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This activity is about the use of thermal emission spectroscopy in planetary research. Learners will understand how thermal spectroscopy science is used to understand the composition of the Martian surface by simulating the data collection of the... (View More)

This is a classroom bingo-style game about vocabulary and concepts related to Mars and Mars missions. A list of vocabulary words and their definitions is provided.

This is a lesson about light in the outer solar system. Learners will demonstrate the effect of the inverse square law of illumination with distance and connect this to the functioning of solar panels at Saturn. Requires a silicon solar cell... (View More)

This is a brief activity about the mathematics of Mars. By playing this matching card game, learners will gain knowledge of Mars mathematical facts and vocabulary.

This is an activity about planetary sizes and distances. Learners will construct a scale model of the Earth, Earth’s Moon and Mars in relation to each other using balloons. They will use this model to predict distances and reflect on how... (View More)

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

This is a lesson about our Sun. Learners will read a page of information about our Sun and answer questions in an accompanying worksheet. This activity is from the Stanford Solar Center's All About the Sun: Sun and Stars activity guide for Grades... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school

This is an activity about resonance and where it is found in related to astronomy. Learners will construct two differently sized rings out of file folder paper and tape them to a piece of cardboard. Next, they will shake the cardboard from side to... (View More)

This is an activity about size, distance, and perspective. Learners will observe two objects of the same size placed at different distances, and they will observe two objects of different size placed at varying distances. This concept is then... (View More)

This is a lesson about the search for life on Mars. Learners will participate in three activities. In the first activity (Imaginary Martians) learners will compare a fictional organism with what they know about life on Mars today. In the second... (View More)