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# Freshwater Availability Speaker's Toolkit

This resource is designed to enable presenters (scientists, engineers, etc.) to easily present to an elementary and/or middle school audience and feel confident that the information they are presenting is developmentally appropriate and supports the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# 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... (View More)

# 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... (View More)

# 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,... (View More)

# 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)

# Electricity-Watts and Kilowatt-Hours

In this problem set, learners will become familiar with two measures of electricity: watts and kilowatt-Hours. They will calculate the electrical consumption of several household items, such as appliances, as well as its cost. Answer key is... (View More)

# The Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon

This interactive website engages children in a story-based scenario that emphasizes concepts of remote sensing and how NASA scientists use satellite imagery to better understand the Earth's environmental changes. The story features a pigeon named... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

# Can you Show that the Temperature of Air has an Effect on its Weight and its Direction of Vertical Movement?

This activity has two purposes: challenge the learner to develop a procedure for investigating a research question and to learn more about factors affecting the dynamics of air in motion. It demonstrates that warm air and cold air differ in weight... (View More)

# How Does Remote Sensing Help Us Understand the Anasazi?

Remote sensing, using Thermal Infrared Multispectral Scanner (TIMS) data, has lead to the discovery of previously unknown roads in the canyon area of New Mexico once occupied by the Anasazi culture. Students will use those images, along with maps... (View More)

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