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Finding Phases of the Moon

This is a lesson on lunar phases that teaches students about planetary movements and how the relative positions of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon determine how we see the Moon. Students observe and record daily the changing shape of the Moon for two weeks. In the classroom, students then use modeling experiments to explain the various lunar phases they observed earlier. Group discussions, along with individual drawings and journal entries, encourage students to clearly describe their...     View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Revolution & Rotation, Lunar Phases

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How can we find out if aliens exist?
Discover how we might search for life on other planets then build a scale model of the solar system to get a sense of how far we might have to travel.    View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, extremeophiles, solar system

Is a career in exteme science for you?
Take a short quiz to see if a career doing science research in extreme environments might be for you.    View Details »

Key Concepts: STEM career

Is Moon dirt different than Earth dirt?
Discover the differences between Moon dirt and Earth dirt then make your own.   View Details »

Key Concepts: Moon, space, robots

Is there life in ice?
Learn about whether there is life in ice then examine what happens to some kinds of cells when they are frozen and experiment with how to make ice melt faster.    View Details »

Key Concepts: biology, astrobiology, climate

Life is All Around Us children's book
"Life is All Around Us" is a book designed to help children aged 3 through 8 understand the most basic concept of astrobiology: What it means to be alive. Through beautiful illustrations and child-centered prose, young students will...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, biology, what it means to be alive

Meet the Scientist: Joe Shaw
At the spectrUM Discovery Area in Missoula, Montana, visitors can learn about the work of Institute on Ecosystems researchers, as well as enjoy interactive exhibits, including a flight simulator and virtual floodplain.Visitors can also meet some of...   View Details »

Key Concepts: technology, environment, ecosystems, optics, laser, electrical engineering, Yellowstone Lake

Planet in a Bottle / Extreme Planet Project
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

Science of the Springs: Astrobiology in Yellowstone
"Science of the Springs" is a collection of educational materials that provide an overview of the connection between astrobiology research and Yellowstone National Park. The booklet can be used by YNP visitors as they tour sites within the...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, yellowstone, astronomy, biology, thermal biology

Star Patterns in the Sky
This is an astronomy lesson on constellations that teaches students about distinctive star formations we see in the night skies. Students create visual images and written descriptions of their own imaginary constellation. They also work in groups...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Constellations, Star Gazing

What is GPS?
Learn what GPS is then try making your own measurements with your body. If you have a GPS you can retake the measurements with it and compare them to your body measurements.    View Details »

Key Concepts: GPS, Everest, measurement