Nasa Wavelength

Mars Image Analysis

Students analyze and interpret the accompanying large-format images of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera. The analysis involves identifying geologic features, calibrating the size of those features, and determining surface history.

Space Place LIve! with Andre Dress

This episode of the Space Place Live animated talk show features an interview with Andre Dress, the Deputy Project Manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program.

Exploring Exploring

Learners will investigate, discuss, and determine why humans have always explored the world (and now space) around them. Students determine these reasons for exploration through a class discussion.

How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures: Activity A How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?

In this 2-part inquiry-based lesson, students conduct a literature search to determine the characteristics of the atmospheres of different planets (Venus, Mercury, Mars and Earth).

What Makes Shadows? Observing and Drawing Shadows

This is an activity about shadows and how the Sun's location affects the direction of a shadow. Learners will first identify what they already know about shadows and will be asked to share any questions they may have.

Learning to Use Visualizations

In this activity, students work in teams to calculate relative air mass and demonstrate how solar elevation angle affects the intensity of light that reaches an observer on the ground. The resource includes a student data sheet.

Where Do We Choose to Live and Why?

This investigation uses three sources of information - images from space, a relief map, and a road map - to analyze the spatial distribution of human settlements. Students will use a nighttime image of the northeastern U.S.

Hot Equator, Cold Poles

Learners will use thermometers and a lamp to investigate why some places on Earth’s surface are much hotter than others. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up.

Great Lakes Weather and Climate: Equinox Seasons: Spring and Autumn

This self-paced, interactive tutorial explores the use of remote sensing to monitor the weather and climate of the Great Lakes.

Teaching Atomic Structure Using Cooperative Learning

This lesson plan focuses on the concepts of atomic number, mass number, isotope, and nuclear atom. A student quiz is included as an assessment instrument.