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In this activity, students develop reasonable calendar designs for an imaginary planet using factoring as a problem solving strategy. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by... (View More) scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This hands-on activity demonstrates how the combining two fluids (confluence of two rivers, Mediterranean water spilling over the straits of Gibraltar into the Atlantic) involves two processes: (1) stirring - stretching of the bulk fluid, and (2)... (View More) mixing - exchange of materials on the molecular level (diffusion). Milk, chocolate milk, pie pans and stirring sticks are required for this activity. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

We've all seen pictures of the Earth and its atmosphere as a series of concentric circles, showing the troposphere, stratosphere, ionosphere, etc., often looking like a bullseye target with the solid Earth in the middle. But if we were to draw that... (View More) picture to scale, what would it really look like? Students create a scale drawing of the atmosphere, to see how thin the layer we breathe really is. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

In this exercise, students learn about the historical development of the Julian and the Gregorian Calendars and design a reasonable calendar for an imaginary planet, considering the cycle period and making design tradeoffs, This resource is from... (View More) PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

Using the reflection seen in the bowl of a spoon as an example, this resource describes how an everyday childhood observation can lead to understanding how curved mirrors are used in telescopes and satellite dishes. This resource is from PUMAS -... (View More) Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

In this demonstration, a soda bottle, paper and straws are used to show learners that air has mass and takes up space. The activity is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and... (View More) engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This math example shows how to calculate the distance one can see from different heights using trigonometry. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers... (View More) showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This resource uses an everyday example of walking a dog as a context where students can observe changes in shadows over the course of a day, and deduce that light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion. The activity is from PUMAS -... (View More) Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

In this investigation students explore how resolution affects information content on remotely sensed images, relate remote sensor resolution (pixel size) to information content, and gain an understanding of the information content of different kinds... (View More) of remote sensing imagery. Students examine aerial or satellite images of the area around their school,interpret remotely sense images, and verify them using ground trotting techniques. Magnifying glasses (2x, 5x and 10x power), aerial photographs, plant identification manual, and a tape measure are needed supplies. This exercise is part of the Ground Truth Studies Teacher Handbook (GTSTH), and is a follow-up investigation to the Digital Faces activity of the same resource. GTSTH provides more than 20 activities to build student understanding of global change and remote sensing, and includes background chapters for teachers, glossary, and appendices. (View Less)

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Students examine a series of remotely-sensed images of the US, scaling from the continent to San Francisco, and distinguish the concepts of scale and resolution. At greater resolution, students are able to identify different land classes on the map,... (View More) using the color key for false color images. This lesson gives students first-hand experience in seeing how reality is represented by maps and models, determine spatial relationships between landscape features on a map, and an opportunity to design and create their own maps and models. This activity is part of the Ground Truth Studies Teacher Handbook, which provides more than 20 activities to build student understanding of global change and remote sensing, and includes background chapters for teachers, glossary, and appendices. (View Less)