Nasa Wavelength

Weather & Climate iQuest

Students build their understanding of weather and climate concepts by exploring several websites and online videos and completing a related worksheet. Students will examine NASA's role in both gathering weather and climate data and monitoring the changes to each that are occurring globally.

From Your Birthday to Jupiter's

Learners will explore Jupiter's origins through three stories. First, they model their own lifetimes by tying knots in lengths of yarn to represent key events in their pasts.

Measuring the Speed of an Ejected Ball of Plasma

This is a lesson about magnetism and solar flares. Learners will evaluate real solar data and images in order to calculate the energy and magnetic strength of a solar flare moving away from the Sun as a coronal mass ejection.

Paper Model of the Kepler Spacecraft

Learners will make a paper model of Kepler space telescope. Ideas for use include hanging all models in a display case that also houses student work. Note: the activity includes updated information in 2009 about the change from an articulated (movable) antenna to a fixed antenna on Kepler.

Soil Chapter-Just Passing Through (Beginner Version)

In this hands-on activity, students create a model soil profile in a two-liter beverage bottle, time the movement of water through different soils and observe the amount of water held in these soils.

Kinesthetic Astronomy

In this kinesthetic activity, learners act out the rotation and revolution motions of Earth around the Sun over the course of one year.

Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND) Interactive

In this online interactive, learners will explore how scientists learn about the composition of an asteroid by studying energy and neutrons that emanate from it. Includes audio (and transcription) explaining the diagram.

Layers of Ice

This is a lesson about the formation of glaciers, ice layering and stratigraphy, and the cryosphere and cryobotics.

What Causes a Solar Storm?

This is a tri-fold brochure about the solar storms known as coronal mass ejections. The text in this brochure addresses such topics as what a coronal mass ejection, or CME, is, how the Sun produces CMEs, how a CME behaves, when they happen and how we see them, and how CMEs affect Earth.

Length of the Day

In this activity, students measure the length of the day using the rotation of the Earth, and discover that the Sun is not exactly in the same place at the same clock time every day, understand that the changes are due to motions of the Earth, and lead to differences in solar, star, and sidereal