In this problem-based learning unit, learners examine the causes and impacts of dust transported through the atmosphere. An estimated two billion tons of dust is emitted by the Earth annually. Scientists are becoming increasingly interested in the role dust plays in climate change.
In this activity, the teacher sets up three simulated clouds representing three different cloud types. Students use different methods to estimate precipitation contents of each cloud type. Each method is roughly analogous to methods actually used for weather forecasting.
In this interactive, online activity, bias is explored when the students decide which of several sampling methods are biased. They see how bias affects the percentage of irregular galaxies determined to be in the sample from the Deep Field.
High school, Grade 10, High school, Grade 11, High school, Grade 12
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies, Mathematics, Data collection, analysis and probability, The nature of science, The scientific process
In this kinesthetic activity, students will demonstrate how two spacecraft are able to document a space weather event across the Van Allen radiation belts better than one spacecraft can.
Earth and space science, Solar system, The sun, Magnetosphere, Earth and space science, Solar system, The sun, Space weather, Engineering and technology, Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft, The nature of technology
This game quizzes knowledge of weather terminology. 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.
Middle school, Informal education, Middle school programming, Informal education, Youth public
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Weather
Earth and space science, Earth processes, Geologic processes, Earth and space science, Earth structure, Geology, Earth and space science, Solar system, Comparative planetology, Earth and space science, Solar system, Planetary geology, Earth and space science, Solar system, Planetary science, Earth and space science, Solar system, The moon
Students will learn about the Big Bang theory of the universe through reading a NASA press release and viewing a NASA eClips™ video segment. They will use simple linear equations to analyze data that reveals the expansion and early history of the universe after the Big Bang.
Middle school, Grade 8
Earth and space science, Astronomy, Stars, nebulae and galaxies, Mathematics, Algebra