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GLOBE Estimating Cloud Cover: A Simulation

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

Uploaded: July 02, 2013

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

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MarsBound! Game PowerPoint Introduction

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Uploaded: September 12, 2012

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

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Curiosity Video 7 Minutes of Terror from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 23, 2012

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

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Looking at the Sun pptx

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: June 18, 2012

This is the resource is the PowerPoint slide set used for the "Looking at the Sun" Webshop conducted on the NEON Website. It discusses NASA missions to study the sun and a few of the simple material models for simulating Earth- Moon distance, solar and lunar eclipses.

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Moon Dial "Phaser"

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Uploaded: May 22, 2012

This is a handy manipulative that helps with idenitfying the phases of the moon and their location in the sky. Originally created by educator Chuck Bueter and posted online for instructional use.

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Summer of Innovation Rocketry Camp Journal

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Uploaded: May 07, 2012

This is the Journal that goes along with the Rocketry Weeklong Camp. It is given to you in a word format, so you can make adjustments to suit your sites needs.

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SciFiles: The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle

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

Uploaded: April 11, 2012

The NASA SCI Files™ is designed to enhance and enrich existing curriculum.Two to three days of class time are suggested for each segment to fully use video, resources, activities and websites listed in each segment. Dozens of books with ISBN numbers are listed in relation to the topic, along with dozens of websites for integrating technology with these lessons. Visit this external link for the video download links, which are archived at the Teacher Link provided by Utah State University: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASASCIfiles/index.html

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Hurricanes as Heat Engines

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Uploaded: April 10, 2012

Students examine authentic NASA satellite data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface. Objectives: * Students will practice finding data via the Internet. * Students will practice making line plots and data maps. * Students will understand how hurricanes gain energy from the ocean surface. * Students will form a hypothesis, compare data parameters and draw conclusions.

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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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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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Moon Math: Craters

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

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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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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Spacebots

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

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Students will learn how NASA uses robotics technology to a great extent in its exploration of space. Participants will learn how NASA defines robotics, see how robotic systems are already widely used in the space program, and discover what plans there are for future robotic applications. Students will also have the opportunity to share their activity results with the NASA Education Specialist.

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“Planetary Play-Doh” Solar System Mass Comparison

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

If Jupiter was the size of a softball how large would the other planets be comparing their relative masses? This is the basis for this activity that starts with 3lbs of Play-Doh or any similar dough material to create scaled models of the solar system planets, including dwarf planet Pluto. The original set of directions have been modified to use a much easier cylinder shape to start each division of the materials and will be found in this resource repositiory in a separate file.

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Plan to Fly

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

In this activity, students create a flight plan and determine factors such as departure airport, destination airport, flight route and flying time in hours. Students role play the communication of flight plans between pilot and air traffic controller using the phonetic alphabet.

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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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Engine Sim

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Uploaded: March 21, 2012

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

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Views: 662
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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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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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Solar System in Your Pocket (PowerPoint Directions)

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 2-12)

Uploaded: December 15, 2011

In working with teachers on solar system resources, the "Solar System in Your Pocket" activity is a wonderfully designed scale activity that requires few resources. It is as much a directions following activity as it is a representation of the relative distances of the planets in our solar system, so this PowerPoint presentation was designed to create a visual to accompany the written and oral directions. Coupled with the original design by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, students may become aware of the small scale applications of astronomical units and the comparisons of distances of the solar system's planets. Teachers may insert the curious mathematical table of the Bode's - Titus Law that predicts average orbital distances. It is important to discuss the misconceptions associated with models, this one included. For example, the idea that the planets are "lined up" as they appear in most graphics and that these distances do not vary.

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Pocket Solar System

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

Uploaded: October 27, 2011

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

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NASA's Math and Science @ Work

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Uploaded: September 13, 2011

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

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Red Shift, Blue Shift

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

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

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Simple Spectroscope

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

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

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

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What's the frequency, Roy G. Biv

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

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

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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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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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Radiation Exposure on Earth

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

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students look at different sources of radiation and calculate their exposure levels.

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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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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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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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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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Hot Air Balloon Activity

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Uploaded: June 21, 2011

The Hot Air Balloon activity is found on page 40 of the Aeronautics Educator Guide. Students will learn that heat can change air, and the hot air rises. They will also build a working model of a hot air balloon.

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Cool Suits

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity engages students in testing and analyzing the relationship between reflection/absorption and color of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit. Also for this activity, have the students observe the NASA’s 21st Century Explorer 30-second newsbreak, “How will your imagination help you become an explorer?” Download the newsbreak at http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/explorers/p12.html

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Keeping Your Cool

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

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

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Phototropism: How Little Light Will Bend a Seedling?

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Investigate the effects of light quantity on the bending of seedlings. Activity is located in the “Teachers and Students Investigating Plants in Space” educator guide, page 88

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Animal Antics

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

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Student teams will be creating and using a classification chart to separate small cards with animal pictures into the respective animal classification groups. Each group will be awarded points by the teacher for the correct classification and placement of the animal cards. Extensions to the activity could include having students create graphs in Excel and research the other four classes of fish and the other classes of invertebrates that were not included in the chart, using internet and print reference materials..

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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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Paint By Numbers

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

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

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

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Destination Mars

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

This lesson is designed to increase students' knowledge, awareness, and curiosity about the process of scientific exploration of Mars. As scientists look for evidence of life on Mars, they will focus on how to get there: Navigation and Trajectory.

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What Is the Right Answer?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Introduces the concept that sometimes there is no one “right” answer to a question or measurement. This is part of the GLOBE education guide, but could also be done separately.

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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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MARSDIAL: Show Me the Way to Go Home

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Uploaded: June 13, 2011

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

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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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NASA Connect: The "Wright" Math

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students will construct and predict which of four designs will be the most effective flyer. The student will use algebra to calculate wing area, wingspan, chord length, and aspect ratio. Students will build a portable glider catapult to analyze wing geometry based on measurement (distance rating) and observations (glide rating and speed rating). Students will design, construct, and test an experimental wing to achieve maximum distance. This is a great project for incorporating collaborative problem-solving strategies in a real-life application. Video download Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation: http://www.knowitall.org//sites/nasa/connect/index3.html

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The Sled Kite

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Uploaded: June 08, 2011

Students construct and fly the basic sled kite design to understand the forces of flight and how kites were used to better understand aircraft control.

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