Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE)

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8
Organization:American Museum of Natural History (AMNH); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Summary:NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is accumulating or drying up. With these resources, students can explore real data to see for themselves how Earth's water is changing.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 5; Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D; ESS3.A; ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; climate; climate change; data; gravity; ice; middle school; nasa; oceans; water; water availability; water resources
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