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  1. Model Rockets

Source: Dragonfly TV00Video

Explore how the materials and shape of a rocket affect its performance. Watch kids use the scientific method to figure out how to build a model rocket that will reach 1,600 feet.


Wild and Weird Rockets

Wild and Weird Roc…

MythBusters


  1. NASA Rockets Educator Guide 19 Activities

The guide contains information about NASA’s newest rockets, with both new activities and updated ones from the original Rockets Educator Guide published in 2003.


Build Your Own Space Exploration Fleet

Sample Spacecraft ModelRight now, a bunch of super tough robots are out there exploring our solar system. You can build paper versions of many of them right here on Earth.
Paper modeling – or card modeling – is the art of constructing things with only colored, cut and folded pieces of paper. To help in constructing each model, you will need the free Adobe Readerto print the instructions and model parts. A link to adobe.com is provided with each model.
Remember: Spacecraft construction is a team activity. Get some friends and an adult to pitch in on the mission. Now pick a ship to start your space fleet (or click on the spacecraft name to find out what the mission is all about):
http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/kids/papermodels.cfm

  1. Adventures in Rocket Science Educator Guide 25 Activities

The information in this document was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators
Grades: K-12 and Informal
This guide contains 25 activities designed for 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, after-school programs, and other informal education venues. Participants learn about the history and principles of rocketry and NASA’s newest rockets — Ares I and Ares V. While doing these hands-on activities, participants also learn about Hero Engines, parachutes and surface area, altitude tracking, and Newton’s Laws Of Motion. Learners can also build four types of rockets and two types of egg drops.

Adventures in Rocket Science Educator Guide

READINGS IN PDF FILE:

Adventures in Rocket Science Introduction: Flight of a Model Rocket……….. 1
Practical Rocketry……………… 7
A Brief History of Rockets………….. 17

Constellation Program America’s Fleet of Next Generation Launch Vehicles……. 27


Lesson Plan

4. Flying Free: Make a Wind Tunnel

Investigate the science of flight, the tilt or angle of attack of a wing’s surface and the effect of control surfaces. Construct a model of an open jet wind tunnel using a household desk fan to produce a flow of air.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5, 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

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5. Yo-Yos

Examine the science behind how yo-yos and tops work, experiment with adjusting variables on the two toys and record the effects of the adjustments. Make a simple helicopter and create an investigation that determines the best design.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5, 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

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7. Magnetic Storm: Visualizing Magnetic Fields

Explore the magnetic fields around different shapes of magnets.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5, 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

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8. Math Space Odyssey: How Long Is a Light Year?

Demonstrate the ability to use a light year as a standard of measurement to calculate time and distance from the earth. Solve problems based on light years.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5 | Subject: Math, Science & Tech

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73 experiments explore liquids, gases, properties and changes, sound, static electricity, and forces. Comprehensive teacher resource pages for each experiment include materials list, objective, science background, and step-by-step procedures. Reproducible student record sheets and icons for graphing student guesses about experiment outcomes.

http://books.google.com/books?id=yDjYGY_5tUkC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false

READINGS:

A Pictorial History of Rockets
What Comes Next
How Rockets Work
Applying Newton’s Laws

A Brief History of Rocketry

Rocket History

History of Space Exploration

Spacecraft Mission Summaries

http://www.solarviews.com/eng/history.htm

Users can choose from an extensive selection of links to resources for use in the study of the history of space exploration. The links provide access to historic information and publications, chronologies, and mission summaries for American, Russian, European, and other spacemissions. For educators, there are links to guides to robotic spacecraft and to observing thespace shuttle in orbit. Links … Full description.


  1. Students can design their own Discovery mission!

“Unlocking the Mysteries: Science on the Edge of Our Solar System” features the award-winning 23-minute Discovery Program overview video which takes you along on the explorations being conducted by NASA’s Discovery missions. It then allows you to become the scientists and engineers and design your own mission to investigate the cosmic unknowns. Click here to begin your future in space exploration.
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This education module is written for grades 5-8 classroom teachers. It could also be used in after school programs or week-long camps. It contains a Teacher Guide, supporting materials, and a list of Internet Resources which includes 10 engaging activities, one from each Discovery mission. This education module was developed by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Aurora, CO.


Future Flight Design is a web-based interactive, problem-based learning environment where students in grades 5-8 learn about forces of flight and design air transportation and aircraft systems of the future. Biographies highlight careers in aeronautics and aerospace engineering.

  1. http://futureflight.arc.nasa.gov/teacher.html 10 classes

  1. NOVA: Astrospies Lesson Plan
    Offline and Online Activity
    Grade Range: 6-8, 9-12
    Gain an historical perspective on the development of rockets and space flight, especially as it relates to spying. Explore what “resolution” means and how important it is to see details, and examine the dimensions of the International Space Station.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/3503_astrospi.html

Chasing the Sun

Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, education standards, procedures, and suggestions for extensions of the lessons.

  1. Lesson Plan 1: Here Comes Bernoulli
    (Science – Grades 6-8)
    Three simple classroom activities help students understand Bernoulli’s principle about how air pressure affects a plane’s ability to fly.
  1. Lesson Plan 2: Fly Away

Students learn about aerodynamics through the design, testing and redesign of paper airplanes.

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19. Life’s Big Questions: Will Robots Take Over?

Investigate the robotics issues surrounding an unmanned space probe, and practice maneuvering a vehicle from afar. Design a soft lander and build a cushion around an egg that prevents the egg from breaking when dropped from a predetermined height.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

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20. Moving Targets

Explore how scientists use the Doppler effect and observations of light from stars to determine the radial velocity of objects in space.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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21. Terror in Space

Explore the concept of center of mass and experiment with how altering the location of an object’s center of mass can affect its motion.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Math, Science & Tech

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22. Monster of the Milky Way

Relate changes in density to changes in volume as a massive star evolves into a black hole. Define and calculate density, and discover the implications of increasing density while decreasing size.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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23. Origins: Back to the Beginning

Explore the elements found in the Periodic Table of Elements and what role some of them play in the universe. Test your knowledge of the elements and the organization of the table by completing a puzzle.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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24. Once in a Blue Moon

Use number theory and problem-solving skills to investigate when certain planets in the solar system are aligned.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8 | Subject: Math, Science & Tech

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25. Theories

Describe how scientific theories change over time. Compare the heliocentric model to the geocentric model of the universe and investigate the time it took to change the theory, not only in the scientific community but throughout the world.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tech

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26. Galaxy Sorting

Compare specific similarities and differences among galaxies by examining features visible in photographs. Identify types of features found in galaxies by classifying the photographs into groups.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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27. Stellar Fingerprints: The Spectra of Stars

Identify the composition of stars by applying the ideas of quantum theory. Investigate the field of spectroscopy, and examine the spectra of stars to locate the emission and absorption lines of hydrogen.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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28. Einstein Revealed

Investigate the wavelength properties of visible light and the scattering effects of the earth’s atmosphere on different wavelengths.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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29. Dimming the Sun

Conduct an experiment and investigate how air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, solar radiation and precipitation affect evaporation. Graph the data collected during the experiment.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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30. Science in Paradise: Big Dish

Investigate the science of radio astronomy, and create a model of a curved reflecting dish that will work like the Arecibo detector to detect electromagnetic waves. Explore risk using a risk space grid.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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31. Life’s Really Big Questions: Planetary Problem Solving

Explore the possibility of life on planets outside our solar system. Create an extrasolar planet, then make the necessary adaptations for it to be capable of supporting human life.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 3-5, 6-8 | Subject: Science & Tec

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32. Journey to Mars: Why Go To Mars?

Explore the technological advancement of 3-D imaging critical to the 1997 Pathfinder mission. Make a pair of 3-D glasses and use them to view Mars images on the Internet.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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33. Journey to Mars: NASA’s Way to Mars

Investigate the invention of the Pathfinder rover’s landing apparatus by designing, constructing and testing an original model of a bouncing lander. Compete to see which landers work best to keep the cargo from breaking.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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34. Journey to Mars: Out of Thin Air

Discuss facts about Mars and investigate scientists’ efforts to create fuel from materials found in space. Perform a simplified method of aqueous electrolysis to split water into its two chemical elements using electric current from a battery.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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35. Journey to Mars: Getting There

Explore the usefulness of space probes by comparing an unmanned probe’s accuracy with human observation. Design a planet surface with varied features, and then create probes to discover features of the planet’s surface.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech

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36. The Frontiers Decade: Decade in Space

Investigate the invention of the Pathfinder rover’s landing apparatus by designing, constructing and testing an original model of a bouncing lander. Compete to see which landers work best to keep the cargo from breaking.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan | Date Saved: 12/12/09 Grade: 6-8, 9-12 | Subject: Science & Tech


  1. Featured Themes: Super CYBERCHASE Science

How can kids use math to unlock the secrets of science? Use these CYBERCHASE Project Starters to fill a weekend afternoon or help your child choose a fun, math-based science project for school.
Check out the 4 different groups below:
How Things Work | Measuring Up | Making Predictions | Puzzling Patterns

http://www.pbs.org/parents/cyberchase/lessons/themes/supercyberchasescience/projects.html


  1. Math in Science & Engineering Activity Guide (PDF) [2539k]
    Download the guide for five fun and engaging hands-on projects for classroom and after-school group explorations in math, science and engineering.

  1. Support Materials for the Math in Science & Engineering Activity Guide (PDF) [3991k]
    Handouts, take home activities and graphics to support the activities featured in the Guide.

Space Intera Here are our favorite CYBERCHASE activities that link math and science. Browse to choose one for your family, class or after-school group!

Lesson Plan (for Classroom or After-School Use)


  1. Modeling Mania (PDF) [203k]
    Topic: Modeling
    Students apply what they learn from CYBERCHASE episode #122, “Model Behavior,” to make their own model for a bridge that won’t collapse under weight.


Printable Activities (for Kids and Families)


  1. Digit’s Cyber-Dough Activity
    Topic: Measurement
    This activity gives kids ways to practice both measurement and proportional reasoning.

  1. CYBERCHASE At Home: How Much Time Does It Take?
    Part 1 (PDF) [757k] | Part 2 (PDF) [519k]
    Topic: Measuring Time
    Make a three-minute timer.

  1. Step Into Cyberspace!
    With this activity, now you can step into Cyberspace too!


Web Activities (for Kids)


  1. Quest 3: Eco-Haven Emergency
    Topic: Measurement, Patterns, Deductive Reasoning, Biology, Physics
    Use math and science to stop Hacker before he ruins Eco-Haven!

  1. Poddle Weigh In
    Topic: Balance Scales
    The Poddles have lost their numbers. Use a scale to help them out!

  1. Can You Fill It?
    Topic: Measuring Volume
    Fill up containers with water– but be careful not to soak the CyberSquad!


Workshop Activity Kit (for Classroom or After-School Use)


  1. The Footprint Files Workshop Activity Kit (PDF) [1765k]
    Topic: Physical Proportions
    Kids use math and science to solve a mystery.

Space Interactives:

An important component of Science NetLinks is the collection of Web resources reviewed by scientists and educators according to a rigorous set of criteria

. You can select and sort these resources according to specific benchmark areas and grade ranges at the Resource Index page.

http://thinkfinity.org/PartnerSearch.aspx?Search=True&orgn_id=7&subject=science&partner=all&resource_type=interactives&q=space&grade=6,8

Advanced Topics Industrial Technology & Model Rockets Curriculum

Websites

http://www.dars.org Dallas Rocket Club

Frisco Launches: 3rd Saturday: http://www.dars.org/Frisco.html

http://www.estesrockets.com/index.php Estes Rockets

Kids Aviation Reading List

Principles of Aeronautics Intermediate Text

http://www.rrcc.org/links.htm

Model Airplane Links

Richardson Radio Control Club  2009 Calendar Directions

The Soaring League of North Texas

Science Netlinks website from the American Academy for Advancement of Science, see http://sciencenetlinks.com/about.php

PBS Teachers Advanced Search

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