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This is an educators guide to accompany the Journey to the Stars planetarium show. The materials for grades 6-8 include suggestions for activities to do before and after viewing the planetarium show, including class discussions about our Solar... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of remote sensing. In the course of this experiment, students will investigate heat conduction on two surfaces and understand the application of these techniques to spacecraft investigations... (View More)

This is a lesson about the field of astrobiology, the study of life in the universe, and ice as a preservative for evidence of life. Learners will consider the relationship between ice and life as they investigate the conditions required for life to... (View More)

This is a lesson about the formation of plasma bubbles in Earth's ionosphere. Plasma bubbles cause stars to twinkle and radio signals from satellites to distort. Learners will build a model ionosphere in order to demonstrate and understand this... (View More)

This is an activity about the moons of Jupiter. Learners will study the orbital motions of Jupiter's Galilean satellites. The relationship between distance, gravity, and orbital period will be explored. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an... (View More)

This is an activity about centripetal force in the solar system. Learners will demonstrate how gravity keeps moons and rings in orbit by modeling it with a spoon and thread spool. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about gravity in space. Learners will use water in a cup to demonstrate “weightless” conditions in free-fall. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM from NASA's Cassini Program. The... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is a lesson about the connection between meteorites and asteroids, focusing on remote-sensing techniques using light. Learners will make and record observations and measurements; analyze data and draw analogies; compare samples; measure and... (View More)

This is a lesson about observing and examining meteorites in a Meteorite Sample Disc. Learners will practice scientific techniques, develop skills in acquiring data through the senses, observe, examine, record, and sketch data, use magnifying... (View More)

This is an activity about collecting, describing and classifying terrestrial and lunar rocks. Learners will collect and describe rocks of varying texture, color and shapes. Descriptors will include color, presence or absence of grains and grain... (View More)

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