Earth and space science, Earth processes, Climate, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Landforms/geography, Engineering and technology, Image processing and visualization, Engineering and technology, Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft
Is Life On Mars Possible and Could Humans Establish Settlements There?
Searching the six satellite images of Mars provided in this investigation, students identify and locate areas that possibly sustained life in the past, might now sustain life, or could in the future.
Elementary school, Upper elementary, Grade 5, Middle school
Earth and space science, Solar system, Comparative planetology, Engineering and technology, Image processing and visualization, Engineering and technology, Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft, Engineering and technology, Remote sensing, Life sciences, Astrobiology
This is an activity about how we measure the brightness of stars in the night sky. Learners will use interpolation to determine brightness, then observe the brightness of Delta Cephei over the course of two weeks, and plot their observations as a light curve.
Middle school, High school
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies
Students will be introduced to different species of macroinvertebrates. They will hypothesize why each insect looks the way it does. Then students will make observations of macroinvertebrates in an aquarium in their classroom.
Students will learn about NASA's Fermi satellite and gamma ray sources through reading a NASA press release. They will also learn about gamma rays and the electromagnetic spectrum by viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment.
Middle school, Grade 7
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies, Mathematics, Number and operations, Physical sciences, Light and optics
This activity provides a visual example of convection in fluids. Students will record their predictions and observations on diagrams of the experimental set-up showing convection currents. Materials required include hot and cold colored water, thermometers, stopwatch, and index cards.
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Atmosphere, Engineering and technology, Remote sensing, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, Physical sciences, Heat and thermodynamics
In this activity, learners use visible light, radios, infrared remotes, heat lamps, and black lights (ultraviolet) to identify detectors of these sources as well as materials that transmit or block the energy.
Learners will model the gravitational fields of planets on a flexible surface. Children place and move balls of different sizes and densities on a plastic sheet to develop a mental picture of how the mass of an object influences how much effect it has on the surrounding space.
Informal education, Elementary school programming, Informal education, Middle school programming
Earth and space science, Solar system, Planets, Physical sciences, Motion and forces