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This is an activity about the requirements of life. Learners will explore what living things need to survive and thrive by creating and caring for a garden plot (outdoors where appropriate) or a container garden (indoors) at the program facility.... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

In this lesson about cosmic rays, students will describe why cosmic rays are dangerous to astronauts. Includes information about student preconceptions. This is activity 3 of 4 from "The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER)."

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This activity is about underwater mapping and its importance in deep-water exploration. Working in groups, learners will use bathymetric survey data to create a two-dimensional topographic map. They will use that map to create a three-dimensional... (View More)

This activity is about the relationship between habitat and wildlife. After reading and discussing a story on prairie potholes and waterfowl, learners will use hula hoops, packing peanuts and other materials to simulate prairie pothole destruction... (View More)

This activity is about the process of transecting, by which researchers divide an area into smaller plots that can be investigated more closely for biotic and abiotic samples. Learners will be able to determine the presence of wildlife by recording... (View More)

This activity is about the relationship between habitat destruction and wildlife population. Learners will graph data provided about the prairie potholes and discuss the effects of habitat destruction and climate change on waterfowl breeding. They... (View More)

This activity is about the impact of sea ice loss on walrus populations. Learners will participate in a discussion about walruses, their habitat requirements and the impact of sea ice loss. Throughout the discussion, learners will develop an... (View More)

This activity is about sea surface temperatures and its impact on salmon populations. After reading background information on Northwest salmon and graphing data provided, learners will give short presentations about the relationship between sea... (View More)

This is an activity about the discovery of water ice on Mars and involves the use of remote sensing data. Through a Socratic dialogue, learners will analyze three different kinds of data collected by Mars spacecraft to investigate the composition... (View More)

Keywords: Mars; Image analysis
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about the correlation between annual precipitation and plant productivity in different Earth biomes. Learners consider water evaporation, solubility and abundance relative to life on Earth and relative to finding evidence for... (View More)

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