Nasa Wavelength

MY NASA DATA: Deep Convective Clouds

Assuming the role of a meteorologist, students will proclaim one month as "Thunderstorm season" for their chosen study area. This decision will be based on analysis of deep convective cloud data downloaded from the Live Access Server.

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.

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.