Nasa Wavelength

SciJinks: Whirlwind Disaster

This article discusses how hurricanes form, are named and categorized. An online game related to hurricanes is included, as is a short video featuring Hurricane Katrina.

S'COOL Lesson: The Sky and the Dichotomous Key

In this field activity, students observe clouds, and are introduced to dichotomous key to classify cloud types. Students also make weather observations of current weather and record and track changes in weather over time.

Dusty Dilemma

Learners will be introduced to the concepts of error analysis, including standard deviation. They will apply the knowledge of averages (means), standard deviation from the mean, and error analysis to their own classroom distribution of heights.

MY NASA DATA: Hurricanes as Heat Engines

In this data analysis activity, students explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface by tracking Hurricane Rita and sampling sea surface temperatures along its path.

Modeling your Water Balance

Students create a physical model illustrating soil water balance using drinking glasses to represent the soil column, and explain how the model can be used to interpret data and form predictions.

Supernova Remnant SNR 0509 lithograph

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows what appears to be a delicate bubble of gas floating serenely in space. In actuality, the bubble is the visible remnant of a powerful supernova explosion called SNR 0509. The bubble was formed from gas being swept up by the expanding shock wave.

Space Place: Gallery of Earth Images

This gallery features satellite images and photographs of Earth including the whole Earth, our moon, ocean, weather, volcanoes and geography.

SDO Data in the Classroom

This set of physics-based labs uses data from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft.

Build Your Own Spectroscope

Learners will build a spectroscope and use it to observe various types of lights. This activity requires spectroscope kits, diffraction gratings and fluorescent and incandescent light sources. The kits are available for purchase in packs of 25 from Astronomers without Borders.

International Space Station LABS: Engineering Activity 1 Structures: Toothpick Truss

Learners will construct two different types of trusses to develop an understanding of engineering design for truss structures and the role of shapes in the strength of structures. For optimum completion - this activity should span 3 class periods to allow the glue on the structures to dry.

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