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This is an activity about the Doppler effect. Learners begin by simulating the noise made by a passing siren. After learning that the change in pitch results from movement, they investigate the definition of frequency, calculate change in frequency,... (View More)

This is a set of materials about spectroscopy, including a downloadable PowerPoint presentation and two demonstrations or activities. Learners will read and/or hear about the science of spectroscopy, what a spectrum is, and how spectroscopy is... (View More)

In this activity, students will learn how technology can help scientists solve a problem. One of the challenges scientists face with any spacecraft is attitude control. Students will be introduced to the problem of attitude control in space through... (View More)

In this short demo/activity, a balloon with baking soda in it is stretched over the mouth of a flask or bottle containing vinegar. The balloon is tipped so that the baking soda falls into the vinegar, and the reaction creates carbon dioxide, which... (View More)

Using three flashlights and sheets of red, blue and green cellophane, students demonstrate that white light is composed of colored light of different wavelengths. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files:... (View More)

In this demonstration, students learn how fiber optics work by observing a model using gelatin and observing how the internal reflection of light allows light to bend within the system. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the... (View More)

In this demonstration, a flashlight, mirror, water and a plastic shoebox are used to refract light into its component wavelengths, seen as colors of the visible spectrum. Students create a drawing of the sequence of colors in the rainbow. The... (View More)

In this demonstration, students see how the different wavelengths of the visible light spectrum combine to make white light. Student cut circles out of poster board, color sections red, orange, yellow, blue, green and violet, suspend it in the air... (View More)

In this demonstration, liquids of different density are mixed to demonstrate how the layers of the Earth were formed as the denser materials sank to the inner portion of the Earth with the less dense materials, such as our crust, remaining on top. A... (View More)

In this demonstration of the properties of light, two small mirrors and a dime are used to show students understand how optical illusions can be created. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files: The Case of... (View More)

Keywords: Magic tricks
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