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Lunar Biospheres

Learners will build a biosphere that is a balanced, self-enclosed living system able to run efficiently over a long period of time.

SciJinks: Be a Citizen Scientist

This article describes a citizen science project, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Participants take and report daily measurements of precipitation at their location.

MY NASA DATA: Using Radiosonde Data from a Weather Balloon Launch

This activity allows students to use radiosonde data from a weather balloon launch to distinguish the characteristics of the lower atmosphere.

El Niño

This textbook chapter describes the processes through which El Niño and La Niña conditions emerge. The resource includes an animation of ocean currents, and links to current news articles, and a suite of pre- and post-unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use.

My Spacecraft to Saturn

Learners will think like engineers as they are presented with problems that the NASA team faced when designing a spacecraft to travel to Saturn. Students work with partners to think of solutions to address those problems, and to use these ideas to sketch their spacecraft.

Mysteries of the Sun

This book briefly outlines our current knowledge of how the Sun works and its effects on Earth and the solar system.

Calculating Relative Air Mass

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.

Teaching Planetary Sciences - Phases of the Moon

This is the second in a series of three professional development videos that correspond to lessons taught by Andrew Cloud, an Earth and planetary sciences teacher, with a class of 9th and 10th grade students.

Sensing the Invisible

In this activity, students build a photocell detector, and use it to detect different colors of light in a spectrum.

Scale Model of the Solar System

Carl Sagan once claimed that the most important lesson we learn from studying the stars is perspective. To address this concept, this activity offers a scale model of the solar system to be evaluated.

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