Nasa Wavelength

Give Me a Boost: How Gravity Assists Aid Space Exploration

Learners will explore how engineers minimize the use of fuel by utilizing gravity. In Activity 1, students explore the physical conservation laws by observing the behavior of balls colliding with other objects.

Studying Light: Spectroscopes

In this activity about spectroscopy, learners build a spectroscope, learn about graphing spectra, and then identify elements in gas tubes using their spectra. The activity concludes as learners graph the spectra of different materials.

Exploring Magnetic Fields in Your Environment

This is a lesson about measuring magnetic field directions of Earth and in the environment. First, learners go outside, far away from buildings, power lines, or anything electrical or metal, and use compasses to identify magnetic North.

SciJinks: Shields Up

In this game, warnings from the GOES-R satellite lets players know when to shield other Earth satellites from the harmful effects of bad space weather. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.

How Do Images Help Us Learn About Our Planet Earth?

Nighttime light patterns on Earth have been recorded using NASA satellites. In this investigation, students will correlate those patterns of lights with the distribution of human populations, and then determine if related statements included in the activity are true or false.

Climate Kids: Which Pole Is Colder?

This article explains the role that the ocean- and the effect of ocean warming- plays in determining the temperature differences between the North and South Poles.

Space Place: Go With the Flow

This article describes the the effects of salt and heat on water and its movements. The accompanying game requires the manipulation of those two variables to create water currents leading to a treasure chest. A second article briefly describes six relevant NASA satellite missions.

Wild Weather

In this online, interactive module, students learn about severe weather (thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards) and the key features for each type of "wild weather" using satellite images.

Start with the Basics

This modular activity introduces five major pre-requisite ideas: the electromagnetic spectrum, three ways to alter the path of light, refraction by lenses vs. reflection by mirrors, what telescopes do, and what makes a good telescope.

Invisible Mars

Invisible Mars is a Science on a Sphere (SOS) and planetarium program that examines the story of water on Mars.