The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that captures high-resolution, black-and-white images and moderate-resolution multispectral images of the lunar surface. At this website, elementary, middle, and high school educators can access age-appropriate educator’s guides to explore the Moon with students and learn about Moon-related NASA missions.
|What do bicycles, footballs, and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? These—and literally thousands of other questions about the world we live in—are answered in A Moment of Science, Indiana University’s two-minute daily audio podcast that provides the scientific story behind some of life’s most perplexing mysteries. Recent stories have investigated the origins of a cat’s kneading behavior, the idea of whether what we eat can change our DNA, and why our eyes get puffy when we cry. The engaging topics are sure to generate interest and spark discussion among middle and high school students; more likely, they’ll inspire students to submit a science question to be answered in a future episode!
Make your own chemistry activity kit, and start Investigating Your World with students! Originally developed as part of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebration, and most appropriate for use in middle level classrooms, this teacher’s guide and activity kit provide the tools to teach students about chemical reactions. Through four lessons, tied together by an “international mystery” to solve, students explore chemical reactions resulting in the production of a gas, color change, formation of a precipitate, and temperature change. The lessons build inquiry skills while exploring the meanings of the terms reactant, product, precipitate, exothermic, and endothermic and how they are used in the context of chemical reactions.
NASA and LEGO have worked together to produce an engaging online summer activity. Mission to Space takes kids on a journey through space with visits to the International Space Station, Mars and Jupiter, and gives kids a chance to make their own space creations through an online building challenge.
Full Link: http://www.nasa.gov/specials/lego/
Produced by the U.S. Forest Service, this curriculum for grades 3–8 provides teachers with the tools needed to integrate the wonder of forests into the classroom and foster environmental awareness among students. Through four standards-supported lessons, students explore several key roles of environmental stewardship. In Lesson One, students serve as environmental journalists, developing a definition of a forest, researching “urban forests,” and creating an iForest blog. In Lesson Two, students become ecologists, exploring a local forest and discovering how the different elements of the forest interrelate. In Lesson Three, students are environmental scientists, conducting experiments, mapping their urban forest and understanding its benefits, and developing ideas about conservation. By Lesson Four, students are ready to be outdoor educators, sharing their deepening understanding of the importance of and need for time spent exploring and conserving forests. The curriculum also includes a calendar of ideas to explore forests year-round and a Finding My Forest grid students and families can use to track time spent and activities conducted outdoors.
This site offers more than 500 realistically illustrated coloring pages that can be downloaded and printed for use in K–12 classrooms. Choose from categories such as amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects, animal homes, pets, biomes and habitats, anatomy, wildflowers, and trees. Use the pages as diagrams, models, or assessment tools, or just for fun.
Full Link: http://www.coloringnature.org/
This biology-themed learning game helps middle level students understand how cells function. When playing, students explore science content and practice reading comprehension as they help Sheriff Nucleus figure out what’s causing Cell City’s inefficiencies. Is it a slacking mitochondrion, an over-zealous cell membrane, or a confused ribosome? According to the game’s producer, Readorium—developer of educational software that teaches reading comprehension skills to students in grades 3–8 through scientific texts—more learning games are forthcoming.
Try this introductory bioenergy activity with your high school biology or environmental science students. Developed by Jason de Koff, assistant professor of Agronomy and Soil Science at Tennessee State University, with funding from a U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant, the lesson presents an overview of bioenergy; a labactivity in which students investigate which kind of organic material, or feedstock, yeast prefers to make ethanol, a biofuel; and a bingo game that helps students remember the many kinds of feedstocks that can be used to produce biodiesel.
Who said summer learning wasn’t fun? At Camp Wonderopolis—an online summer learning adventure for elementary and middle level students from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)—registered students have a blast and build STEM understandings and literacy skills along the way! This year’s theme, “Flex Your Wonder,” focuses on health and fitness topics, covering everything from the Olympics to nutrition and more. Students “wonder” through six learning sections at their own pace; each section has videos, activities, Maker experiments to try, and recommended readings.
Full Link: http://camp.wonderopolis.org/