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Astronomy exhibitions, shows and programs; Location: Chicago, IL
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From the data-collecting endeavors of the rover Curiosity to the process of constructing Orion, a spacecraft designed for eventual travel to Mars, this 10-minute presentation highlights NASA's many efforts supporting current and future explorations of the Red Planet. Watch the presentation in the...
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Bring the wonder of space to your students. Explore our universe of science, technology, engineering and math activities and resources. Astronaut visits, tours of JPL, museums, speakers, Night Sky Network; Location: Pasadena, CA
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The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska offers a variety of science workshops that integrate space science, mathematics, technology, problem solving, and teamwork. These programs can be tailored to your group's interests or needs, and offer exciting hands, and minds-on activities for all ages....
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"Here is something for astronomy geeks: Our solar system as a DIY papercraft kit. The set contains all eight planets, sad little Pluto who not too long ago got demoted to ‘dwarf planet’, and – of course – our home star, the sun. Each model features a funny face showing that planet's...
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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
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The Evening Sky Map is a 2-page monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers including newcomers to astronomy. Designed to print clearly on all printers, The Evening Sky Map is ready-to-use and will help you to: identify planets, stars, and major constellations; find sparkling star...
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The Pull of the Planets is part of a thematic series of lessons highlighting the Juno mission to Jupiter. It is a traditional hands-on activity that models how gravitational forces can keep planets and asteroids in orbit within the Solar System. Using stretchable fabric help in place with an...
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In this kinesthetic acticity, students model how the Moon's gravitational pull causes the level of the ocean to rise and fall twice a day along most coastlines.
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The Moon is the reason for our 24-hour day! In this 45-minute activity, children ages 10 to 13 explore the Earth's rotation and the Moon's role.
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Flash animations and simulations for astronomy education. Topics include seasons, moon phases, coordinate systems, light, and more.
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"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their...
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Children, ages 8–13, embark on an exploration of Earth's and the Moon's shared history in this 30 –minute introductory activity for the Explore! Marvel Moon module. They work in groups to determine the order of geologic events  — such as the formation of the Moon and when the bright crater of...
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Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater)...
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Children ages 8 to 13 select from a variety of fruits to construct a scale of the Moon, Earth, and Sun. After determining the correct sizes and distances for their models, they remove the Moon. They consider what it would be like if the nearby Moon were no longer reflecting the Sun's light in the...
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Our Moon acts like training wheels for the Earth, allowing for a stable cycle of seasons. In part A, children ages 11 to 13 model how Earth's tilt creates the seasons. In part B, children model that if its tilt was not stabilized by the Moon, Earth's axis would slowly wobble betwen straight up and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Lockheed Martin's STEM education initiative for the middle level offers standards-based lesson plans, educator guides, and family activities to motivate students to learn about deep space exploration. The resources introduce a range of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast...
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The Sciences and Exploration Directorate is the largest Earth and space science research organization in the world. Its scientists advance understanding of the Earth and its life-sustaining environment, the Sun, the solar system, and the wider universe beyond. The Directorate is part of Goddard...
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Published in 2012
Animations on several topics including: force and motion, cosmic zoom, cosmic rays, kinetic energy, lunar phases, night sky, our atmosphere, refraction, seasons, seismic waves, stars, sun, and tides.
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