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Have Fun Doing Science with a Camera

This activity provides tips and ideas for helping children do science with a digital camera–and have fun while doing so. For example, cameras can preserve the presence of transient events like clouds, contrails, rain, snow, air pollution and sunsets.

Golf Ball Phases

Explore lunar phases as viewed from Earth using a golf ball and an ultraviolet light. With the student's head representing Earth, students hold and move the golf ball to demonstrate the cause of the Moon's phases in their correct order.

How Astronomers Use Spectra to Learn About the Sun and Other Stars

This is an article about the electromagnetic spectrum, how atomic physics is used to obtain information out of stellar spectra, and how the Doppler effect is used to measure stellar motions.

Focus on Saturn's Fascinating Features

This is a lesson about Saturn. Learners will create a multilayered book with diagrams of Saturn showing its various layers, ring system, and many moons. To enhance background information on Saturn, students will practice listening to informational text.

Pulling it All Together

Learners will organize their knowledge of Saturn and Cassini to prepare to write one of the following types of nonfiction for their final piece: descriptive (poetry), compare and contrast, or summary.

Vectors from A to B

This is an activity about vectors and velocity. It outlines the addition and subtraction of vectors, and introduces the application of trigonometry to describing vectors.

Algebra 2

This is a book containing over 200 problems spanning over 70 specific topic areas covered in a typical Algebra II course. Learners can encounter a selection of application problems featuring astronomy, earth science and space exploration, often with more than one example in a specific category.

SciJinks: What's a Derecho?

This article explains the severe weather phenomenon known as a derecho. 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.

What Is Energy?

In this introductory textbook chapter, energy is defined and its sources, forms, and flow are introduced. Students are introduced to the first law of thermodynamics, conservation of energy. The resource includes links to current news articles, and a suite of pre and post unit assessments.

History of Mars Exploration

Learners will research a past, present, or future mission to Mars and share their findings with the group. The group will then create an overall Mars exploration timeline. A script, links for background sources and suggested materials are available.