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In this activity, students gain an understanding of the decision making process that scientists use when designing a satellite. They will discover that satellite designs are constrained by such issues as weight, cost, materials, and feasibility. As they formulate their own satellite design, they will discover the importance of evenly distributing the weight of various instruments and that certain ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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In this activity students investigate the role of the Radio Plasma Imager (RPI) on the Image for Magnetopause-to-Auroral Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite. They will discover that the RPI is capable of remotely sensing and determining the density, distance, and velocity of electrically charged clouds. The activity explores how radar works and how the data is collected and organized to form images. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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This is the kid's page of the European Space Agency (ESA). It contains an extensive selection of materials for younger students. The lab section contains activties, animations, and interactive maps. The fun section features games, an art gallery, quiz, coloring book, and downloads. The news section features articles on ESA's current activities. The site is available in English, German, French, Spanish, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Photograph, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Space science, Technology
 
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This downloadable 46-page activity and resource guide is a collection of puzzles, pictures, poetry and projects designed to stimulate co-learning experiences between children aged 6 to 13 and the adults they learn with. The Guide assumes little or no prior knowledge about the Sun or astronomy in general, and addresses many popular misconceptions. It focuses on four general themes: The Sun as a Star, ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity students study various features of the Sun in order to understand how the Sun varies. Students will learn that the Sun contains many complex features and compare this to their own prior knowledge about the Sun. Features studied include sunspots, plages, solar flares, prominences, filaments, the corona, helmet streamers, and coronal holes. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity students find the patterns that emerge when sunspot numbers are plotted over a period of time. Students learn about sunspot variations and the solar cycle, and are able to predict future solar minimums and solar maximums. The required sunspot charts can be downloaded along with the student worksheets. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity, students learn how to determine the rotation rate of a sphere with identifiable features. They should also consider the fact that Earth's movement around the sun will complicate calculations if they are trying to determine the Sun's period of rotation. The exercise uses a phonograph turntable with adjustable speeds and a featureless styrofoam sphere. Students can actually orbit the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity, students learn how sunspots can be used to determine the rotation period of the Sun. They are asked to theorize on possible reasons for the Sun's apparent motion, and to use an overlay to determine solar latitude and longitude and photographs of sunspots to help them perform measurements to determine the rotation period of the Sun. The overlay, photos of sunspots over a period of ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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These animations illustrate a variety of astronomical and planetary phenomena, such as the celestial sphere and wobble (precession) of Earth, the sidereal day, why the Earth has seasons, phases of the moon, eclipses, and many others. There are also animations of Kepler's laws; Newton's third law; retrograde motion; the physical concepts of work and energy; and relative velocity. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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Galileo used thought experiments to test many assumptions, including the notion that heavy objects fall more quickly than lighter objects when they are dropped. Lacking access to either a vacuum chamber or a planetary body that has no atmosphere, he nevertheless correctly predicted that all falling objects would accelerate at the same rate in the absence of air resistance. In this video segment astronaut ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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