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This is an activity about the the functioning of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft. Learners will participate in an interactive demonstration to illustrate how the IBEX spacecraft uses its particle detectors to collect and sort... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This is an engineering design challenge activity. Learners will use balloons to investigate how a multi-stage rocket, like that used to launch the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, spacecraft, can propel a satellite to a specific orbit.... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This is a lithograph that outlines the major mission highlights of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, mission, a Small Explorer Earth-orbiting spacecraft that is designed to map the distant boundary between the solar wind from our Sun and... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Informal education

This is a lesson about the states of matter. Learners will participate in a kinesthetic activity to reintroduce them to three states of matter, solid, liquid, and gas and introduce them to a fourth state of matter, plasma, its connection to the Sun,... (View More)

This is the first chapter of Meteorology: An Educator's Resource for Inquiry-based Learning, Grades 5-9. The chapter begins with a short history of meteorology, and grounds classroom exploration of meteorological concepts through a discussion of... (View More)

This is a companion DVD to the educators guide by the same name. It consists of a three-minute introduction, a 21-minute feature presentation, LRO/LCROSS segments to introduce the mission, and seven minutes of extra materials (includes AstroViz: Our... (View More)

Keywords: Careers

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field lithograph shows the deepest visible light observation of the early universe. In vibrant contrast to the image's rich harvest of classic spiral and elliptical galaxies, there is a zoo of oddball galaxies littering the... (View More)

This is a lesson about the characteristics of planets, comets, asteroids, and trans-Neptunian objects. Learners will classify objects and then apply what they have learned by participating in a formal debate about a solar system object discovered by... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a downloadable PowerPoint presentation about spectroscopy. Learners read and/or hear about the science of spectroscopy, what a spectrum is, and how spectroscopy is important to astronomy. This PowerPoint accompanies the Stanford Solar... (View More)

This is a lesson about the definition of planet. Learners will use direct vocabulary instruction to learn the new definitions of planet, dwarf planet, and asteroid. The publicity generated by the International Astronomical Union’s definition of... (View More)