NES Lesson Library
September 3, 2013
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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks  Finding Habitable Planets: In this activity, students will investigate light curve data gathered by Kepler from ten planets. 
912 

Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA: Students explore data for sample locations to determine the solar radiation available for use with a solar cell. 
912 

Chemical Elements: GENESIS  What Are We Made Of?: Students study the chemical elements of the sun and learn about the essential building blocks for everything that exists, including planets and the human body. 
58 

Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration  Is there Water on Mars?: Students create their own electrolysisofwater apparatus to generate oxygen. 
912 

Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work  Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units: This problem is an application of various calculus concepts including an application of related rates. 
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Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies™: Students use a computerbased air traffic control simulator to enact solutions to problems in reallife applications of mathematics and science. 
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Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work  Breath of Fresh Air: Students create their own electrolysisofwater apparatus to generate oxygen. 
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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars: Students analyze data collected from visible light, infrared, and gamma rays to investigate the composition and distribution of ices on Mars. 
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Engineering Design Challenge: Forces and Motion  The Great Boomerang Challenge: Following the design process, students design, build and test a boomerang after conducting research on airfoils and aerodynamic forces. Then they compare their flight to how a boomerang reacts in the microgravity environment on the ISS. 
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Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber: This activity combines engineering design with plant growth whereby middle school students learn about and apply the design process to develop a lunar plant growth chamber. 
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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures: The challenge is to build a model thrust structure that is as light as possible, yet strong enough to withstand the load of a "launch to orbit" three times. 
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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System: The challenge is to build a thermal protection system model that can withstand the heat of a propane torch. 
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Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration: Students propose and test filtration device designs, make observations, collect data, and analyze results to identify the best filter media to use. 
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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion  Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge: Students think and act like teams of scientists and engineers as they follow the eight steps of the engineering design process to create a helium balloon system that will float at a predetermined height in the classroom. 
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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide: Feel the Heat: Students follow the engineering design process to build a passive solar hot water heater, test the design, then use test results to improve their design. 
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Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide: On Target: Students follow the engineering design process to modify an object on a zip line; testing their performance and the results to improve their system. 
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Geometry: Space Math  Solar Storms: Students analyze images of a solar tsunami and use geometry and measurement skills to find the speed of the wave. 
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Graph Analysis: GENESIS  Exploring Data: Students observe and record data patterns from the Genesis mission, reviewing anomalies, or divergences from the predicted values and think about questions that might arise from this study. 
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Graphing With MathTrax: This free computer program helps teach students how to graph equations and datasets, or to experiment with physics simulations. 
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Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER  Cooling with Sunshades: Students construct a simple device based on the phase change of water from ice to liquid and investigate the effectiveness of different shading materials and designs. 
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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER  My Angle on Cooling: Students perform an experiment measuring the heat experienced by an object as the distance and viewing angle changes, and relate their results to the reason for the seasons on Earth. 
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HighPower Microscopes: The Virtual Lab: This handson experience brings relevance to class material to inspire the next generation of explorers. 
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Human Body: Space Adaptations: The three activities in this lesson simulate the changes to the human body when exposed to the microgravity environment of space. 
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Linear Equations: NASA Connect  Breaking Barriers: Students learn about supersonic aircraft and the concept of average speed as a linear function. 
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Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math  Space Shuttle Ascent: Space Shuttle Ascent gives students a unique opportunity to analyze authentic NASA data from a space shuttle launch. 
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Mathematical Models: Black Holes: Black Hole Math problems investigate black hole science and mathematics concepts, including parts of a simple black hole and calculating gravitational potential energy. 
912 

Meteorology: How Clouds Form: The purpose of this investigation is to facilitate understanding of the basics of cloud formation and the changing state of water. 
58 

Newton's Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics: Featured lessons are linked to exploring the moon, human presence on the moon and enabling future exploration. The lessons focus on realworld understanding of Newton's laws. 
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Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition  How Much Is Waste?: Students compare the mass and volume of packaged food before and after its repackaged for spaceflight to determine usable and waste portions. 
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Problem Solving: Transportation and Space: Reuse and Recycle: Students learn to research, analyze, develop and communicate a business plan for reusing discarded manmade resources in space. 
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Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life: Students conduct an experiment to find a range of tolerance for temperature extremes in samples of baker's yeast. 
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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars: Students research characteristics of living organisms and develop a chart to help define important features of a living organism. 
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Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math  Lunar Rover: This activity focuses on the concept of minimizing distance and time, using formulas to calculate the distance and the time for a task. 
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Quadradic Functions: Exploring Space Through Math  Weightless Wonder: Students use the parabolic flight path of an aircraft to interpret graphs of quadratic functions, determine the length of time of microgravity during one parabolic segment, and the maximum altitude of the C9 and the time when it occurs. 
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Radiation Biology: Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: This lesson demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. 
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Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space: The two activities in this lesson focus on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology. 
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Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: The module uses science and mathematics concepts to help students explore factors affecting the habitability of planets by determining their climate. 
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Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work  Lunar Surface Instrumentation: Students solve a problem involving an astronaut servicing three instruments on the flat lunar surface. 
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Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology: Students use authentic data from geostationary satellites to detect and monitor forest fires and biomass burning. 
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