NASA Wavelength

Earth Science Lab: Air Quality

This activity uses an episode of poor air quality over the Midwest and Eastern seaboard to engage students in an exploration of the collection, comparison, analysis and utilization of air quality data.

GLOBE: Biosphere Protocol eTraining

The biosphere- that part of Earth's land, water and atmosphere that supports life- is the focus of this GLOBE eTraining program module. Protocols for classifying land cover, performing biometric field studies and measuring green-up and green-down are explained.

Why Do Volcanoes Erupt?

In this textbook chapter, students are introduced to the study of tectonics through an exploration of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens, including an interview with geomorphologist Dr. Danny Vaughn, Indiana State University.

Translating Between Tables and Expressions

Students will learn about black holes through reading a NASA press release and viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment. Then students will use tables and mathematical expressions to compare black hole sizes and temperatures.

Earth's Orbit

In this activity, learners draw a circle with a single focus, an ellipse with two foci close together, and an ellipse with two foci far apart, and compare the shapes.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Communication Design Challenge

In this activity, teams of learners will model how scientists and engineers design and build spacecraft to collect, store, and transmit data to Earth.

Experimenting with UV-Sensitive Beads

Participants experiment with ultraviolet light sensitive plastic beads, which are generally white but turn colors when exposed to UV light.

Building Intuition for In-water Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing: Spectrophotometer Activity with littleBits™

This activity demonstrates optical properties of water: that different constituents in water affect the transmission, absorption, and scattering of different colors in the visible light spectrum.

Exploring Solar Systems Across the Universe

Learners will investigate, compare, and describe patterns in Solar System data. They will then hypothesize about the formation of the Solar System based on data and explain how extrasolar planets can be discovered.

ClimateBits: El Niño

This brief (1:58) video provides an explanation of El Niño and its impact on the marine food web. Satellite images of a large El Niño in 2015 show the impact on both water temperature and phytoplankton blooms.