists and engineers in examining the physics of popular toys and games in the classroom. There are several videos online and educational resources to use separately from the live videoconference event.

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Spaced Out Sports

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students perform a series of activities to explore aspects of gravity’s effect on games. This educator guide includes four "Talk Show" overviews of science and sports concepts and then five activities for the students to do.

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Marble Run

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students use marbles and flexible pipe insulation to create roller-coaster style tracks.

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Fluttering Fun, Point of Balance

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This lesson, from the NASA SciFiles Case of the Challenging Flight, will challenge students to study balance using an irregular shape and paperclips.

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Aerogel-lo, Technology For Studying Comets: Part 3 Aerogel

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

This activity offers a simple approach for “experiencing” aerogel. Aerogel is an amazing feat of technology that was used by the STARDUST spacecraft to capture high-velocity interstellar dust and particles from the coma of comet Wild 2. This demonstration uses gelatin and pellets to show how STARDUST’s aerogel collector captured comet particles. The gelatin is referred to as “aerogel-lo.” The activity starts on page 9 of the document.

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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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Jet Propulsion

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

By using a series of stations or centers, students discover how a jet engine takes in air, compresses it, and burns fuel to make air expand. They learn how the air is then forced out the tailpipe to create thrust. An optional teacher demonstration combines all these components into a single tennis-ball-container engine. In part two of the lesson, students build a static, or non-moving, model of a jet engine. At the end of the lesson, students use technical writing skills to explain how a jet engine works. Two student sheets are included. Lessons found on page 32 of Exploring the Extreme Educator Guide.

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Future Flight Design Paper Airplane Activity

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students apply the engineering design process to build and evaluate paper airplane designs.

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Collisions

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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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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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Build A Solar Oven

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

An engineering Design Challenge to design and build a solar box cooker, and test it out to see if it works well enough to make S ‘mores.

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Surface Color and Effect of Temperature Change

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Students will investigate how surface color affects temperature change.

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Vegetable Light Curves

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

In this activity, students will observe the surface of rotating potatoes to help them understand how astronomers can sometimes determine the shape of asteroids from variations in reflective brightness.

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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

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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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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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Views: 1327
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Space Rocks! A Meteorite Game

URL (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students listen to an on-line Native American tale followed by boardgame activitiy; reinforces understanding of the origins of meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, as well as their characteristics and importance, while tackling some common misconceptions.

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Views: 772
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Finding Impact Craters

URL (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Images by LANDSAT are provided to students of land formation to determine possible evidence of where impact craters were formed. Students also are provided resources within the Web site to draw conclusions on what would happen in the event if an asteroid struck Earth.

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Views: 905
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Searching for Meteorites

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Small balloons are inserted with an assortment of small fragments of rock chips of different colors and then filled with water. Students drop the water-filled balloons and observe and record the debris field pattern of the impact by observing the scattered rock chips where the balloons broke.

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Views: 1020
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Detecting Planet Transits

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

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Views: 1145
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GLOBE Soil Learning Activities: Soil Temperature

URL (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Introduces students to the importance of soil, why it needs to be studied, and how it is affected by climate. Part of the GLOBE education materials.

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Views: 912
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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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Views: 926
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Out of Sight Activity

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

Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students attempt to operate a remote control vehicle without being able to see it directly.

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Views: 1092
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Touchdown Challenge

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

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students will design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land.

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Views: 1400
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Thermal Protection Systems Challenge

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

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

This activity challenges students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program while learning about heat and heat transfer.

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Views: 1173
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Spacecraft Structures

URL (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

In this challenge, students will undertake the problem of designing a strong but lightweight thrust structure that can withstand the launch of a bottle rocket by means of a wooden lever. By using simple materials such as craft sticks, cardboard, and a hot-melt glue, students strive to make their structure lighter while maintaining its strength. The goal is to construct a launcher that can withstand the force of repeatedly launching a one-kilogram bottle of water one meter into the air. This activity challenges your students to solve a real-world problem that is part of the space program using creativity, cleverness, and scientific knowledge, while learning about forces, structures, and energy transfer.

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Views: 1155
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Curveball Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can study how a big league pitcher throws a curveball by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Values include the pitch speed, wind, and weather conditions. These are the same forces that generate the lift of an aircraft wing.

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Views: 1317
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Interactive Sound Waves Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this applet you can investigate how sound waves travel through the air.

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Views: 1370
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AtmosModeler Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate changes in the atmosphere and its effects on aerodynamic variables.

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Views: 1172
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FoilSim III Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate how an aircraft wing produces lift and drag by changing the values of different factors that affect lift and the factors that affect drag.

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Views: 2224

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