Nasa Wavelength

The Sun and Magnetic Fields

In this activity about magnetic fields and their relation to the Sun, learners will simulate sunspots by using iron filings to show magnetic fields around a bar or cow magnet, and draw the magnetic field surrounding two dipole magnets, both in parallel and perpendicular alignments.

Killer Asteroids

This is a website about asteroids and comets. Learners can play a physics-based asteroid game, learn about how backyard astronomers are contributing to asteroid research, or simulate an asteroid impact using a Google Earth Impact simulation.

Life Beyond Earth Exhibit at Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center is working with formal education providers in local underserved schools around a combined project including an interactive exhibit, a Davis Planetarium program and associated Educator Workshops, and will provide outreach to the informal science education community to e

Geologic Mapping of the Moon - Copernicus Crater

Students will use observation to make their own geologic map of the Moon’s Copernicus Crater. The students will identify crater features in a photogeologic image and use those observations to color their map with the appropriate geologic units.

Make the Most of Your Universe: Resource Guide for Peace Corps and AmeriCorps

This resource guide is intended for Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers who are trying to bring more STEM into their fieldwork. Includes a 10-minute guide to the universe and constellations, and links to activities and other resources.

Fission and Fusion Game

In this activity, students play a board game where they learn the characteristics of and differences between fission and fusion, as well as the real world applications of these energy-releasing reactions. Reproducible game cards and and game board are included in the resource.

Penny Moon

This is an activity about the rotation of the Moon. Learners use a penny and a quarter to model that the Moon does indeed spin on its axis as it orbits the Earth. They find that the Moon keeps the same face toward the Earth, but receives illumination from the Sun on all sides in turn.

Matching Pairs

This is an activity about image comparison. Learners will analyze and compare images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. They will match four magnetic solar images, or magnetograms, to their corresponding extreme ultraviolet, or EUV, light images by studying solar features in the images.

Space Place: How Do You Make a Weather Satellite?

This 11-page booklet offers an age-appropriate explanation of the construction, launch and on-board instruments of a weather satellite. Incorporated in the text is a simple activity for sensing temperature differences. The booklet is targeted to children ages 10-12.

Space Update

This is an interactive, real-time display system of space science images and data designed for museums and schools. The program displays hundreds of images and movies from space science research, all documented, with web references of how to find out more information.

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