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Hands On Weather Science Activities Webinar

Archive (.zip) (Grade Level: 4-8)

Uploaded: August 12, 2013

This "Teacher Learning Journey" webinar explores NASA's role in our understanding and forecasting of weather. NASA STEM resources and curriculum guides you through a "storm" of classroom weather activities, online resources and a powerpoint presentation.

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NASA Eyes on the Earth Quick Reference Guide

Presentation in PDF format (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: July 23, 2013

This is a quick reference guide to help educators navigate the NASA Eyes on the Earth website. This will help you to understand all of the features of the resource and find the most appropriate ways to use it in your classroom.

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Views: 1607
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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

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-10)

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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The Tired Dog Whisperer

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: July 25, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation outlines an engineering design problem for students in elementary school.

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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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Views: 3118
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Strange New Planet (ASU Mars K-12 Education Program)

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

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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Areology - The Study of Mars

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

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

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

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Optics: Light, Color, and Their Uses Educator Guide

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

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

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

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Earth and Mars Physical Comparison

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

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

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The Coriolis Effect

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

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

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

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Solar System Simulator

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

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This Summer of Innovation lesson contains two separate activities for students to create scale models of the solar system.

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Desert Rats Virtual Test Site

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

At the D-Rats website students can log on to attempt virtual data gathering and mission simulations.

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Views: 936
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Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

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

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How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

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

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Weather to Fly By: Detecting Clouds Using Infrared Energy

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Using simple materials, students investigate weather, aviation, and the properties of the atmosphere. One activity, "Detecting Clouds Using Infrared Energy", has students demonstrate how a satellite’s infrared detector can see weather. Using only their hands, students create a thermal image map.

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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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Edible Rocks

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, has been designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites. Students use observation skills to draw a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). Edible “rocks” are used in a scientific context, showing students the importance of observation, teamwork and communication skills.

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Meteorite Sleuths

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The activities in this lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, focus on observation and examination skills. A Meteorite Sample Disk (or photos) will be at the center of four laboratory stations. Students will use several degrees of magnification to research meteorites in the Meteorite Sample Disk and other materials.

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Imagine the Universe: The Life Cycle of Stars

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

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

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Edible Mars Rover

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

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students use creative thinking and problem solving skills to design the FIDO or Athena Rover using a supply of different foods.

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Voyager 1 and 2, Where Are You?

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

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students will appreciate the great distances between the planets and their comparable sizes, view the solar system in three dimensions in a useful scale, and visualize the paths of the Voyager spacecraft and their present distances and positions.

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X1 Glider

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

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

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Wind Tunnel Activity for Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Build a simple wind tunnel for testing small objects.

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Parchute Activities - Summer of Innovation Aeronautics Camp

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

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

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Build a Table Top Airport

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students construct a model airport to identify and understand problems that face architects and planners of real airports. Models allow planners to identify potential problems with airport location, layout and design before expensive construction begins.

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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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Views: 1772
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Right Flight

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

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

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Views: 1047
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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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Views: 1076
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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: 1061
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Survival

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

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

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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Views: 1375
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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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Future Flight Design - The Design Center

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

In this section of the Future Flight Design website, students pick one of three aircraft designs and by choosing a variety of construction variables, the aircraft performance is evaluated.

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Future Flight Design - The Design Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

Students will be introduced to the basic design concepts of aeronautics by progressing through the following interactive labs: fuselage lab, propulsion lab, aeronautics lab, CFD lab, and wind tunnel lab. The basic design challenge has students testing and gathering data for one of four different paper airplanes.

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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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NASA's BEST Engineering

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Uploaded: June 20, 2011

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

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Views: 907
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Can you show that the temperature of air has an effect on it's effect on its weight and its directio

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

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

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Quantifying Changes in the Land Over TIme

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-10)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students learn to identify kinds of land cover (e.g., roads, fields, urban areas, and lakes) in Landsat satellite images. They decide which land cover types allow the passage of water into the soil (are pervious) and which types do not allow it (are impervious). They consider some effects of increasing impervious surface area on ecosystem health. Students then make land cover maps using two Landsat satellite images taken about a decade apart. They quantify the change of land cover from pervious to impervious surface during that time period. They make predictive maps of what they think the nature and extent of land cover change in the area will be in the year 2025, and speculate about the consequences for the availability of water for people and ecosystems. Students justify their predictive maps and their thoughts about the consequences of change in writing. This activity uses Landsat images of Phoenix, Arizona. Additional resources are available to permit teachers to download images of their regions through the USGS Web site provided in the resource section.

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Views: 1104
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Astro-Venture: Search For and Design a Habitable Planet

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

This interactive web site allows students to determine what makes a planet habitable and hospitable for life. Astro-Venture includes areas for learning about Astronomy, Astropheric Sciences, Geology, Biology as they design their planet. Interviews with NASA scientists, trading cards, and hands on activities are also included.

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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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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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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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Rover Races

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

To have the rover driver design and execute a series of commands that will guide a human rover through a simulated Martian surface, allowing the rover team to experience some of the challenges of teleoperating a robotic vehicle on another planet.

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Views: 773
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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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Robotic Online Virtual Exploration Rover

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

To program the rover using a series of commands to avoid obstacles and reach a target destination before battery power runs out. This is an online game designed for individual use. Would be good for a computer lab set up or when students have computer time.

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Views: 764
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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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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: 1128
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Spacecraft Structures

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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: 1125

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