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# Blue Marble Matches: Using Earth for Planetary Comparisons

This activity is designed to introduce students to planetary geologic features and processes. First, students will use NASA satellite images to identify geologic surface features on the "Blue Marble" (Earth), and will explore the connection between... (View More)

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity B Making a Simple Mathematical Mode

In this activity, students build a simple computer model to determine the black body surface temperature of planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Experiments altering the luminosity and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity C The Role of Actual Data in Mathematical Models

Students explore how mathematical descriptions of the physical environment can be fine-tuned through testing using data. In this activity, student teams obtain satellite data measuring the Earth's albedo, and then input this data into a... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Temperature Variations and Habitability: Activity A Observing, Describing, and Adapting to Environmental Variations

In this activity, student teams design and conduct a scientific investigation in which they explore the conditions necessary for life. They conduct observations of environmental conditions both indoor and outdoor, and determine the range of... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Over \$20 per group of students

# How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures: Activity A How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?

In this 2-part inquiry-based lesson, students conduct a literature search to determine the characteristics of the atmospheres of different planets (Venus, Mercury, Mars and Earth). After collecting and analyzing data, student teams design and... (View More)

Audience: High school

# Where Are the Cities?

This investigation requires students to locate several major U.S. cities using four different sources: an outline map, a nighttime lights image, an atlas map, and a space shuttle image. After analyzing and comparing the information from those... (View More)

# How Do Disaster Paths Affect People's Lives?

The impacts of natural disasters are described in imaginary pen pal letters from peers who reside in the pathways of four authentic natural disasters: a volcanic lava flow in Hawaii, a volcanic ash cloud in Russia, a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - \$1

# How Close Is Safe? Buffer Zone Development

The effects of volcanoes on both the environment and people are the focus of this investigation. Students are introduced to the term "buffer" and are tasked with creating a possible buffer zone around Mount St. Helens. Students begin by assigning 32... (View More)

# How Can We Tell If Other Planets Have Water?

Satellite images of Mercury and Mars are used to illustrate craters and generate a discussion about their cause. After comparing those images with one of Earth, students explore the reason for the lack of visible craters on our planet. The abundance... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - \$1 per student

# What Are the Causes and Effects of ENSO?

El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) affects weather, climate, and, consequently, humans and their activities. In this investigation, students review and analyze ENSO background info, data and satellite images in preparation for a game. Acting as... (View More)

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