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This series highlights some of the women who have made important discoveries and have had a crucial impact on STEM fields. The series includes first-hand stories, downloadable posters, postcards and a resource guide.
Learners will explore aspects of the Sun and solar activity by modeling them as solar cupcakes. Information and imagery are supplied to learn about the Sun, solar activity, eclipses, transits, observing the Sun, and the color of the Sun at different... (View More) times of the day. Links to resources are also provided that highlight NASA's solar missions and where to learn more about the Sun. (View Less)
Carl Sagan once claimed that the most important lesson we learn from studying the stars is perspective. To address this concept, this activity offers a scale model of the solar system to be evaluated. There are many versions of solar system scale... (View More) models available; this one is unique for its large scale chosen, the quality of the scaled objects, and the supplementary materials and information provided. The model is extended to include interaction and discovery on the part of learners, and suggested extensions. The set of materials includes a book about the solar system, developed from NASA's "From Earth to the Solar System" (FETTSS) imagery, and appropriate for use with the model. (View Less)
In this activity, students view a strange new planet in our Milky Way Galaxy to determine what it is like. They will observe it using a make-believe ground-based telescope, the Hubble telescope, and via a flyby spacecraft mission. They will compare... (View More) these observations to actual images of Pluto taken from the New Horizons spacecraft during its July 2015 fly-by. (View Less)
After learning about four stellar classifications and the characteristics of stars, groups of learners act out an improvisation of a personification of the four stars while the audience has to guess which star type is which. This activity was... (View More) designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
In this activity, children observe images and objects from very close up and from far away to establish what they can learn from different perspectives and how different perspectives change the way we look at things. They will consider types of... (View More) information you can gather up close and by satellite, using the Colorado Black Forest fire as an example, and finally, students will identify a geologic feature in an image of Mars. This activity was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
Learners create rocky planets out of playdough, and then learn about distances in our Solar System by placing them the correct distance apart. This activity was designed for use in a library program.
Using new and recycled materials, learners construct rocket cars that use a balloon and straw “rocket” to move. Learners will “race” the cars to see which can go the farthest before revising their design and “racing” again. This activity... (View More) was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
This poster shows a series of 10 Landsat image pairs from a variety of locations around the world showing change over time. The images show results from natural and human-induced change. The back of the poster highlights the Landsat mission, the... (View More) connection of Landsat data to our geoheritage, a description of the AmericaView program and its Earth Observation Day program, and a matching game activity to discover types of land cover changes. See Related & Supplemental Resources for additional Landsat image change pairs from Earthshots. (View Less)
This multi-phased learning package progresses from guided engineering to an open mission design challenge through scaffolded and easy-to-implement teaching tools, lessons and art activities. By building an O-REx spacecraft model in a collaborative... (View More) team, learners take on authentic roles, deepening their understanding of the workings of a NASA mission. Throughout, engineering concepts are presented with a humanistic perspective to make technical concepts relatable. Teamwork is emphasized as it relates to the legacy and practice of invention, design and engineering. The program is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). (View Less)