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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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Constructing and testing the Ring Wing Glider

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

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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Views: 1493
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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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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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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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Views: 1147
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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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Views: 1963
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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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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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Views: 1368
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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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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

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

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

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

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

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Simple Magnifiers

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

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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Views: 1074
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3-2-1 Pop!

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

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

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Views: 1253
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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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Views: 1084
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Liquid Rainbow

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

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

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Views: 1064
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Heat As The Agent of Change: Atoms and Molecules in Motion

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-9)

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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Views: 1078
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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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Accelerometers

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

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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Views: 885
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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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Views: 700
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Fluttering Fun, Point of Balance

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

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

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

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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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

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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Views: 881
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Build A Solar Oven

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

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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Views: 1194
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Surface Color and Effect of Temperature Change

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Students will investigate how surface color affects temperature change.

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Views: 1188
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Vegetable Light Curves

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

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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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: 1396
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Solar System Missions

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students research recent discoveries about our solar system using NASA Internet sites.

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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: 1141
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Soccer NASA Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can study how a soccer player "bends" the ball and makes it curve through the air by changing the values of the factors that affect the aerodynamic forces on the ball. Factors include the speed of the kick, the direction and angle, and the weather conditions. These are the same factors that affect the lift and drag on an aircraft wing.

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Views: 1200
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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: 1382
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Hit Modeler Simulator

URL (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this simulation 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.

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Views: 993
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TunnelSys Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

With this software you can investigate the design, testing, and post-processing of a wing model in a wind tunnel. TunnelSys is a series of three Java computer programs which students can use to explore the process of wind tunel testing. In wind tunnel testing, an engineer must first design and build a wind tunnel model with all of the appropriate instrumentation included. The model is then placed in the tunnel test section and air is blown over the model. Different diagnostic techniques may be employed during a wind tunnel test and the instrumentation records the desired information for the model designer. The engineer who conducts the wind tunnel test is not normally the same person who designed the model, but someone who is a specialist at wind tunnel operation. The data from the test then goes to a third engineer who performs the necessary data reduction and produces performance plots for the initial engineer.

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Wright 1901 Wind Tunnel Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

This activity presents instructions for using a computer simulation of the Wright 1901 wind tunnel to teach students some of the basics of scientific experiments and test techniques. This activity was developed by Tom Benson of the NASA Glenn Research Center. It requires a personal computer with Internet access. The activities can be run on-line or downloaded to run off-line. Students will learn to conduct parametric studies, to record and reduce data, prepare graphs, and interpret results.

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Views: 1046
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Interactive Sound Waves Simulator

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

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

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Views: 1419
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AtmosModeler Simulator

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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: 1231
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FoilSim III Simulator

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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: 2377

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