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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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Don't Burst My Bubble: Create a Biosphere

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

Uploaded: April 07, 2012

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

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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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Make a Comet Model

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Comets have sometimes been described as dirty snowballs, snowy dirtballs or something in between. But what does that really mean? It means that these they are believed to be a cold mixture of frozen water, dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide), and other sandy/rocky materials left over from the early formation of our solar system. In this activity, we are going to develop a comet model that you can eat. Once your team has made your comet, you'll trade a sample of it with another team. Once traded, you will use your different senses to demonstrate the filters on an instrument called a spectrometer that will collect data on the Deep Impact spacecraft. A spectrometer analyzes the structure and composition of comets by using nine different filters. You will use four of your senses individually to decide what is in the ice cream. Most of the ingredients can be found in your home.

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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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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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Modeling the Solar System

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

This series of lessons for science and mathematics classes (grades 3-12) looks at the planets in our solar system in a variety of different ways, beginning with astronomical modeling of orbits and sizes, then geologic modeling of planetary interiors, and concluding with biological evaluation of what makes planets livable by various creatures.

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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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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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Views: 1315
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Rotor Motor

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students make paper models that imitate the rotation of the rotor blades of a helicopter. Using tape from an audio or videocassette, students determine the number of rotations of the model as it falls through the air.

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Views: 1034
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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: 1818
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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: 1081
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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: 1106
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Food for Thought - Summer of Innovation

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Uploaded: March 20, 2012

Collection of 6 activities from the Space Food and Nutrition Guide. Includes Planning and Serving Food, Food Selection, Mold Growth, Preparing Food for Space, How much is waste, and Ripening Fruits and Vegetables.

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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

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

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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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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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: 1430
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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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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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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: 940
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Stories in the Sky

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

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students create a constellation in a portable planetarium and write a constellation myth to explain it. Includes instructions on building your own portable planetarium.

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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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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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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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Roving on the Moon

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will design and build a rubber band-powered moon rover that can scramble across the room. This activity is from the Design Squad Challenges.

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Crew Exploration Vehicle Design Challenge

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

Students will design and build a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) that will carry two cm-sized passengers safely and to meet the following constraints: 1. Safely carry two little plastic people. You must design and build a secure seat for these people, without gluing or taping them in place. The people should stay in their seats during a Drop Test from over your head. 2. Create a hatch that can open and close on your vehicle. 3. Fit within the 4” mailing tube provided (or the size constraints as indicated).

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Views: 1109
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Water Filtration System

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

Uploaded: June 13, 2011

The challenge is to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials. To meet this challenge, students build, test and measure the performance of the filtration device, analyze the data collected, and use this information to work towards an improved filtration design.

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Views: 872
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Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

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

Uploaded: June 13, 2011

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

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Views: 1259
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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: 1173
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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: 1155

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