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Aerosols and their impact on climate

Date Added: 4/14/2017
This activity introduces students to global dimming. They should have an understand- ing of the atmosphere, solar radiation, and global warming (greenhouse gases).     View Details »

Key Concepts: climate, aerosol

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Astronauts and Aliens: Family Star Gazing Night
Date Added: 11/19/2015
Learn more about our solar system and the stars you see at night at a family star viewing party. Gaze at the stars through a telescope, learn a few constellations, and make your own portable guide to the night sky. Discover what stars and planets...   View Details »

Key Concepts: stars, solar system, constellations, planets, astronomy calendar

Astrobiology Short Course (full curriculum)
Date Added: 11/19/2015
This interactive course is designed to give you an introduction to Astrobiology that you can work through at your own pace and return to at any time. Designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers, this course also contains relevant...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, life, DNA, evolution, solar system

Drake Equation
Date Added: 11/19/2015
Students estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way by using observations and predictions based on NASA data. Grades 6-12.   View Details »

Key Concepts: estimate, NASA, Drake equation

Planet in a Bottle / Extreme Planet Project
Date Added: 11/18/2015
In this activity, students learn the basic principles behind the Goldilocks zone, extremophiles, and astrobiology through a reading, two experiments, and a project. In part one, students conduct experiments on three simulated planets in bottles and...   View Details »

Key Concepts: planets, extremophiles, goldilocks zone, astrobiology

Buckets of Planets
Date Added: 11/18/2015
In this activity, children analyze descriptions of planets and decide which one is most likely to support life. They then search for microbial life by digging through buckets representing the planets. This can be a short demo or a longer in-depth...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, astrobiology

Yellowstone ABCs
Date Added: 11/18/2015
This three-part lesson ties together the concepts of pH, Yellowstone extremophiles, and the search for life beyond the Earth. In part one, students conduct a laboratory activity in which they test several substances to determine pH. In part 2,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: pH, Yellowstone, extremophiles, life beyond Earth, astrobiology

Extreme Yellowstone Expedition (full curriculum)
Date Added: 11/18/2015
Extreme Yellowstone Expedition (EYE) is a series of activities and lesson plans for middle schools geared to the Next Generation Science Standards and focusing on astrobiology and Yellowstone National Park. Based on an actual scientific expedition...   View Details »

Key Concepts: yellowstone national park, astrobiology, expedition

Extreme Yellowstone Expedition: Lesson 5, Investigating Hot Spring
Date Added: 11/18/2015
Students will examine a simulated Yellowstone hot spring to determine temperature values of points at varying distances from the source. They will explore how the environmental factors of pH and temperature influence the growth of organisms in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: pH, temperature, growth, hot springs

Extreme Yellowstone Expedition: Lesson 4, The Unseen World Around You
Date Added: 11/18/2015
In this lesson, students will devise and test a hypothesis about microbes by collecting samples in different environments and monitoring microbial growth. Students will monitor the samples for microbial growth, the amount of diversity, and answer...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, microbial growth

Extreme Yellowstone Expedition: Lesson 3, Microbial Mats and Aliens
Date Added: 11/10/2015
In this lesson, students will discover why scientists looking for life on other planets are so interested in microbial mats. Students will also analyze a sample core they collect from a "microbial mat" (actually a layered cupcake) while...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, microbial, mats, aliens, population, energy, flow