Building a Telescope
Students construct a simple refracting telescope. They calculate the magnification.
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Have your physical scientists try some engineering origami by examining how the folding of materials can have practical and beneficial applications. Teams use their convoluted cortexes to collaborate on constructing a solar panel that is...
3rd - 12th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
NASA Engineering Design Challenges - Spacecraft Structures
What kind of design challenges are there in building structures to support rocket engines? The unit takes design teams through the process of building the lightest possible thrust support structure that can withstand the necessary forces...
6th - 9th Science
Online Exploration: Telescopes From the Ground Up
Students explore a web-based illustrated text and interactive graphics to determine the relationship between the operation of telescopes and light. optics. They work in small groups to become an expert on one of the ten eras of telescope...
6th - 12th Science
Why Neutrinos Matter
What can we learn from one of the smallest particles in the universe? A lot more than you might expect. Check out this short video as it takes a closer look at neutrinos, tiny elementary particles that carry valuable information from the...
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science CCSS: Adaptable
Designing a Spectroscopy Mission
In this mind-bending activity, young engineers explore this question of whether or not light actually bends. Using holographic diffraction gratings, groups design and build a spectrograph. The groups then move on research a problem...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed