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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Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity B Experimenting with Computer Models

In this activity, students pose several hypotheses for what will happen if you continue heating or supplying energy to the hot and cold planet models (Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Earth) and then test their hypotheses using a spreadsheet based radiation balance model.

Supernova Explosions

In this activity, students are reminded that the Universe is made up of elements and that the heavier elements are created inside of a star. They are then introduced to the life cycle of a star and how a star's mass affects its process of fusion and eventual death.

Properties of Fresh and Sea Water

This is a hands-on lab activity about the properties and states of water.

Measuring Angular Size and Distance

This is an activity about measuring angular size and understanding the solar and lunar proportions that result in solar eclipses. Learners will use triangles and proportions to create a shoebox eclipse simulator.

What Is There to See From Sea to Shining Sea?

This investigation teaches that physical and human features are used to characterize places on Earth.

NuSTAR Educators Guide: Medical X-rays

Students read and analyze two different articles about medical imaging using X-rays. This activity is from the NuSTAR Educators Guide: X-Rays on Earth and from Space, which focuses on the science and engineering design of NASA's NuSTAR mission.

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.

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.

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.