Explore the Moon With Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

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.

For example, in Moon Munchies (elementary), students conduct a series of engineering design activities to plan and build a lunar plant growth chamber; in Lunar Nautics (middle level), students the assume roles of workers at Lunar Nautics Space Systems, Inc.—a fictional aerospace company specializing in mission management, lunar habitat and exploration design, and scientific research—and are challenged to design, test, analyze, and manage a space mission from initial concept to project funding; and in Planetary Geology (middle to college levels), student conduct activities to learn about geologic processes, impact cratering, planetary atmosphere, planetary surfaces, and geologic mapping.

A Moment of Science

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!

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Chemistry: Investigating Your World

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.

Full Link: https://acswebcontent.acs.org/iyckit/myok.html