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# Signals and Noise, Oh Boy!

This is a lesson about spacecraft communication. Learners will explore the concepts of "signal" and "noise" by listening to a computer-generated signal from two different distances with no additional background noise, and then with background noise,... (View More)

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# The Electromagnetic Spectrum

In this lesson, students are introduced to the electromagnetic spectrum. They observe a demonstration of the visible light spectrum created by a flashlight and a prism, complete an activity sheet where they identify the wavelength that is involved... (View More)

# Waves in Action

In this activity, students observe how elastic rebound creates waves, using an apparatus consisting of a plastic tub and paint stir stick. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SciFiles: The Case of the Shaky... (View More)

# Wave upon Wave

In this activity, students build a model system using a rectangular pan, clay, craft sticks and water, and learn that energy is required to initiate waves and demonstrate that frequency is the number of waves that pass a given point in a certain... (View More)

# Good Vibrations

This activity is about the use of thermal emission spectroscopy in planetary research. Learners will understand how thermal spectroscopy science is used to understand the composition of the Martian surface by simulating the data collection of the... (View More)

# The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Wavelength and Energy

In this activity, students demonstrate the relationship between wave frequency and energy in the electromagnetic spectrum by shaking a rope to identify the relationships. This activity is part of Unit 2 in the Space Based Astronomy guide that... (View More)

# Resonance Rings

This is an activity about resonance and where it is found in related to astronomy. Learners will construct two differently sized rings out of file folder paper and tape them to a piece of cardboard. Next, they will shake the cardboard from side to... (View More)

# Wavelength and Energy

This is an activity about wavelength and frequency. Using a 30 to 50 foot rope and two volunteers, learners will observe as one end of the rope is shaken and wavelength patterns are created. They will estimate the wavelength, the distance between... (View More)

# The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Resonating Atmosphere

Using a paper and tape device, students experience how atoms and molecules of gas in Earth’s atmosphere absorb electromagnetic energy through resonance. This activity is part of Unit 2 in the Space Based Astronomy guide that contains background... (View More)

# The Electromagnetic Spectrum: Red Shift, Blue Shift

In this activity, a Whiffle® ball containing a battery-operated buzzer is twirled in a circle to demonstrate the Doppler effect.  The demonstration is an illustration of how stellar spectra can be used to measure a star's motion relative to Earth... (View More)

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