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# Quaky-Shaky Design Challenge

In this engineering challenge, student teams are introduced to the engineering design process, and then construct and test an earthquake-resistant structure. The lesson plan includes teacher support, student worksheets, multimedia assets, and links... (View More)

# Potato Float

This is a hands-on lab activity about seawater density, specifically the relationship between density of fluid, weight of an object, and buoyancy. Learners will develop hypotheses and observe a demonstration of density to understand its role in... (View More)

# Weather and Climate

This background chapter reviews the basic principles of meteorology that educators need to guide inquiry activities in the classroom. Topics include structure of the atmosphere, Coriolis effect, water cycle, greenhouse effect, cyclones,... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

# MY NASA DATA: Graphing S'COOL Data--Temperature, Pressure and Humidity

Accessing, graphing and analyzing data are skills emphasized in this lesson. Using the S'COOL (Students' Cloud Observations On-Line) website, students will download NASA data on cloud cover, temperature, pressure, and relative humidity to generate a... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# Severe Weather: Hurricanes!

In this problem-based learning activity, students will study the action of a previous hurricane (Hurricane Andrew, 1992) in preparation for analyzing, tracking, and predicting landfall of the next hurricane to hit the United States during the school... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricane tracking
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

# Global Climate Change

This problem-based learning module focuses on the increasing atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide and its effects on the various spheres of the Earth system. More specifically, students will predict how these effects may impact the growth of... (View More)

# Weather or Not?

In this problem-based learning activity, teams of students will be asked to forecast the weather up to 48 hours in advance of an outdoor event that is special to them. It may be a local or distant event. The activity is part of Exploring the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

# Weather: Global Awareness Tour

In this problem-based learning scenario, students are challenged to plan concert locations for their favorite musical artists, using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data and other resources to locate regions at risk for extreme... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# A Sense of Balance: Activity 4

In this pen and pencil activity, student teams use an inquiry approach to create their own model of the hydrological cycle. A calculator is needed for this activity. Teacher background information, assessment suggestions, and a scoring rubric are... (View More)

# An Understanding of Feedbacks

In this activity, students analyze the results of an experiment, conduct research, and describe the potential importance of positive and negative feedbacks in governing the response of the Earth system. Teacher background information, assessment... (View More)

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