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The activity begins with information on general characteristics of stars and the criteria used to classify of them into four stellar groups. Learners are then provided with “Star Status” sheets that provide both factual information and... (View More) anthropomorphic descriptions of six stars representing the stellar groups. Learners use the information on the sheets to “act out” the star, while others guess the star class that is being represented. This activity was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
In this activity, children observe common objects and images from close up and from far away to learn the importance of perspective. Comparing a close up image and a satellite image of the Colorado Black Forest fire encourages learners to examine... (View More) and evaluate the different types of information that can be gathered from different perspectives. Finally, using an image of Mars, they identify a geologic feature. This activity was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
Using a plastic tray filled with sand to represent a planetary surface, learners simulate the effects of wind, water and impacts. They will compare the surface effects they create with actual images of planetary surfaces- and determine the causes of... (View More) the features in the images. This activity was designed to be used in a library program. (View Less)
This resource guide is intended for Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers who are trying to bring more STEM into their fieldwork. Includes a 10-minute guide to the universe and constellations, and links to activities and other resources.
This paper and pencil activity pad, designed for children ages 5-10, includes simple activities (e.g., connect the dots, fill in the blanks, drawing), fun facts, and information about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
This site features information about constructing a LEGO model of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission Core Observatory. Two options for building the GPM model are provided: students can construct a 3D model on the LEGO website or... (View More) build an actual LEGO model of the satellite (information is provided for purchasing individual parts or for purchasing a pre-packaged kit). In addition to learning about the primary components of the GPM satellite, students will also learn facts about the mission, its technology and instrumentation. (View Less)
In this activity, children use common craft materials and ultraviolet (UV)-sensitive beads to construct a person (or dog or imaginary creature). They use sunscreen, foil, paper, and more to test materials that might protect UV Kid from being exposed... (View More) to too much UV radiation. Includes background for facilitators. This activity is part of the "Explore!" series of activities designed to engage children in space and planetary science in libraries and informal learning environments. (View Less)
This unit consists of five activities, all of which focus on the response of plant life-cycle events to climate change. Students participate in discussions, field observations, data collection and analyses, plant identification, seed dispersal... (View More) comparisons, and graphing and analyses of plant phenology (timing of life-cycle events). Project BudBurst, a citizen science project which studies the impact of climate change on phenology, is integrated into this unit. The unit is one of four under the Chicago Botanic Garden curriculum entitled, "Climate Change in My Backyard." (View Less)