NASA Wavelength

SciJinks: Gallery of Earth Landforms

This gallery showcases stunningly beautiful, revealing, and sometime abstract views of Earth landforms viewed from space. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.

Kepler Exoplanet Transit Hunt

This online Flash interactive simulates the process of discovering new exoplanets using the transit method. Learners explore a simulated star field, record data, make measurements and do calculations to discover new planets. Instructional videos and guides are included.

People of the Cassini Team

This is a lesson about science as a human endeavor. Learners will use a diverse collection of profiles of people who work on the Cassini–Huygens mission to learn about science as a human endeavor and to reflect on their own career goals and personal impressions of the mission.

Modeling the Keeling Curve

In this problem set, learners will refer to the tabulated data used to create the Keeling Curve of atmospheric carbon dioxide to create a mathematical function that accounts for both periodic and long-term changes.

Design Challenge: How to Keep Gelatin from Melting?

This is a activity about applying the scientific method to a design challenge. Learners will design and build a platform that will be placed on a heat source. The platform is expected to serve as an insulator for a cube of gelatin.

SciJinks: Tornado

This article covers tornadoes - how they form and how to predict their occurrence. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games.

Awesome Saturn

Learners will complete one or more poems about Saturn using descriptive words. As a pre-writing activity, students generate a word list from books they have heard and read and images they have seen and created. With the support of the word lists, they will create poems.

Mapping the Surface of the Moon: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mapping the Moon Module

Mapping the Surface of the Moon module for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter works with features of the lunar surface and compares/contrasts the lunar surface features with those on Earth. Features include craters, volcanoes, the internal structures, and much more.

Probability and Predictions

Students will learn about the NASA Kepler mission and Earth-like planet discoveries through reading a NASA press release. They will also view a NASA eClips™ video describing the search for planets beyond our solar system.

What Do You Know about Saturn?

Learners will draw and write to express their knowledge of Saturn. This is lesson 1 of 10 in "Reading, Writing & Rings!" for grades 1-2.