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. will add to ticket
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Solar Week Friday: Learn about Solar Careers

This is a 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. Outside of Solar Week, information, activities, and resources are archived and available online at any time.

Exploring the Water Cycle

In this lesson, students will learn about the water cycle and how energy from the sun and the force of gravity drive this cycle. The emphasis in this lesson will be on having students understand the processes that take place in moving water through Earth’s system.

In the News

This is an activity about challenges that humans face in future space travel as analyzed through news articles highlighting discoveries about the Sun. Learners will read and analyze a series of related articles and answer questions to determine the most newsworthy points.

Ironing Out Curves

In this activity, students graph second and third order functions, discovering an inverse relationship between squares and square roots and between cubes and cube roots. Students graph these functions on both linear grid (evenly spaced numbers), and a log-log grid (evenly space exponents).

Design Challenge - Shape of the Satellites

This is an activity about satellite design. Learners will create a satellite model to determine which shape will provide a steady minimum current output from solar panels, given a fixed position light source.

Magnetic Storms and Aurora

Learners will plot and compare the amount of energy dissipated by auroras in the northern hemisphere with the recorded Kp index of magnetic storm severity.

Space Place: What Causes the Seasons?

This article explains the role of the tilt of Earth's axis on seasonal changes. An accompanying exploration dispels the commonly held misconception that distances between the sun and Earth are a factor. The article is targeted to children ages 10-12.

SciJinks: How Does Weather on the Sun Affect Us?

The effects on Earth of solar wind, solar flares and coronal mass ejections are discussed and presented visually in a video and several photographs. The role of satellites in monitoring space weather is examined.

Space Place: Why Is the Sky Blue?

This article explains how Earth's atmosphere scatters the light from the sun, thereby creating the blue color we typically associate with our sky. Supplementing this article is an explanation of the importance of scattering sunlight. The article is targeted to children ages 10-12.

International Space Station LABS: Technology Activity 1 Heat Transfer: Keeping Cool in Space

Learners will investigate how to build a space suit that keeps astronauts cool. This is technology activity 1 of 2 found in the ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource Guide.

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