NASA Wavelength Resources Collection

NASA Wavelength is a collection of resources that incorporate NASA content and have been subject to peer review. You can search this collection using key words and/or the drop down menus to pinpoint resources to use with your audience of learners.
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MY NASA DATA: Atmospheric Pressure vs. Elevation

In this data activity, students use NASA satellite measurements of atmospheric pressure to learn that pressure decreases with height in the atmosphere.

MY NASA DATA: Ocean Currents and Sea Surface Temperature

Satellite data analysis of both ocean currents and sea surface temperatures will allow students to discover the link that exists between them. Students will download data-based maps on which they will determine and then draw directional movement of currents.

Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND) Interactive

In this online interactive, learners will explore how scientists learn about the composition of an asteroid by studying energy and neutrons that emanate from it. Includes audio (and transcription) explaining the diagram.

What Color is the Ocean? Simple Spectrophotometer Activity

Learners will use an inexpensive, simple spectrophotometer to test how light at different visible wavelengths (blue, green, red) is transmitted, or absorbed, through four different colored water samples.

Glacial Retreat

In this problem set, learners will analyze a true-color satellite image of an Icelandic glacier that has been retreating since 1973. They will determine the scale of the image to take measurements of the retreat, such as volume of ice lost. Answer key is provided.

How When Affects What II: Is it Getting Hot or Not?

Students critically interpret graphical data and evaluate and discuss the difficulties inherent in interpreting and forecasting long and short term trends in this introductory climate change investigation. Graphs of data needed for this exercise are included.

MY NASA DATA: Seasons and Cloud Cover - Are They Related?

Satellite data on cloud cover is used in this investigation to show the relationship between clouds and solar declination. Students will download data on declination angles along with data on clouds and cloud cover for a one-year time period.

MRC: How Do I Measure This? (Grades 6-8)

This is a lesson about measurement and cratering. Learners will read about the origin of the foot as a standardized unit of measure, work collaboratively to conduct an experiment about cratering, and collect and record data to draw logical and scientific conclusions.

How Do Paths Look From Different Perspectives?

Using both literature (a book featuring a path, such as Little Red Riding Hood) and satellite images, students will identify paths, observe and analyze them from different altitudes, and distinguish natural paths from those made by humans.

Where Are You From A Bird's Eye View?

Students will first try to imagine what their school and neighborhood look like from “A Bird’s Eye View” and draw a detailed picture. They will follow this with a study of an aerial photo of their town.

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