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In this activity, students will learn about the magnetosphere, the effects of solar activity, and the importance of the Earth's magnetic field in protecting living organisms from solar radiation. Background information, a materials list, procedures, outcomes, and standards are included. Links to a glossary and to additional information are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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This online calculator helps students understand the classic analogy of relating the geologic time scale to a yard stick. It will help reinforce the concept of the briefness of human history relative to the age of the Earth. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Geologic time
 
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Visitors can see online versions of some exhibits from the Exploratorium. These exhibits involve optical illusions of color, space and perception. Spanish, French, and Italian translations are available. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
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As part of this activity, students learn about geologic processes on Earth in order to interpret surface features recently seen on Europa by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Materials presented here include a vocabulary list, geology jigsaw puzzle, review questions, and links to related sites. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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Students can take this online quiz about the NEAR spacecraft and its mission. There are ten questions, and the score is calculated at the end. Links to other NEAR sites are included. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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This resource for kids offers access to games, stories, pictures and puzzles about Stardust, NASA's mission to explore a comet and to return with samples of cometary material. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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Fourth and fifth grade students can participate in these lessons and classroom activities concerning plants and plant science. Each lesson in this program is interdisciplinary, and is designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how food grows. Students will identify the different parts of plants, what is needed for plants to grow, and learn about plant life ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology
 
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As part of this activity, students examine the effects of light and temperature on the phytoplankton population. Using ocean color data from the Coastal Zonal Color Scanner, SeaWiFS, and temperature data from the Multi Channel Sea Surface Temperature dataset, they will learn to identify phytoplankton as a component of Earth's biota, discover the relationships between biotic and abiotic components ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science, Biological oceanography, Space science
 
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Students can put their weights into this calculation tool and see how much more or less they would weigh on the other planets, moons, our sun, and other types of stars. The tool is accompanied by discussions of mass, weight, gravity , and distance. Clicking on the images of the planets links the user to additional information for each one. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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Younger students can follow Echo the Bat as he travels through Arizona on an adventure to his winter hibernaculum. They will also learn how bats use echolocation to catch insects, then about remote sensing by satellites and the use of satellite imagery. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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