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StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
The information and activities found in StarChild can be used to engage, excite, and educate students in your classrooms. Helps elementary school students learn about the sun and moon, planets, the asteroid belt, meteoroids and comets, astronauts and space suits, space travel and space probes, the Hubble space telescope, the Columbia accident, galaxies, the Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter.
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Learning space evaluation
The subject of physical learning space has in recent years become increasingly complex This reflection examines what evidence exists in this area
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Space Sciences
The latest addition to the Office of Naval Research's Science and Technology Focus site (last mentioned in March 29, 2002 Scout Report) is the Space Sciences Page. The site contains the Observing the Sky link, which has easily read information, photographs, and illustrations on earth rotation, orbit, seasons, observing stars, and more. The Navy and Satellites link describes the Navy's role in launching satellites and how that's accomplished while additional facts can be found on the Naval Resear
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Space Jell-O
This hands-on OLogy experiment uses Jell-O, fruit, nuts, and candy to demonstrate how space bends around anything that has mass. The activity begins with kid-friendly introductions to the concept of mass and Einstein's theory of bending space. The illustrated, step-by-step directions include notes about how the fruit, nuts, and candy represent stars, planets, and other objects in space. At the end, kids are encouraged to celebrate their newfound knowledge by digging into their edible space.
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Don't Be Lost in Space
Help kids learn their place in space with this rousing rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" that teaches the Long Address used by astronomers.
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Space Travel Guide
This OLogy activity offers kids a fun way to use their astronomical knowledge to create a comic-book travel guide that blends science and fiction. The activity begins by telling kids that the best science fiction writers play with scientific facts to make a story more exciting. It then challenges them to write a travel guide for their favorite destination in space that will convince their Earthling pals to visit. To help inspire and direct kids, the activity includes examples of science fiction
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CoVis: A National Science Education Collaboratory
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Author(s): Ramamurthy Mohan K.,Wilhelmson Robert B.,Pea Roy D

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Brainteaser 1
Sixty-one questions taken from the areas of 'language and reasoning', 'mathematical skills', 'space and logic', 'general knowledge'.
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Technology Enhanced Learning in Mathematics: the cross-experimentation approach adopted by the TELMA
This contribution deals with the work of TELMA, a European Research Team of the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence. In particular the "cross-experimentation" project is presented. Such project was developed by TELMA to understand the role played by theoretical frameworks in setting up experiments using Interactive Learning Environments (ILE) for mathematics. The paper focuses on the methodological dimension of this project.
Author(s): Artigue Michèle,Bottino Rosa Maria,Cerulli Michel

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Come On Over Rover
Have you ever wondered why it takes such a long period of time for NASA to build space exploration equipment? What is involved in manufacturing and building a rover for the Red Planet? During this lesson, students will discover the journey that a Mars rover embarks upon after being designed by engineers and before being prepared for launch. Students will investigate the fabrication techniques, tolerance concepts, assembly and field-testing associated with a Mars exploratory rover.
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Just Passing Through (Lesson)
This lesson helps students explore the functions of the kidney and its place in the urinary system. Students learn how engineers design instruments to help people when kidneys are not functioning properly or when environmental conditions change, such as kidney function in space.
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Muscles, Muscles Everywhere
This activity helps students learn about the three different types of muscles and how outer space affects astronauts' muscles. They will discover how important it is for astronauts to get adequate exercise both on Earth and in outer space. Also, through the design of their own microgravity exercise machine, students learn about the exercise machines that engineers design specifically for astronaut use.
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Dent De Morcles Information
This archived Universities Space Research Association Earth Science Picture of the day highlights the Dent de Morcles geologic formation. The photo shows an example of the complex processes that often take place during mountain building. For more information about the Dent de Morcles, geology of Switzerland and mountain formation, users can follow links to external pages from this Picture of the Day.
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Biodiversity Count
This exercise opens up discussion on global biodiversity loss. Students count the number of species they can find in a five-minute block of time in both an urban green space and natural, unmanaged forest area. They will begin to recognize low and high biodiversity areas and understand what affects biodiversity loss. This exercise can be completed in one normal two-hour lab session. This SERC Starting Point site includes learning goals, context for use, teaching tips, assessment, and references.
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The Simile
Similes in 30-seconds or less, this film offers a quick outline of what a simile is as well as how writers use them for effect. (0:42)
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Hundred Board Activities 2
Students use "magic" to navigate around the hundred board. This activity introduces horizontal arrows which mean move one square in the direction the arrow points and vertical arrows which mean move up or down one row in the direction the arrow points. These activities support students as they develop understanding of powerful number patterns in the hundred board: (1) moving across or back one space means adding or subtracting one from the starting number; (2) moving up or down one row means add
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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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21H.580 From the Silk Road to the Great Game: China, Russia, and Central Eurasia (MIT)
This subject examines interactions across the Eurasian continent between Russians, Chinese, Mongolian nomads, and Turkic oasis dwellers during the last millennium and a half. As empires rose and fell, religions, trade, and war flowed back and forth continuously across this vast space. Today, the fall of the Soviet Union and China's reforms have opened up new opportunities for cultural interaction.
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21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Interpreting Poetry (MIT)
This seminar offers a course of readings in lyric poetry. It aims to enhance the student's capacity to understand the nature of poetic language and the enjoyment of poetic texts by treating poems as messages to be deciphered. The seminar will briefly touch upon the history of theories of figurative language since Aristotle and it will attend to the development of those theories during the last thirty years, noting the manner in which they tended to consider figures of speech distinct from n
Author(s): Kibel, Alvin

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NASA KSNN Do you know what a glove box is?
Find out more about the use of a 'glove box' in space and practice weaving within a glove box.
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