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Astronomers practice downloading data from a high-energy satellite and translate the data into colored or shaded pixels. As a hands-on activity, they use pennies to simulate high-energy satellite data and they convert their penny findings into a matrix in the same way that scientists locate a source emitting gamma-rays. Note that a mentioned video is not available, but there is still plenty of terrific material here.
These slides give sets of facts and trivia about gamma rays. Your physicists will learn the dynamics of scattering photons and energy involved in gamma ray bursters. The concepts are quite involved making this PowerPoint a nice addition to a full set of lectures with more developed teaching points.
Teacher pages for four different activities and three assessments are provided in this resource. Topics deal with how the sun's position and Earth's atmosphere affect the amount of solar energy reaching Earth's surface. The concepts and measurements that are covered are advanced and therefore most appropriate for high school earth science classes.
Learners construct a scale model of the solar system in a long hallway or playing field. They discuss the fact that most of the solar system is empty space, and that outer planets are much farther apart than inner planets. They also talk about how long it takes to travel through the solar system.