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A Case of the Wobbles: Finding Extra-Solar Planets
Topic: Discovering New Worlds
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Astrophysics (Beyond Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students plot and analyze NASA data to determine the period of an invisible planet orbiting a wobbling star.

Active Accretion
Topic: Formation of the Solar System
Body: Our Solar System, Asteroids, Meteors & Meteorites
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets)

Short Description: Students act as dust grains that come together to model early planet formation by the process of accretion in our solar system.

Air Quality at Earth Observatory
Topic: Windy Worlds: Gas Giants, Atmospheres and Weather
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth
Mission: Earth Science (Earth)

Short Description: These citizen science activities could be used in a high school classroom to gather and submit data on local air quality, and to analyze satellite data.

All About Ice
Topic: Ice in the Solar System
Grade Level: K-4
Body: Our Solar System, Earth

Short Description: In this suite of activities, students investigate ice, learn about its properties and explore how it can change states to a liquid or a gas. Through hands-on experiences, they observe ice, find its melting and freezing point, and learn about some of its unique properties, including that ice, the solid phase of water, is less dense than the liquid!

An Ocean Below Enceladus' Icy Crust
Topic: Water in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn)

Short Description: This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.

AstroVenture: Search for and Design a Habitable Planet
Topic: Windy Worlds: Gas Giants, Atmospheres and Weather
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Jupiter, Saturn
Mission: Cassini (Saturn), Galileo (Jupiter), Juno (Jupiter)

Short Description: Students role-play NASA occupations, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation. Atmospheric science is one of several modules, and includes nine lessons.

Auroral Magnetism from the Ground (Activity 7)
Topic: Magnetospheres: Planetary Shields
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Earth
Mission: Earth Science (Earth)

Short Description: Students analyze graphs to determine the range of magnetic changes at Canadian observatories.

Best of the Solar System
Topic: Investigating Our Planetary Family Tree
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Our Solar System, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Asteroids, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Dwarf Planets, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Earth's Moon, Europa, Pluto
Mission: Cassini (Saturn), Dawn (Dwarf Planets), Galileo (Jupiter), Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

Short Description: This activity introduces students to planetary research. Using some of the most famous and interesting images of the solar system, students learn to focus on details by studying uncaptioned images. Next students increase their knowledge of the planets and their features by comparing their observations to those of real researchers. Students organize their findings to infer a key difference between inner and outer planets.

Build a Solar System
Topic: Scale of Our Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Our Solar System
Mission: IBEX (Our Solar System), Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

Short Description: This resource from the Exploratorium allows teachers and students to select a size for an object to represent the sun and all other sizes and distances in the solar system and distances to other interesting stars are calculated. The resource can be very good for a differentiated classroom to reduce the math requirement.

Cake Batter Lava
Topic: Volcanism in the Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Venus, Earth, Mars
Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (Mars), Mars Recon Orbiter (Mars), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: Students use cake batter to understand how different lavas flow and the structures that are created.

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