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This is a 15-day unit of inquiry-based lessons about the surface features of the Moon and the Earth and how these two worlds formed and continue to evolve. Students participate in real science as they help lunar scientists map the surface of the... (View More)

This is a lesson about the design and operation of an ion propulsion engine. Learners will study the essential components and variables of an ion propulsion system. Activities include an on-line ion propulsion engine simulation and design. Included... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an extension activity to "DAWN: Find a Meteorite." Learners will use a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) to look at a piece of the meteorite and try to determine if it has the Widemenstatten texture, chondrules, and/or a unique chemical... (View More)

This is a lesson about the energy output of the Sun. Learners will consider the essential question, "How much energy does sunlight provide to the Earth and what is its role in the Earth’s energy resources?" Activities include building a device to... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: $1 - $5 per group of students

This is a design challenge about heat transfer and insulation. Learners will apply the scientific method to design and build a container that will keep items cool when placed in boiling water. They will practice collaboration in team-building and in... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Over $20 per group of students

This is an activity about solar and lunar eclipses. Learners will use Styrofoam balls and a single light source to model and observe how both types of eclipses occur. This is Activity A-4 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of... (View More)

This is an activity about observation. Learners will first observe a first quarter Moon and as a group, predict which phase the Moon will be in during the next observation. After this, learners will continue to chart the progress of the lunar cycle... (View More)

This is an activity about Moon phases. Learners will use a Styrofoam ball to simulate the Moon, which will be lit by a single light source in the classroom. Then, they will observe how different portions of the Moon ball are illuminated as they hold... (View More)

This is an activity about scale. Learners will use toilet paper squares as a standard measuring unit for a Solar System model and will determine the scaled distance between each planet using the data provided. This is Activity D-2 of Universe at... (View More)

This is an activity about size and scale. Learners will use common objects to create a size and distance model of the Solar System, with a peppercorn representing the size of the Earth. Using paces or steps as a form of standard measurement,... (View More)

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