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This is a lesson/briefing about the Dawn mission and the significance of its ion propulsion system. Learners will consider cases of science fact versus science fictions, study the challenges of the Dawn mission, and apply the "History Frame"... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this story, students learn that clouds have different names based on their appearance and position in the atmospheric column. Contrails, or condensation trails, are also discussed. This science-based storybook is the one of four under the title... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about the phases of the moon. Learners will view and identify images of the different phases and measure the moon's size in each. This activity is Astronomy Activity 5 in a larger resource, Space Update.

Keywords: Eccentricity
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Students will explore the difference between the three types of contrails. Then they will make observations of contrails outside, and record their observations. Fifteen minutes later they will make follow-up observations to see how the contrails... (View More)

Keywords: Clouds; Contrails

The CERES (Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System) satellite instrument gathers data on Earth's surface coverage; this lesson provides an introduction to coverage types and percentages by using that data from two geographic areas: the equator and... (View More)

Keywords: Authentic data use
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this video-based activity, students learn that sea level is an average measurement of the height of the ocean, and sea level changes with the seasons and over time. El Niño and La Ninña events are compared, demonstrating that sea height is a... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This is an episode of the Space Place Live talk show. Learners will watch engineer, Donya Douglas, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, talk about her job in designing ways to keep the three tiny Space Technology 5 spacecraft at the right... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson about simple machines and how they relate to robots. Learners will gain an understanding of simple machines and how they may be used in our everyday lives. Students will also have an opportunity to design a Rube Goldberg Machine of... (View More)

Through the use of satellite images taken during a winter storm over the Central United States in 2000, this lesson provides the opportunity to conduct a case study of cloud coverage. Students will use satellite images to not only estimate total... (View More)

This is an activity about the phases of Venus and the planet’s variance in angular size as seen from Earth. Learners will use an online program such as Solar System Live to determine Venus’s distance from Earth for one half of its cycle. This... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free