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Searching the six satellite images of Mars provided in this investigation, students identify and locate areas that possibly sustained life in the past, might now sustain life, or could in the future. The URL opens to the investigation directory,... (View More)

Students understand how satellites are placed in orbit by launching marbles into space, using two plastic rulers and clay. They describe the forces that determine the trajectory of flight. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the... (View More)

Keywords: Gravity

This is a lesson about elemental abundance in solar wind. Learners will count elements extracted from a simulated sample and learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of... (View More)

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

The human activity featured in this investigation is the choice of settlement sites. Beginning with an analysis of the location of their own town, students consider the negative and positive aspects of both natural and human made features. Students... (View More)

The activities contained in this lesson are designed to introduce students to the basic characteristics of satellite images and their scientific importance. Students will discover how images are derived from satellite signals by creating an image... (View More)

Keywords: Remote sensing
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

Maps and images are examined, compared and contrasted in this introductory lesson. Beginning with the school building map typically posted in their classroom, students analyze the information it contains, describe its features, and determine its... (View More)

Keywords: Satellite images
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

This activity is about the use of remote sensing in planetary exploration. Learners will find out how human curiosity in planetary exploration results in science questions, engineering solutions, and teamwork. This activity demonstrates how... (View More)

This is a lesson about elemental abundance in solar wind. Learners will simulate the extraction of elements from the Genesis wafers by counting elements extracted from a simulated sample. This will help them learn how the Genesis samples help... (View More)

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

This activity is about the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft. Using cardboard and other materials, learners will create a two dimensional model of the spacecraft. A diagram with approximate measures of each component is provided.

In the culminating activity of this investigation, students write an editorial entitled, Are We Warming Earth?, in which they attempt to persuade readers to take global warming seriously. Leading up to that activity, students read background... (View More)