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The Foolish Man Built His House Upon the Sand

In this demonstration, students learn about the physical process of liquification and how it causes the ground to become unstable during an earthquake. Required materials include a plastic tub, sand, water, a brick and a rubber mallet.

Two Versions of Gravity: Newton and Einstein

The goal of this lesson is for two groups of students to exchange information (e.g., through poster presentations, Podcasts, debates, or PowerPoint presentations) about how two different theories explain a natural phenomenon: Newton's Law of Gravitation and Einstein's General Theory of

Dr. Smith vs. the Lawyer

This math problem demonstrates a lawyer's use of some very simple science and math. The case involves a $26 million lawsuit over a construction waste landfill and lead contamination.

Tetherball Gnomon

In this activity, students learn about the motion of the Sun in relation to the Earth, and how geographic directions are defined. Students use a tetherball pole (or an alternative) as a gnomon and the shadow the Sun casts to determine the exact directions of north, south, east and west.

SciJinks: Play Satellite Insight

In this game students have to think and move fast to keep up with the challenge of capturing and storing the massive flow of different kinds of data being captured by a GOES-R weather satellite.

How Does Remote Sensing Search for the Geographies of the Past?

Remote sensing offers three perspectives on human or physical features: aerial (birds-eye), oblique (angled) and ground-level. Sketching a classroom object from each of the three perspectives provides students with the foundation to then complete several activities.

Hurricane Tracking from a Safe Distance

In this activity, learners will use a hurricane tracking map, satellite images and weather maps to track a hurricane and predict its path. They will consider the meaning and appropriate use of a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning and how these impact public action.

MY NASA DATA: Identifying Ozone Variations over Different Locations

Satellite data on ozone trends is investigated for different locations: the high Southern latitudes, the student's hometown, and a city near the North Pole. Students will download and plot ozone data for each location spanning a one year time period.

MY NASA DATA: How Much Water is Available in the Atmosphere for Precipitation?

This lesson explores the relationship between the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere available for precipitation and actual precipitation levels.

Solar Week Monday: The Effect on Earth

This is an online reading associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly event in March and October during which classrooms are able to interact with scientists studying the Sun.