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MRC: Where is The Best Place to Measure? (Grades 6-8)

Learners work in teams to determine a landing site for their Mars Rover that best relates to their scientific question. They use technology skills to research Gale Crater through an online interactive module and learn about features of Mars through use of Google Earth Mars.

What Effect Do They Have? Direct Hit at the K-T Boundary

This is a lesson about the effects of large impacts.

Greenhouse Gases

This is a lesson where learners engage in a radiating heat activity and an activity that measures temperature in models with and without greenhouse gases.

Launch of the Satellites

In this lesson, learners will research facts about Atlas V rockets, which launched the MMS satellites. After, they will compute the speed of the launch rocket, given a data chart of time vs. distance from lift-off. Then, they will write a report synthesizing their researched information.

Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity A Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

In this activity, student teams design small-scale physical models of hot and cold planets, (Venus and Mars), and learn that small scale models allow researchers to determine how much larger systems function. There is both a team challenge and competition built into this activity.

What Makes Day and Night? The Earth's Rotation

This is an activity about day and night as a result of the Earth's rotation. Learners will first identify what they already know about day, night, and rotation and will be asked to share any questions they may have.

MY NASA DATA: March of the Polar Bears: Global Change, Sea Ice, and Wildfire Migration

In this data analysis activity, Students will use NASA satellite data to study temperature and snow-ice coverage in the South Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

Gamma Ray Burst Distribution on the Sky: The Plots Thicken

In this activity, students look at the distribution of aluminum foil balls arranged in a circle on the floor, and compare them to the distribution of gamma-ray bursts on the sky.

Spheres of Earth

The activity introduces students to aspects of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and litho/geosphere and how they are interrelated. It is designed to promote an interest in authentic investigations of Earth using images acquired by astronauts as the hook.

How Do Paths Look From Different Perspectives?

Using both literature (a book featuring a path, such as Little Red Riding Hood) and satellite images, students will identify paths, observe and analyze them from different altitudes, and distinguish natural paths from those made by humans.