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"Ice in Motion" Greenland posters

Ice in Motion, a series of posters depicting NASA’s work in Greenland, is now freely available for download. The posters, which were translated into Danish and Greenlandic with the help of high school students, are currently on display at several airports and high schools in Greenland. The posters were designed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Copenhagen, the government of Greenland and the Joint Committee, a forum involving the Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. governments.

A Universal Puzzler

Use your knowledge of space terminology to solve this puzzle.
[ 0-30 minutes ]

Afterschool Universe

Afterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students. It explores astronomy concepts through engaging hands-on activities and takes participants on a journey through the universe.
[ 8+ hours ]

Afterschool Universe YouTube Channel

These additional resources on YouTube help informal educators to run the activities within the Afterschool Universe program.

Another Way to Solve a Chilling Problem

This lab illustrates creative methods for cooling by presenting a technique for creating supercooled water. This may be done as a demonstration, but can be easily integrated into a chemistry or physics class as a lab exercise.
[ 30-60 minutes ]

Antarctic Elevation Animations

Antarctic Elevation Laser Profiles and Digital Model

Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity from Space Website

The Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity from Space website contains classroom activities for students in grades K-12. Aquarius is the first satellite to measure global sea surface salinity.

Ask an Astrophysicist

A service in which scientists within the Astrophysics Science Division answer questions on a variety of topics. The site includes an extensive collection of previously asked questions.

Ask Dr. SOHO

Ask Dr. SOHO will respond to questions about the sun. Grades K-adult .

Astronomy Picture of the Day

This site presents a different image of our fascinating universe every day, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Beautiful Earth Website

Beautiful Earth is a unique education experience for people of all ages that combines live music, a multi-media presentation of NASA visualizations and timelapses, NASA scientist and Native American perspectives of the Earth, and hands-on workshops at 5 partner museums across the U.S.

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity is an event curriculum where Girl Scouts meet real scientists and join them for a day of hands-on exploration into supernovae and black holes.
[ 2-4 hours ]

Build an LRO

Create your own models of lunar orbiters out of edible or nonedible materials.
[ Science as Inquiry: Understanding about scientific inquiry ]
[ Unifying Concepts and Processes: Evolution and equilibrium ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Objects in the sky (K-4) ]
[ 30-60 minutes ]

Building Intuition for In-water Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing: Spectrophotometer Activity with littleBits™

This activity demonstrates optical properties of water: that different constituents in water affect the transmission, absorption, and scattering of different colors in the visible light spectrum.

Chesapeake Bay Flyover and Watershed Region

Chesapeake Bay Flyover and Watershed Region animation with city and river labels

Climate Change Inquiry Lab

Students work in groups to investigate one of the following factors driving climate change: greenhouse gases, sea level rise and melting sea ice. The investigation involves conducting an experiment, connecting to real-world data and presenting a poster summary of their findings.

ClimateBits: El Niño

This brief (1:58) video provides an explanation of El Niño and its impact on the marine food web. Satellite images of a large El Niño in 2015 show the impact on both water temperature and phytoplankton blooms.

ClimateBits: Fast Carbon, Slow Carbon

Designed for Science on a Sphere, this video is narrated by NASA scientist Peter Griffith who explains fast and slow carbon cycling on Earth. A banana is an example of fast, young carbon. A chunk of coal is an example of old, slow carbon.

ClimateBits: Unhealthy Air

This video explains how air pollution negatively affects the health of people around the world.

ClimateBits: UV Index

This brief (1:53) video describes the UV (Ultraviolet) index and presents a visual range of its monthly strength at Earth's surface. The factors that influence that range- the sun's angle, ozone thickness, clouds, air pollution, surface reflection, and land elevation- are presented.


Downloadable PowerPoint file of Dr. Michael Mumma's 2004 Keck lecture on comets. (58 MB) Mumma is a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Concentration Game

Play the classic Concentration card game online, with a solar twist!

Cosmic Connection

A very important piece of space equipment has been hidden among the stars. Use your mathematical skills to find it!

Cosmic Couples

Match pictures of objects found in our universe.

Cosmic Distance Scale

This feature illustrates the immensity of the universe by employing a method used many times in "Power of 10" films. It starts with an image of Earth and then zooms out to the furthest visible reaches of the universe.
[ Unifying Concepts and Processes: Form and function ]
[ Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Earth in the solar system (5-8) ]
[ History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor (9-12) ]

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