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Where is the Sun?
In this activity, learners verify that the Sun appears in a different location at a specific time every day of the year with one exception: on the Equinoxes.
Modeling Day and NightAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 1 of the PDF), learners make a "mini-globe" to investigate the causes of day and night on our planet.
The Geophysical Light/Dark CycleAdd to list Details
This is an activity (located on page 131 of the PDF) related to sleep and circadian rhythms as well as space travel.
Dry Ice Comet
In this activity, dry ice and other items are used to construct a demonstration model of a comet that illustrates the comet nucleus, coma, and tails.
The Four SeasonsAdd to list Details
In this lesson that includes hands-on activities and demonstrations, learners discover that it is the tilt of the Earth's axis (not its proximity to the sun) that causes the seasons.
Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space TelescopeAdd to list Details
Space telescopes can offer us better, clearer views of the universe (and of our own planet) than Earth-based telescopes can, but getting these large, delicate pieces of equipment into orbit is tricky.
Build a Solar System
In this activity, learners make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the real definition of "space." Learners use the online calculator to create an appropriate scale to use as a basis for thei
Sky Time: Kinesthetic AstronomyAdd to list Details
Through a series of simple body movements, learners gain insight into the relationship between time and astronomical motions of Earth (rotation about its axis, and orbit around the Sun), and also abou
My Solar System
In this online activity, learners build their own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet.
Morning Star and Evening StarAdd to list Details
This demonstration activity models how Venus appears from Earth.
Human-powered OrreryAdd to list Details
In this space science activity, learners work together to create a human-powered orrery to model the movements of the four inner planets.
Exploring the Solar System: Asteroid MiningAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will imagine the challenges and opportunities of asteroid mining.
Transit TracksAdd to list Details
In this space science activity, learners explore transits and the conditions when a transit may be seen.
LEGO OrreryAdd to list Details
Use this model to demonstrate the goal of NASA's Kepler Mission: to find extrasolar planets through the transit method.
Why Does the Moon Have Phases?Add to list Details
In this activity, learners use a simple 3D model to discover why the Moon has phases.
Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small MoonAdd to list Details
“Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon” is a hands-on activity that explores the concept of apparent size and allows visitors to experience this phenomena using familiar objects—a tennis bal
Cook Up a CometAdd to list Details
In this activity (on page 5 of PDF), learners use dry ice and household materials to make scientifically accurate models of comets.
Gravity LaunchAdd to list Details
In this online game, learners attempt to send a rocket ship to various targets. Learners can adjust the angle and thrust of the rocket before it is launched.
Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge ActivitiesAdd to list Details
This lesson plan provides learners with two activities to explore the connections between events in their lives and the seasons of the year.
Getting There!: Navigation and TrajectoryAdd to list Details
In this two-part activity, learners map a navigation plan to get from Earth to Mars and back. In activity one, learners represent the orbital paths of Earth through dance and dramatic movement.