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Open Clusters versus Globular Clusters

In this activity, students will describe similarities and differences between galactic star clusters and globular clusters.

Compass Needles around a Simple Circuit

This is an activity about electromagnetism. Learners will set up a simple circuit using a battery, wire, and knife switch, and then use a compass to map the magnetic field lines surrounding the wire. Next, they will add a coil of wire to the simple circuit and map the magnetic fields again.

Planetary Nebula NGC 2440 Lithograph

The lithograph contains a Hubble Space Telescope image that shows the colorful Planetary Nebula NGC 2440 with one of the hottest known white dwarf stars at its center. The text briefly explains the process of stellar death of sun-like stars and those with a mass greater than eight times the Sun.

Two Versions of Gravity: Newton and Einstein

The goal of this lesson is for two groups of students to exchange information (e.g., through poster presentations, Podcasts, debates, or PowerPoint presentations) about how two different theories explain a natural phenomenon: Newton's Law of Gravitation and Einstein's General Theory of

Dr. Smith vs. the Lawyer

This math problem demonstrates a lawyer's use of some very simple science and math. The case involves a $26 million lawsuit over a construction waste landfill and lead contamination.

SciJinks: Play Satellite Insight

In this game students have to think and move fast to keep up with the challenge of capturing and storing the massive flow of different kinds of data being captured by a GOES-R weather satellite.

How Does Remote Sensing Search for the Geographies of the Past?

Remote sensing offers three perspectives on human or physical features: aerial (birds-eye), oblique (angled) and ground-level. Sketching a classroom object from each of the three perspectives provides students with the foundation to then complete several activities.

MY NASA DATA: How Much Water is Available in the Atmosphere for Precipitation?

This lesson explores the relationship between the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere available for precipitation and actual precipitation levels.

Solar Week Monday: The Effect on Earth

This is an online reading associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly event in March and October during which classrooms are able to interact with scientists studying the Sun.

Calculator Controlled Robots: Hands-on Mathematics and Science Discovery Educator Guide

Using a graphing calculator and a Norland Research calculator robot, students create programs in TI-BASIC to direct their robot through a variety of tasks. Ten robot missions and three exploration extensions are included in this lesson booklet.

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