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.
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.
Middle school, Grade 8, High school, Grade 9, High school, Grade 10
Engineering and technology, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, Mathematics, Measurement
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.
Authentic data use
High school, Middle school
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather, Engineering and technology, Remote sensing, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, Physical sciences, Heat and thermodynamics, The nature of science, The scientific process
Elementary school, Upper elementary, Grade 5, Middle school, High school
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Geochemical cycles, Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, The nature of science, The scientific process
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.
High school, Informal education, Informal education, High school programming, Informal education, General public
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies
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.
Elementary school, Primary elementary, Grade 2, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
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.