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Explore how the changing position of the Sun causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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In this activity you can compare your local soil with that of classmates and with a description of the soil found on Mars.
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There is water all over Earth in different forms. By far, most of the planet's water is in the oceans, but it is in other places as well. Sometimes water is a liquid, sometimes it is a solid, and sometimes it is a gas. These changes in the states of matter are the result of the water either gaining...
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Earth's temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth's temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you will...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don't move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth's surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
Engineers are problem solvers! They figure out how to solve problems by coming up with some solutions and trying them out in an organized way. Taking notes throughout their problem-solving process, scientist ask what, how, and why as they work to identify solutions. Using the Earth as a model, this...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The moon goes around the Earth in about 29 days. During that time different amounts of it are visible. These are called the phases of the moon. In this activity, students will use a model to explore what causes the phases to occur.
Grade Level   5 6
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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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