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Earth Turns? Prove It!

Earth Turns? Prove It!

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This demonstration uses a pendulum at the north "pole" of a small ...

This demonstration uses a pendulum at the north "pole" of a small scale "Earth" to show the fixed swing-plane and the "planet" rotating beneath it.

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PUMAS
Author:
Stephen J. Edberg, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Date Added:
06/24/2019
How Thick is the Atmosphere?

How Thick is the Atmosphere?

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Students create a scale drawing of the atmosphere and relate it to ...

Students create a scale drawing of the atmosphere and relate it to atmospheric pressure.

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PUMAS
Author:
Martin J. Ruzek, Universities Space Research Association
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise

Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise

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Students determine the amount that sea level would rise, averaged around the ...

Students determine the amount that sea level would rise, averaged around the globe, in response to the complete melting of several ice sheets.

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PUMAS
Author:
Claire L. Parkinson, Oceans and Ice Branch, Goddard Space Flight Center
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Launch Speed

Launch Speed

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Students explore how Newton's laws of motions are used on aircraft carriers.

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PUMAS
Author:
Katehrine Gateau
Date Added:
06/24/2019
The Moon Orbits the Sun?!?!

The Moon Orbits the Sun?!?!

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Students compute the strengths of the gravitational forces exerted on the Moon ...

Students compute the strengths of the gravitational forces exerted on the Moon by the Sun and by the Earth, and compare them. Demonstrate the actual shape of the Moon's orbit around the Sun. Students will understand the gravitational forces between bodies and tidal forces generated by those bodies are different, and compare the two.

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PUMAS
Author:
Stephen J. Edberg, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Particle Man and the Photon

Particle Man and the Photon

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Students understand how some substances transmit light, some absorb, some scatter and ...

Students understand how some substances transmit light, some absorb, some scatter and some combine more than one process.

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PUMAS
Author:
Lorraine Remer and Richard Kleidman, NASA/Goddard Space Flight
Date Added:
06/24/2019
The Rubber Band Problem

The Rubber Band Problem

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Students investigate motion and forces by trying to solve a problem of ...

Students investigate motion and forces by trying to solve a problem of how to move two books across a tabletop by simply pulling on a rubber band.

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PUMAS
Author:
Glenn Simonelli
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Sand or Rock? Finding Out From 1000km

Sand or Rock? Finding Out From 1000km

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Students use an IR thermometer to observe how heat energy from the ...

Students use an IR thermometer to observe how heat energy from the sun can warm materials.

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PUMAS
Author:
Stephen J. Edberg, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Scavenger Hunt: Simulating Natural Selection

Scavenger Hunt: Simulating Natural Selection

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Students take on the roles of crab-like predators that have variations in ...

Students take on the roles of crab-like predators that have variations in the shape of "claws." Students will then go hunting/scavenging for beans on grass lawns with their feeding appendages, continuing the hunt for three rounds or "generations," with extinction and reproduction occurring between generations. To study evolution by natural selection in this predator population, the class will track the frequency of each appendage type through three generations.

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PUMAS
Author:
Paul Narguizian
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Seeing Interference Fringes

Seeing Interference Fringes

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Students demonstrate the wave nature of light by projecting interference patterns.

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PUMAS
Author:
Stephen J. Edberg, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Snowmelt and Floods

Snowmelt and Floods

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Students determine the volume of water stored in the snow in the ...

Students determine the volume of water stored in the snow in the Red River Basin and give some possible reasons for why the flooding of the Red River was greater and occurred later in northern North Dakota than in southern North Dakota.

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PUMAS
Author:
James L. Foster, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Teaching Atomic Structure Using Cooperative Learning

Teaching Atomic Structure Using Cooperative Learning

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Students are placed in cooperative learning groups with the goal to teach ...

Students are placed in cooperative learning groups with the goal to teach the other members of their group a sub concept of atomic structure. Within each group, students take on the following roles: atomic number expert, mass number expert, isotope expert, and nuclear atom expert.

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PUMAS
Author:
Kathleen Wawers
Date Added:
06/24/2019
There's Air in There!

There's Air in There!

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Students observe air pressure and recognize that air has mass and takes ...

Students observe air pressure and recognize that air has mass and takes up space.

Provider:
PUMAS
Author:
Lorraine Remer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Volcanoes and Urban Planning

Volcanoes and Urban Planning

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Students use high-resolution satellite data for selecting a new and safer location ...

Students use high-resolution satellite data for selecting a new and safer location for the town of Villarrica, along with its corresponding communication and evacuation routes.

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PUMAS
Author:
Lucas Moxey
Date Added:
06/24/2019
Water Bottles, Root Beer, and Air

Water Bottles, Root Beer, and Air

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Students complete several activities to better understand how wind speed and temperature ...

Students complete several activities to better understand how wind speed and temperature contribute to wind chill.

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PUMAS
Author:
Peter Kiefer
Date Added:
06/24/2019