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The activity begins with information on general characteristics of stars and the criteria used to classify of them into four stellar groups. Learners are then provided with “Star Status” sheets that provide both factual information and... (View More) anthropomorphic descriptions of six stars representing the stellar groups. Learners use the information on the sheets to “act out” the star, while others guess the star class that is being represented. This activity was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
In this activity, children observe common objects and images from close up and from far away to learn the importance of perspective. Comparing a close up image and a satellite image of the Colorado Black Forest fire encourages learners to examine... (View More) and evaluate the different types of information that can be gathered from different perspectives. Finally, using an image of Mars, they identify a geologic feature. This activity was designed for use in a library program. (View Less)
Using a plastic tray filled with sand to represent a planetary surface, learners simulate the effects of wind, water and impacts. They will compare the surface effects they create with actual images of planetary surfaces- and determine the causes of... (View More) the features in the images. This activity was designed to be used in a library program. (View Less)
This resource guide is intended for Peace Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers who are trying to bring more STEM into their fieldwork. Includes a 10-minute guide to the universe and constellations, and links to activities and other resources.
This paper and pencil activity pad, designed for children ages 5-10, includes simple activities (e.g., connect the dots, fill in the blanks, drawing), fun facts, and information about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Women connected with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory share their personal career motivations and career advice. Their stories, along with their job descriptions, illustrate the many important ways that women contribute to the pursuit of... (View More) understanding the Universe through high-energy astrophysics. (View Less)
Follow the 400 year background story leading to the creation of the first 3D model of a supernova (Cassiopeia A). This article explains how science, mathematics and technology led to the visual representation of data gathered by NASA’s Chandra... (View More) X-ray Observatory. The model of Cassiopeia A is available free online- allowing you to make your own 3D model. (View Less)
Comparing and contrasting images at two different scientific scales- the microscopic and the macroscopic- show remarkable similarities in patterns and textures. While the 8-dual images on this poster look very similar, the descriptions and actual... (View More) measurements that accompany them reveal the sources of the images to be surprisingly different natural objects. (View Less)