Nasa Wavelength

Navigating the Ocean

Navigational tools and methods of early voyagers provide the background and contrast to the satellite images and models used today. Students complete mapping activities based on historical data from Columbus and Blith.

SciJinks: The Sky is Broken!

This article explores the hazards of volcanic ash plumes. 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.

Where Do They Come From? Searching for Meteorites

Learners will use water balloons to demonstrate meteorite impacts, use geography to assess various terrains for meteorite recovery, attempt to recover simulated meteorite fragments, make experimental predictions, graph the results, and draw conclusions.

Solving a Mixed Up Problem

This is a lesson about using the light from the star during an occultation event to identify the atmosphere of a planet. Learners will add and subtract light curves (presented as a series of geometrical shapes) to understand how this could occur.

Carbon Dioxide Production at Home

In this problem set, learners will consider the "Carbon Footprint" of a family of four in a given context, as well as the US and global averages, and compare that with their own to answer a series of questions.

Patterns and Fingerprints

This is an activity about detecting elements by using light. Learners will develop and apply methods to identify and interpret patterns to the identification of fingerprints. They look at fingerprints of their classmates, snowflakes, and finally "spectral fingerprints" of elements.

Measure a Tree

This activity introduces measurement and scale using hands-on activities. In this activity, students use the concept of similar triangles to determine the height of a tree. This activity is one of several available on an educational poster related to NASA's Space Interferometry Mission.

Astro101 Slide Set: Binary System Makes Near Miss

This slide set focuses on evidence of a binary star that passed within 0.8 ly of our solar system. It is one of a series of short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA astrophysics missions, relevant to introductory astronomy topics.

Measure the Motion of a Coronal Mass Ejection

This is an activity about coronal mass ejections.

Reasons for the Seasons

This is an activity about seasons. Learners compare the seasons though identifying seasonal activities and drawing scenes in each season.

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