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Launch of the Satellites

This is an activity about rockets. Learners will research facts about Atlas V rockets, which will launch the MMS satellites. After, they will compute the speed of the launch rocket, given a data chart of time vs. distance from lift-off. Then, they... (View More)

Solar Week Friday: Blog

This is a reading associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly event in March and October during which classrooms are able to interact with scientists studying the Sun. Outside of Solar Week, information, activities, and resources... (View More)

Model of the MMS Satellite

This is an activity about size and scale. Learners will construct a 3-D model scale model of one of the MMS satellites. After, they will calculate the octagonal area of the top and bottom of the satellites, given the measurements of the satellite.... (View More)

Design Challenge - Deploying the Satellites' Antennae

This is an activity about using models to solve a problem. Learners will use a previously constructed model of the MMS satellite to determine if the centrifugal force of the rotating MMS model is sufficient to push the satellite's antennae outward,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

Fly Me High

Learners will work in groups to design a water rocket that will be tested. They will be able to test two preliminary designs before deciding on the final one for the contest. Prior to launch, the rockets are put through a series of design tests.... (View More)

Launching Genesis

This lesson plan is about the various facets of launching a spacecraft into space. Learners will look at the launch vehicle requirements for the Genesis spacecraft, then decide which rocket should be used from a list of several Delta rockets. Next,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

NASA eClips™ Real World: Lightning Protection System for Launch Complex 39

See how NASA is using a rolling spheres lightning protection system to expand the cone of safety currently used on Launch Complex 39. NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

You Get What You Pay For

This lesson is about cost limitations on mission design. Learners will be given a budget of \$150,000 and an approved subcontractor list that has a listing of the materials and costs for construction. This is activity 6 of 7 in "Dynamic Design:... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

The History of Rocketry

This lesson is about the role of rockets in history. Learners will create a multiple tiered timeline on the history of rocketry. Includes a teacher's guide and students handouts. Video and audio clips are provided. This lesson 3 of 8 from the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

MY NASA DATA: Using Radiosonde Data from a Weather Balloon Launch

This activity allows students to use radiosonde data from a weather balloon launch to distinguish the characteristics of the lower atmosphere. Step-by-step instructions for use of the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS) guide students through... (View More)

Keywords: Authentic data use
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

Pop Rocket Variables

This is a lesson about the concept of variables in relation to launching pop rockets. Learners will work in teams to test a single variable involved in launching a rocket and learn the variables involved with constructing and launching a water... (View More)

Keywords: variable
Audience: Middle school

Pop Goes Newton

This lesson plan is about Newton's laws of motion and how they apply to the concept of variables in relation to launching pop rockets. Learners will apply each of Newton’s laws of motion to the “Pop Rocket Variables” activity. Includes a... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

SciJinks: Getting a GOES Ready to Go

This video features actual footage of the launch of the GOES-P satellite. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos,... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Earth Exploration Toolbook: Investigating the Precipitation-Streamflow Relationships

This activity prepares the student to launch an investigation of the relationship between precipitation and Streamflow for a local watershed. It can enrich a study of the water cycle. Following the step-by-step instruction in this case study,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

Dawn Mission Video

This is a video about NASA's Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Learners will follow the mission from paper to launch pad to asteroid belt and beyond. The video features the planning, instrumentation and technological challenges of this... (View More)

Soda Straw Rockets

This activity is about rocket shape and performance. Learners will test a rocket model and predict its motion. They will launch their rocket multiple times, make observations and record the distance it traveled. They will have the opportunity to... (View More)

Newton's Second Law of Motion: Force, Acceleration and Velocity

This educational wallsheet provides several simple illustrations of Newton's Second Law. In the activity included, students study the motion shown in the drawings to decide how it relates to the object's velocity, whether or not the velocity is... (View More)

Rotational Motion and Rocket Launches

In this problem set, students are led through a series of calculations to determine the best launch site for a TV satellite. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and... (View More)

Keywords: Rotation
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Shoebox Satellite: Heroically Engineer a Spacecraft that will Enable Ice and Eggs to Travel Safely in Space

In this activity, learners will build a structure using a shoebox, aluminum foil, paper, rubber bands, glue, tape, and other common materials that will meet the following criteria when tested: 1) protect an ice cube from melting under a hot lamp or... (View More)

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