NASA Wavelength

Temperatures Around the World

This is an activity about seasons. Learners will analyze monthly temperature data from various cities around the globe in order to dispel the misconception that the distance between Earth and Sun may be responsible for the seasons.

SciJinks: GOES-R

This video previews the capabilities of the GOES-R satellite, launching in 2015. 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.

Design Your Own Solar Cupcakes

Learners will explore aspects of the Sun and solar activity by modeling them as solar cupcakes. Information and imagery are supplied to learn about the Sun, solar activity, eclipses, transits, observing the Sun, and the color of the Sun at different times of the day.

Astro101 Slide Set: Kepler's Exoplanet Discoveries Exceed 1,000

A short slide set focusing on the Kepler Mission’s exoplanet discoveries. Each slide includes informative text and related images. This is one in a series of short topical presentations on new developments from NASA astrophysics missions.

Design Challenge - Arrangement in Space

This is an activity about using models to solve a problem. Learners will build four models of the MMS satellites using fabrication software. Their designs will based upon observations and data collected through prior activities (in the educator's guide).

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.