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This is an activity about the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Learners will plot the Auroral Oval in the northern hemisphere and determine the height of the northern lights using Carl Stormer's triangulation method. This activity corresponds to... (View More)

Problem: How do you measure an angle with a protector, when that angle is between two solid walls? This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

This activity focuses on the question, What do active galaxies look like when viewed from different distances? Students work in small groups to learn about the small angle formula, construct a template, and use it to correctly measure the angular... (View More)

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

This is an activity about determining the distance of a solar flare from the center of the Sun's disk. Learners will use transparency grids overlaid on images of the Sun in order to calculate the distance of a solar flare, similar to a signal... (View More)

This is a journal article and activity/demonstration about navigation in space. Learners will learn about gyroscopes by playing with a spinning bicycle wheel to demonstrate momentum, centripal force and angular momentum. First the spinning wheel is... (View More)

Keywords: Navigation

Using a metric ruler and protractor, students use triangulation to track a meteor’s path and to predict where meteorites might be found, and calculate velocity using supplied distance and time data. The resource is part of the teacher's guide... (View More)

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

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)

This article discusses how Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites work, and how the TOPEX and Jason-1 satellites use GPS data in making very precise topological maps of the oceans. The article includes an activity. Students are divided into two... (View More)

Keywords: GPS; Mapping

This is an activity about satellite size. Learners will calculate the volume of the IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite, the first satellite mission to image the Earth's magnetosphere. They will then determine the... (View More)

This activity introduces measurement and scale using hands-on activities. In this activity, students use the concept of similar triangles to determine the height of a tree. This activity is one of several available on an educational poster related... (View More)