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In this activity, users examine satellite images from NASA's Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) that show how much ozone is in the atmosphere over the Southern Hemisphere. They interpret the images to identify ozone thinning that develops over... (View More)

Keywords: Ozone Depletion
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This activity provides a visual example of convection in fluids. Students will record their predictions and observations on diagrams of the experimental set-up showing convection currents. Materials required include hot and cold colored water,... (View More)

In this inquiry exploration, student design an experiment to test the absorption of heat by different earth materials. Materials required include plastic water bottles, soil, sand, water, thermometers, lamp with 60 watt bulb, and stopwatch. This... (View More)

This is a unit of 8 sessions about the Sun-Earth system. Learners will construct a model to show the relative size and scale of the Sun-Earth system, investigate the visible and electromagnetic spectrums, discuss solar flares and solar weather,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about constructing and conducting experiments to determine what part(s) of the spectrum cause a reaction to ultraviolet light-sensitive beads. Learners will design an experiment, present this design for peer review, make... (View More)

This is an activity about whether different wavelengths (colors) in the light spectrum heat objects differently. The activity also focuses on the process used to explore scientific questions pertaining to this topic, thereby developing tools and... (View More)

In this lesson, learners will create a series of predictions about the nature and behavior of light and color, collect data on the same questions and make conclusions using evidence from the exploration. This is lesson 1 in a collection entitled, In... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This interactive, online module reviews the basics of the the electromagnetic spectrum and makes the connection between radiation theory and the images we get from weather satellites. Students will learn about: the electromagnetic spectrum;... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about the spectra of different colors of light. The activity also focuses on the process used to explore scientific questions pertaining to this topic, thereby developing tools and strategies for student inquiry. Learners will... (View More)

In this interactive, online module, students learn about satellite orbits (geostationary and polar), remote-sensing satellite instruments (radiometers and sounders), satellite images, and the math and physics behind satellite technology. The module... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free
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