Nasa Wavelength

The Sun as a Star

This is an activity about perspective. Learners will examine pictures of objects up close and far away to try and figure out what they are.

Make a UV Detector

On a bright, sunny day, learners will use tonic water to detect ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 7 and up

NuSTAR Paper Model

This is a paper model of the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite.

What Else Do We Want to Find Out About Mars?

This is an activity about modeling and the scientific process. Learners will discuss the models they created in the previous three activities as models of forces that shape the surface of planets, and talk about the similarities and differences between models and real events.

NASA eClips™️ Real World: Scaling the Solar System

Focusing on the size of our solar system, these two short videos address both its vastness and the measurement of its distances. Part One defines the limits of the solar system; Part Two introduces the Astronomical Unit (AU) and applies it to distances within the solar system.

Me and My Shadow

In this activity, students become familiar with the orientation of shadows, their size in relation to the object casting them, and how the alignment of the Sun, the object, and the shadow tells us much about how shadows work.

MY NASA DATA: Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones

In this lesson, students investigate the relationship between precipitation, surface temperature and vegetation for four geographic locations.

International Space Station LABS: Engineering Activity 2 Mass and Speed: Protecting Space Suits from Orbital Debris

Learners will investigate the relationship between mass, speed, velocity, and kinetic energy in order to select the best material to be used on a space suit. They will apply an engineering design test procedure to determine impact strength of various materials.

Speaking Volumes about Dust

Learners will relate the concept of density to the density of dust in space.

Mars From Above

This is a set of three activities about how scientists study other worlds. Learners will explore and compare the features of Mars and Earth, discuss what the features suggest about the history of Mars, and create a model to help them understand how scientists view other worlds.