NASA Wavelength

Remote Sensing and Ground Truth Primer

This chapter provides background information to teachers about remote sensing. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, sensors and platforms, scale and resolution, geographic information systems, and ground truthing images. The reading is appropriate as well for high school students.

Climate Kids: Recycling Program Educator

Using her countywide program as an example, a recycling educator offers incentives for recycling by providing data on energy savings and explaining how her county in Michigan supports the program.

Clay Lava Flows

Learners will understand some of the geological processes and the structures that form as lava flows across planetary landscapes by using mud as an analog for lava.

Zooming In on Active Galaxies

This activity focuses on the question, What do active galaxies look like when viewed from different distances? Students work in small groups to learn about the small angle formula, construct a template, and use it to correctly measure the angular size of a person.

Can you Show that the Temperature of Air has an Effect on its Weight and its Direction of Vertical Movement?

This activity has two purposes: 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.

Atmospheric CO2 Spike Experiment

In this interactive, use results from a GCM to test how a spike in atmospheric CO2 levels could affect average global temperature, average sea ice cover, and atmospheric water vapor. This is part of Unit 1 of Interactives and Models: Carbon & Climate in the Past.

Cloud Identification

In this online, interactive module, students learn about the ten common cloud types and how they are formed and how to identify different cloud types on satellite images. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules.

Science and Engineering Conference

This is an activity about how to measure the interplanetary magnetic field, or IMF. Learners will act as scientists and engineers at a conference to explain their discoveries from earlier activities of the larger resource where they designed their own ways to measure the IMF.

Spot Plots

This is an activity about measurement. Learners will label key points and features on a rectangular equal-area map and measure the distance between pairs of points in order to calculate the actual physical distance on the Sun that the point pairs represent.

Introduction to Cosmology

This website presents basic information and concepts about Cosmology and our current best understanding of the Universe. Cosmology is the scientific study of the large scale properties of the Universe as a whole.

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