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National AfterSchool Association

Created by Kristen Weaver Last updated 3/6/2015

Resources presented on a poster given at the 2015 National Afterschool Association Convention

  • GPM Rain EnGAUGE

    Celebrate the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission by hosting a GPM Rain EnGAUGE Event – a family science night at your school, outdoor education center, library or museum. See link for a full electronic toolkit, including activities menu, planning schedules, a sample advertising flier, and more.
  • GPM-GLOBE Student Field Campaign

    Website with information about the GPM-GLOBE Student Field Campaign, in which students collect precipitation data using a simple rain gauge.
  • SMAP Field Campaign

    Information about how to participate in collecting soil moisture data with the SMAP mission.
  • Engineer a Satellite

    In this activity, learners select the scientific instruments for their satellite, calculate the power requirements for all the subsystems, and construct a scale model of their very own Earth observing satellite using building blocks and/or Legos. Includes instructions and worksheets. - See more at:
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2
  • Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge

    This activity is a short engineering design challenge to be completed by individual students or small teams. A real-world problem is presented, designing buildings for hurricane-prone areas, but in a simulated way that works in a classroom, after school club, or informal education setting. Students are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan. After the towers are built, the group comes together to test them. If there is time after testing, which can be observational or framed as a contest between teams, students can redesign their towers to improve their performance, or simply discuss what worked well and what didn’t in their designs.
  • Rain Gauge Activity

    In this activity, students face an engineering challenge based on real-world applications. They are tasked with developing a tool they can use to measure the amount of rain that falls each day. Students will find out why freshwater is important, learn about the water cycle, and the need to have a standard form of calibration for measurement tools. They will learn that keeping track of precipitation is important, and learn a little bit about how NASA's GPM satellite measures precipitation from space. This lesson uses the 5-E instructional model.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/E3, 3A/M2, 4B/E3, 4B/M7
  • Erosion and Landslides

    Students will be introduced to the causes, locations, and hazards of landslides, as well as the role of satellite observations in predicting and studying them. To begin, students investigate the amount of precipitation sufficient to cause a landslide in two different mediums (soil and sand), then use their findings in follow-up activities.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 11C/M7
  • GPM Core Observatory Paper Model

    This activity allows participants to build a paper model of the GPM Core Observatory and learn about the technology the satellite uses to measure precipitation from space. Directions explain how to cut, fold and glue the individual pieces together to make the model. The accompanying information sheet has details about the systems in the satellite including the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR), the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI), the High Gain Antenna, avionics and star trackers, propulsion system and solar array, as well as a math connection and additional engineering challenges.
  • LEGO Model of Kepler Planet-finding Method

    This model aims to help illustrate the purpose and methodology of NASA's Kepler mission. It includes (1) a hand-cranked or motorized orrery (moving model of a planet system) made of LEGO parts, (2) a light sensor representing the Kepler photometer, (3) computer software for graphing light curves, representing Kepler Science Office - data analysis. A light bulb at the center of the orrery represents a star, and as planets in the model pass between the star and the light sensor, dips in the computer graph light curve happen in real time.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 11B/E4, 11B/M6, 11B/H3
  • GPM Core Observatory LEGO Model

    Step by step instructions and a parts list to build your own LEGO model of the GPM Core Observatory.
  • The Adventure of Echo the Bat

    This interactive adventure uses a Landsat mosaic of Arizona as the interface. Students need to interpret satellite imagery to receive clues to Echo the Bat's location. As students find Echo, additional content about remote sensing and biodiversity is introduced.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 12B/M5, 3A/M2
  • Magnetospheric Multiscale Education & Outreach

    Bring the wonder of the MMS mission to your classroom with our growing list of lesson plans, activities and ‘How To’ guides. You will be well prepared to explore the worlds of magnetism, spacecraft design and 3D printing!