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.
In this demonstration, the process of cooling by evaporation is related to the serious health risk of hypothermia. Materials required include a desk fan, thermometer with exposed bulb, cotton or gauze, bowl, and material including cotton and wool.
In this activity students construct Log Tapes calibrated in base-ten exponents, then use them to derive relationships between base-ten logs (exponents) and antilogs (ordinary numbers). This is activity B1 in the "Far Out Math" educator's guide.
High school, Informal education, High school programming, Informal education, General public
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Mathematics, Number and operations
SciJinks: Why Does the Atmosphere Not Drift Off Into Space?
This brief article describes Earth's gravity and it's role in keeping the atmosphere bound to Earth. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.
Middle school, Informal education, Youth public
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Atmosphere
Fresh water resources- their quantity, location and distribution- are briefly discussed in this two-page article. The article can be used as a "reading to be informed" activity in a stand-alone fashion or can be incorporated into a lesson plan.
Middle school, High school, Informal education, General public, Informal education, Informal science education professionals
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Atmosphere, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Cryosphere, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Ocean and water
In this activity, students build a basic understanding of how a sling psychrometer is used to determine relative humidity and learn how to read a chart to determine this relationship. In addition, the student will become familiar with the concept of dew point.
Dry bulb temperature, Evaporation, Condensation, Celsius, Fahrenheit, Temperature conversion
Elementary school, Grades 3-5, Middle school, High school
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Atmosphere, The nature of science, The scientific process
This is a lesson about the phenomenon of ice and about scientific inquiry. Learners will ask scientific questions about ice, will delve into the nature of science, embark upon scientific inquiry, and will practice scientific enterprise.
Pre-kindergarten, Elementary school
Earth and space science, Earth structure, Cryosphere, Physical sciences, Energy, Physical sciences, States of matter, The nature of science, The scientific process