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On this webpage, learners will read fun facts about Pluto and explore why it is no longer considered a planet.

In this hands-on activity, learners begin by estimating the size of each planet in our Solar System and Pluto and making each out of playdough or a similar material. Then, learners follow specific instructions to divide a mass of playdough into the... (View More)

This is an activity about identifying and classifying objects in space. Learners will complete a worksheet asking them to identify certain pictures as a planet, moon, or asteroid. This activity requires a computer with Internet access and access to... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson about Saturn. Learners will draw and write to express their knowledge of Saturn. This is lesson 1 of 10 in "Reading, Writing & Rings!" for grades 1-2.

This math example explains what celestial objects a person can see with the unaided eye from the vantage points of Earth and Mars, using simple math, algebra and astronomical distance information. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This is an activity about how impacts in space increase the heat of planetary bodies. Learners will demonstrate the conversion of kinetic energy (energy of motion) to heat (thermal) energy by hammering a nail and feeling its temperature increase.... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about centripetal force in the solar system. Learners will demonstrate how gravity keeps moons and rings in orbit by modeling it with a spoon and thread spool. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive,... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about gravity in space. Learners will use water in a cup to demonstrate “weightless” conditions in free-fall. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM from NASA's Cassini Program. The... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about Saturn's rings. Learners will will build simulated Saturnian rings and then shine a flashlight through them to understand how stars can be seen through Saturn's rings, even though the rings look solid from a distance.... (View More)

This is an activity about gravitational fields. Learners will use rolling BBs in a magnetic field, to understand the concept of a spacecraft trying to escape a planet’s gravitational field. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
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