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In this data activity, students explore the relationship between surface radiation and mean surface temperature in several geographic regions. By observing how these parameters change with latitude, students will understand the relationship between... (View More)

In this activity, student teams design small-scale physical models of hot and cold planets, (Venus and Mars), and learn that small scale models allow researchers to determine how much larger systems function. There is both a team challenge and... (View More)

This is an activity about constructing and conducting experiments to determine what part(s) of the spectrum cause a reaction to ultraviolet light-sensitive beads. Learners will design an experiment, present this design for peer review, make... (View More)

In this lesson, learners will create a series of predictions about the nature and behavior of light and color, collect data on the same questions and make conclusions using evidence from the exploration. This is lesson 1 in a collection entitled, In... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about the spectra of different colors of light. The activity also focuses on the process used to explore scientific questions pertaining to this topic, thereby developing tools and strategies for student inquiry. Learners will... (View More)

This is an activity about constructing and conducting an experiment. Learners will choose a question of their individual design about light and the light spectrum, design an experiment to answer the question, present this design for peer review,... (View More)

In this activity, learners will use satellite data to investigate the biological health of the ocean. Using a color scale, learners will study ocean color data from NASA's Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) to evaluate the biological... (View More)

In this activity, learners will analyze a satellite image of the Missouri River to find evidence that a river channel has changed position over time. They will then build a display, such as a poster or model, that identifies and describes the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: $1 - $5 per group of students

In this activity, learners will analyze hurricane data, specifically wind speed data and infrared satellite images, to look for evidence of a relationship between wind speed and cloud-top temperature, and between wind speed and surface type. A link... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, learners will use satellite images of the San Francisco Bay Area to evaluate urban development in an earthquake-prone region. They will prepare an executive summary of their findings that incorporates diagrams or images. Links to... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free
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