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# Polar Studies: Exploring Relationships Between Insolation and Temperature (Part 1)

In this learning activity, students compare changes in insolation with changes in surface temperature in the polar regions using scientific visualizations of global data sets. Links to readings related to the shrinking ice cap and albedo are... (View More)

# Polar Studies: Using Data and Images to Understand Albedo

In this learning activity, students compare polar data from the Arctic and Antarctic, explore Earth’s albedo and its effect on arctic sea ice, and examine graphed data and scientific visualizations of remotely-sensed satellite data. Readings... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

# Using Data to Understand Polar Changes

In this activity, students analyze regions of sea ice using data and ImageJ software. They measure ice mass and calculate effective albedo, and plot changes in solar energy and water/ice cover percentages. This is part 4 of a four-part activity on... (View More)

# Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity A Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

In this activity, student teams design small-scale physical models of hot and cold planets, (Venus and Mars), and learn that small scale models allow researchers to determine how much larger systems function. There is both a team challenge and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: \$10 - \$20 per group of students

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity A Finding a Mathematical Description of a Physical Relationship

In this activity, student teams learn about research design and design a controlled experiment exploring the relationship between a hypothetical planet, an energy source, and distance. They analyze the data and derive an equation to describe the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity B Experimenting with Computer Models

In this activity, students pose several hypotheses for what will happen if you continue heating or supplying energy to the hot and cold planet models (Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Earth) and then test their hypotheses using a spreadsheet based... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student
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