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Bringing Ocean Sciences & Engineering Practices to the Classroom

Emphasizing the synergies between science and engineering, these video clips highlight the research of professional ocean scientists and engineers in various disciplines. The clips are accompanied by additional relevant content including images,... (View More)

How to Calculate Sea Ice Changes

This set of three videos illustrates how math is used in satellite data analysis. NASA climate scientist Claire Parkinson explains how the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice covers are measured from satellite data and how math is used to determine trends... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education
Materials Cost: Free

Solar Week Wednesday: Do the Activity: Activity 1: Measuring the Motion of a Coronal Mass Ejection

This is an activity 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)

Exploring the Milky Way

As science extension activities, this book of problems introduces students to mapping the shape of the Milky Way galaxy, and how to identify the various kinds of galaxies in our universe. Students also learn about the shapes and sizes of other... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Cloud Droplets and Rain Drops

In these math problems, students will examine the characteristics of water droplets in clouds.

Keywords: Clouds; Raindrops
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Working with Rainfall Rates and Water Volume

In this problem set, students learn about rainfall rates and how to convert them into the volume of water that falls.

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

Year of the Solar System Math Guide

This collection of 160 math problems covers the 20 science topic themes presented by the NASA/JPL Year of the Solar System (YOSS) website, covering the solar system, planets, the search for life, and robotics. Examples of topics included are: scale... (View More)

A New Spin on Solar Wind: The Moon, Magnetosphere, and ARTEMIS

This is a lesson about the solar wind, Earth's magnetosphere, and the Moon. Participants will work in groups of two or three to build a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon system. They will use the model to demonstrate that the Earth is protected from... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

Model of the MMS Satellite

In this lesson, learners will construct a 3D 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. Then, learners will compare the... (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