Nasa Wavelength

Planet Impact: Comet News, Special Edition

This series of short articles details the discovery and subsequent impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter. The impending impact created quite a buzz among scientists since it marked the first of its kind. Student may work independently or in small groups to complete each article.

NASA eClips™ Real World: Lightning Protection System for Launch Complex 39

See how NASA is using a rolling spheres lightning protection system to expand the cone of safety currently used on Launch Complex 39. NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections.

The Wandering Magnetic Pole

This is an activity about Earth's magnetism. Using polar coordinates and several sets of provided information, learners will plot the position of the magnetic north pole to investigate its movement over time.

Star Witness News: Hubble Reveals Orion in Picture Perfect Glory

This science news story explains how an area in the constellation, Orion, called the Orion Nebula is a stellar nursery, where more than 3,000 stars are being born. Students read about why astronomers are interested in this region of space and how they go about studying the nebula.

Climate Kids: Planet Health Report: Sea Level

The consequences of both sea ice melting and increases in ocean water temperature are presented in this examination of sea level- another of Earth's vital signs.

Hubble Deep Field Lesson Package: Classifying and Identifying

In this activity, learners classify selected objects from the Hubble Deep Field based on their color and shape. They then compare their classification with a chart made by astronomers.

How Can We Find Out About Invisible Light?

This is an activity about ultraviolet light. Learners will make ultraviolet light detector bracelets and use them to experiment with artificial light and sunlight.

Oh, What a Pane!

Math skills are applied throughout this investigation of windows. Starting with basic window shapes, students determine area and complete a cost analysis, then do the same for windows of unconventional shapes.

Climate Kids: Huge Machine Harnesses the Tides

Following a brief introduction to tidal energy, this article discusses the use of tidal generators to convert that energy into electricity. The article also features a description and images of the Invergordon, Scotland tidal energy generator.

SciJinks: Getting a GOES Ready to Go

This video features actual footage of the launch of the GOES-P satellite. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games.

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