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A Different Way of Measuring
In this experiment, students measure the area of a dime using methods similar to those used by scientists to measure the size of atoms. When working with atoms, scientists sometimes have to invent new ways of doing simple things. For instance, scientists can't use a ruler to measure the size of an atom's nucleus. This activity shows how ratios can be used to calculate the area covered by an object.
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Shape of Things
How can scientists study something they can't see? In this experiment, students use indirect observations to predict the shape of a hidden object. Scientists at Jefferson Lab study atoms in a similar fashion.
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Place Value Game
The goal of the Place Value Game is to create the largest possible number from the digits the computer gives you. Unfortunately, the computer will give you each digit one at a time and you won't know what the next number will be. You are not allowed to rearrange any of the digits you have already placed, so think carefully before you lock a number in place! Good luck!
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Vocabulary Hangman Game
The computer will randomly pick a term used in science, math or social sciences. Discover the word the computer has picked by guessing which letters are in it. Each incorrect guess you make causes the atom man to decay. Solve the puzzle before the atom man completely decays!
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SpeedMath Inequalities Game
The goal of SpeedMath - Inequalities is to determine, as quickly as possible, if one expression is larger than, smaller than, or equal to another expression.
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SpeedMath Deluxe Game
The goal of SpeedMath Deluxe is to create an equation, as quickly as possible, from the four digits the computer gives you. You can use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to create your equation, but you are not allowed to rearrange the digits.
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Mystery Math Game
Before computers were common, accountants would use digital roots to quickly check their math. Today, your students can use digital roots to play a trick on their friends while working out math problems in their heads!
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Looking for a Top Quark Game
Graphing is an important tool used by scientists to interpret data. Students can practice their graphing skills while playing this game.
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The Numbers Behind Hunger: Rate of Change
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This activity looks at how the number of people affected by hunger is changing. Students will understand the dynamic nature of the problem and the challenges of reaching the Millennium Development Goal to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015. This is Acti
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The Numbers Behind Hunger: Probability
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This actions looks at probability from the perspective of reducing child mortality. This is Activity #4 of 5 in this lesson.
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The Numbers Behind Hunger: Calorie Counting
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This activity makes use of basic math skills to learn more about the energy value of food. A link to the US Dept. of Agriculture National Nutrient Database is listed here. Teachers may want to browse through the database first and determine the best way to present it to students: let
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The Numbers Behind Hunger #1
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This is Activity #1 of 5 in this lesson.
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NASA CONNECT World Space Congress 2002: The New Face of Space
The World Space Congress 2002 is the meeting of the decade for space professionals. From the discovery of distant planets to medical advancements, from geological exploration to urban planning, from water on Mars to energy sources in developing nations, you'll find it all here in NASA CONNECT World Space Congress 2002: The New Face of Space. Grades 6-8
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NASA CONNECT Wired for Space
In NASA CONNECT Wired for Space, NASA researchers develop new ways to propel a spacecraft already in orbit without the aid of fuel. Learn how electricity and magnetism are being used to replace fuel-consuming rocket propulsion systems. Grades 5-8.
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NASA CONNECT Who Added the Micro to Gravity?
In NASA CONNECT Who Added the Micro to Gravity?, students will learn about microgravity. They will be introduced to combustion science and the importance of fire safety on the International Space Station. Students will also learn how chemistry plays an important role in microgravity research. They will observe NASA engineers and scientists using measuring, ratios, and graphing to analyze data. Grades 6-8.
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NASA CONNECT Water Below the Surface of Mars
In NASA CONNECT Water Below the Surface of Mars, students learn how geometry, geometric shapes, and navigation are used to explore Mars. They also learn how NASA researchers collect, analyze, and interpret the data collected from exploration to develop theories about the existence of water and life on Mars. Grades 4-8.
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NASA CONNECT Virtual Earth: Using Concept Maps to Solve Problems
In NASA CONNECT Virtual Earth, students will be introduced to Earth system science. They will learn what a system is and how to apply the concept of systems to learn more about how the Earth functions. Students will understand the only way to really comprehend the workings of our planet is to look at the Earth as a whole system. They will also focus on Earth science applications of national priority to expand and accelerate the use of knowledge, science, and technologies resulting from the Earth
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NASA CONNECT Tools of the Aeronautics Trade
In NASA CONNECT Tools of the Aeronautics Trade, students explore the U.S. Customary and Metric systems of measurement, understand how to convert units in both systems, and are introduced to the four forces of aerodynamics: lift, weight, drag and thrust. Students also investigate the tools and techniques used by NASA aeronautical engineers and scientists to measure lift and drag. Grades 4-8.
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NASA CONNECT The Venus Transit
In NASA CONNECT Venus Transit, students will learn about the importance of using scale models to represent the size and distance of objects in the solar system and beyond. They will be introduced to the astronomical unit (AU), the baseline distance from the Earth to the Sun, which astronomers use to determine the relative distances from the Earth to other planets, stars, asteroids, and objects in space. They will also discover fascinating facts about the Venus Transit, a celestial and historical
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NASA CONNECT The Right Ratio of Rest: Proportional Reasoning
In the activity, The Right Ratio of Rest, students will collect and record data in a sleep journal about their sleeping habits for 5–7 days. They will analyze their data by using math skills to convert between fractions, decimals, and percentages and will create graphs and fraction wheels that correspond to their data. They will use proportional reasoning to determine amounts of sleep time that people need in space, given the different lengths of light-dark cycles for various planets. Grades 6
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