Nasa Wavelength

MY NASA DATA: Radiation Color plot

In this activity, students will read a color plot of Earth's absorption of the sun's radiation, and see that solar energy is unevenly distributed across the Earth's surface.

NASA eClips™ 4D Guide Lites: Clouds Spotlite Interactive Lesson

Types of clouds and their roles in Earth’s energy budget are introduced and explained through this student-lead NASA eClips segment. The resource also includes a lesson which contains a pre- and post-test, and an activity using the Frayer model.

Exploring Time Series Plots

Students will explore time series plots and raw data to understand the role of sea surface temperature increases on arctic ice melt. This is part three of a four-part activity on polar science. The activity builds on the knowledge gained in Using Data and Images to Understand Albedo (part 2).

Solar System in My Neighborhood

Learners will shrink the scale of the solar system to the size of their neighborhood and compare the relative sizes of scale models of the planets, two dwarf planets, and a comet as represented by fruits and other foods.

How Do Geoarchaeologists Use Remote Sensing to Interpret Landscapes?

Remote sensing detects both human and physical features by using seven distinct image elements: tone, shape, size, pattern, texture, shadow and association. Students are introduced to each of these elements individually through images, descriptions and related questions.

SciJinks: Be an Expert Flight Controller

This game gives students a chance to experience what it's like to be an air traffic controller, finding safe paths for airplanes around bad weather, using GOES-P data. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.

Which Way is Down?

The effects of gravity on near-surface objects and those in Earth orbit are explored in this activity. A brief explanation, links to three related videos, a teacher's guide and short assessment are included.

The International Space Station and Atmospheric Drag

In this problem set, learners will analyze an altitude graph of the International Space Station to understand its rate of altitude loss as a result of atmospheric drag and solar activity. Answer key is provided.

A Calculated Escape?

This interactive, online module allows students to discover the velocity needed to escape the Earth's gravitational pull. By completing this activity, students discover how mathematics can be used to find escape velocity. Students may complete this activity independently or in small groups.

Soda Bottle Magnetometer and D-Component

This is an activity about changes in the Earth's magnetic field during magnetic storms. Learners will construct a soda bottle magnetometer, collect data, and analyze the results to detect magnetic storm events.

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