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Thermal Islands

In this problem-based learning unit, students learn about the causes and impacts of urban heat islands. Numerous studies have shown how concrete pavements and buildings retain heat in cities, making cities several degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside.

How Can We Find Out More about Mars?

Learners will use a variety of resources to conduct research to try to find answers to the questions they generated in previous activities.

Europa: Jupiter's Icy Ocean Moon

This legacy poster features the Galileo missions and tours of Jupiter and Europa in the 1990s. Learners can read informational text about the missions and discoveries or complete the Europa Geology Jigsaw Puzzle to learn about creating a geologic map of the ice on this moon of Jupiter.

Mixing and Stirring

This hands-on activity demonstrates how the combining two fluids (confluence of two rivers, Mediterranean water spilling over the straits of Gibraltar into the Atlantic) involves two processes: (1) stirring - stretching of the bulk fluid, and (2) mixing - exchange of materials on the molecular le

Planet Party

Learners and their families are encouraged to go outside on a clear evening and view the sky to see the planets for themselves.

Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators

Explore 11 eco-regions of the United States, highlighting regional impacts of climate change to habitats and wildlife. Includes a 12-minute, high-definition video on climate science, impacts on, and solutions for wildlife and wild lands; segmented for ease of use in different settings.

Urban Sprawl

In this activity, learners will use satellite images of the San Francisco Bay Area to evaluate urban development in an earthquake-prone region. They will prepare an executive summary of their findings that incorporates diagrams or images. Links to the satellite images are provided.

All About the Sun: Sun and Stars activity guide (Grades 2-4)

This activity is designed to get students to observe that two objects of equal size can appear to be of different sizes when placed at a greater or lesser distance from the observer.

Does The Sun Move?

This is an activity about modeling the apparent motion of the Sun as seen from Earth. Learners will use a flashlight, toothpick, and styrofoam model Sun to mimic the relative shadow motion produced by a sundial.

FERMI Race Card Game

In this card game, players compete to be the first to build the Fermi satellite and use it to observe five astronomical targets. Eighty-six custom-designed cards contain information on the various Fermi components, science and education teams, and astronomical objects.

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