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History of Flight Timeline Activity

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Scholars are introduced to the significant events that led to the development of today's modern forms of air travel. They create a timeline to identify the vital events that are related to man's flight. In addition, they research various...
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Century Timeline

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scholars use the Cosmic Times and the Internet to create a timeline of events from 1916 when Einstein presented the Theory of General Relativity to 2016. Scientific discoveries are the main focus, then pupils add in events from culture,...
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NASA Spacecraft meets Comet Temple 1

For Teachers 9th - 12th
On Valentines Day in 2011, a NASA spacecraft met comet Temple 1. Introduce the class to the information, evidence, and technology needed to have a date with an orbiting comet. A great look into the science behind great discoveries.
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Wondering About Saturn: A Short History

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students read an article about the history of Saturn. They complete reading comprehension tests. They examine what has been discovered on the planet.
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Earth Used to Have 19-Hour Days (And Pluto Has Dunes!)

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Some days seem longer than others, but recent research proves our day actually lasts much longer than in the past. SciShow Space shares recent research on the length of Earth days and how this data confirms past research with much more...
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Astro-Chronology

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Class members play a version of the game Chronology to determine when certain scientific events occurred in history. Teams play until someone has 5-10 events in the correct order.
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Black Hole Apocalypse | Modeling Galaxies

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Once, scientists believed black holes to be rare, but modern technology is proving otherwise. Using data from the Hubble telescope, scientists create computer models of distant galaxies. They discover super massive black holes in the...
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Inventive Women - Part 1

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
While a woman didn't invent the parasol, three women received patents for their improvements to the original design of umbrellas. In the first of a two-part series on inventive women, class members investigate the patent system to...
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What’s the Problem with Isotropy?

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Some patterns are so small, we can't see them without the help of technology. The same is true for cosmic microwave background radiation. During this activity and discussion, scholars examine both anisotropic and isotropic items and...
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Space Station Research Explorer

For Students 4th - Higher Ed Standards
Take a trip into outer space from the safety of your classroom. A great addition to the digital library of any science teacher, this reference offers a behind-the-scenes look at the research going at the International Space Station.
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History of Saturn Discoveries

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners interpret how scientists have explored Saturn. In this NASA based astronomy lesson plan, students create a timeline depicting the study of Saturn from 1610 until 2010. Each student will write a letter to Galileo discussing how...
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The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to one of the ways that technology is benefiting humanity. The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission involves the data collected by nine satellites from different countries with a united focus on studying world...
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Why Mars Rovers Don't Study Water

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Is it possible to contaminate the planets our astronauts or rovers visit? With current technology, it is impossible to send a completely sterile rover to Mars, and there could be up to 30,000 different microbes on the space traveler!...
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Cloud Discovery

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students create a HyperStudio stack that describes and illustrates twelve different kinds of clouds. They then make inferences about which types of weather the different types of clouds could help predict.
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Science and Engineering Conference

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Young scientists present their experimental designs from the previous experiment. The ninth instructional activity in the series outlines what learners should present, what class discussions should happen, and the solution NASA came up...
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Lunar Rover

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the shortest distance/time needed to complete a mission? Groups devise a strategy in order to determine the shortest distance and time connecting two points and a segment. They then use graphing, the distance formula, and a...
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Space Images

For Students 3rd - 12th
As technology advances, so does our understanding of the universe around us. Thanks to the Hubble Telescope, Mars rovers, and other high-resolution cameras, there are amazing photographs of celestial bodies, planets, comets, and more...
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Everything You Should Know about Trappist-1 Exoplanets

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have we found the next Earth? Join the host of an interesting physics series as she learns what scientists know about the planets orbiting the star Trappist-1 during an engaging video. Astronomers discuss how they located the system,...
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Exploring Dwarf Planet Eris

For Students 8th - 10th
In this planet Eris instructional activity, students read about the discovery of this dwarf planet and its characteristics. Students answer 3 questions about the planets, the classification of planets and the definition of planets....
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Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Would astronauts be able to grow their food on the Moon? Teams research plant growth in order to design and build a growth chamber that will function on the lunar surface. They narrow down plant choices based upon their strengths and...
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Next Generation Spacecraft—Orion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the cross-sectional area of the Orion spacecraft? Groups work together to estimate the area of a cross section of the Orion spacecraft by first counting the number of grids a scale drawing covers. Pupils also employ a method...
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Communications and the Lunar Outpost

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Can you hear me now? Groups use given information about communication on the moon to determine the maximum distance an astronaut can travel and stay in communication. Using the calculations, they determine what lunar features they can...
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The Lunar Lander – Ascending from the Moon

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What angle? Groups determine the height of the lunar lander as it ascends from the surface of the moon and calculate the angle of elevation of the lunar lander at specific times and distances. The provided series of questions lead the...
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Weightless Wonder

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A video of the weightless wonder provides a setting for the math to follow. Groups analyze the graph of a quadratic function that models the path of the C-9 as it gives astronauts the experience of weightlessness. Using a graphing...

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