Nasa Wavelength

Magnetic Fields of the Earth and Sun

This is an activity that compares the magnetic field of the Earth to the complex magnetic field of the Sun.

Introduction to Creating a Mission Plan

In this lesson, learners will become familiar with the layout of a mission plan. This is lesson 12 of 24 from the collection, Mars Activities, and should be done prior to lesson 13: Remote Vehicle Activity.

International Space Station LABS: Science Activity 2 Matter: Growing Space Crystals

Leaners will grow a sugar crystal and learn how this relates to growing protein crystals in space. The lack of gravity allows scientists on the space station to grow big, almost perfect crystals, which are used to help design new medicines.

Life in Icy Places

This is a lesson about the field of astrobiology, the study of life in the universe, and ice as a preservative for evidence of life. Learners will consider the relationship between ice and life as they investigate the conditions required for life to exist and sustain itself.

Climate Kids: How Do We Know the Climate Is Changing?

This question is addressed through a series of questions and answers, each providing related introductory information such as how climate change is studied, the history of Earth’s climate, and the effects of climate change on Earth’s geology and biology.

NASA eClips™: Our World, ICESat-2 Measures Ice Sheets

Why is NASA interested in Earth's ice? The creation of ICESat-2 is allowing NASA's scientists to make accurate maps of polar ice sheets. These maps help them make informed predictions about weather patterns, climate change, and the effects of changing ice structures.

Why Do Some Molecules Absorb Infrared Energy?

In this demonstration activity, students make structural models of gas molecules using pipe cleaners and polystyrene balls and test their molecules for their resonant frequency. Students shake the models, count vibrations, and compare the resonance frequencies of different gases.

Fraction Operations

Students will learn about the Landsat spacecraft and its study of Earth from space through reading a NASA press release. By viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment, students will see how Landsat monitors conditions in the Chesapeake Bay.

Design Challenge - Stacking the Satellites

This is an activity about area and volume. Learners will use fabrication software to determine the optimal size of a satellite which can fit within a given rocket cylinder. To complete this activity, fabrication software is required (an example is suggested in the lesson).

What I Know About the Aurora

In this introductory lesson, students will learn the basics of the aurora through small group discussions, reflection and reading. The lesson includes teacher notes and instructions, student workshops and an online, animated story, and related teacher resources on aurora.