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Resources for the segment: "Radiation"
Resources for Educators

What Would You Hear in a Weather Report From Mars? -- This article on the 21st Century Explorer site explains the different types of radiation and has videos and educational resources to supplement the article.

Collecting Electromagnetic Radiation Unit -- Students can build simple telescopes; compare the power of light-gathering lenses; and use liquid crystal sheets to detect infrared radiation.

Absorption and Radiation Activities and Demonstration Video -- Spacesuits are constructed of materials with desirable thermal properties that reduce dependence on the heating and cooling system. This activity investigates the effect surface color has on heat absorption and radiation.

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Unit -- This unit calls for students to build simple spectroscopes to study visible light. Lesson plans in this unit include Simple Spectroscope; Project Visible Spectra; Cereal Box Spectroscope; Red Shift, Blue Shift; Wavelength and Energy; and Resonating Atmosphere.

Solar Radiation & Climate Experiment, or SORCE -- Education and Outreach Website -- This link provides the education and outreach opportunities related to the SOlar Radiation & Climate Experiment.

Hands-on Classroom Experiments -- This link has hands-on classroom experiments related to the sun and to the Solar Radiation & Climate Experiment.

Radiation Biology Educator Guide and Videos -- Radiation biology is an interdisciplinary science that includes biology, physics, astrophysics, planetary science and engineering. This field of study examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge educator guide links these disciplines in the context of a lunar outpost by providing background, discussion and research questions, objectives, and inquiry-based activities to introduce radiation biology to middle school students. Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge Unit -- Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The lesson plans for 6th- to 12th-graders are hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem solving and inquiry skills.

Resources for Students

NASA Space Place Kids and the Land of the Magic Windows -- Join Kate, her three best friends, and her dog, and go to The Land of the Magic Windows to learn about radiation.

What Would You Hear in a Weather Report From Mars? -- Become a 21st Century Explorer and learn what would a weather report from Mars be about.

SpaceMath@NASA -- These are cool and fun questions about radiation. See how mathematics can help you solve them!
Ultraviolet Radiation: How It Affects Life on Earth -- Learn how the energy from the sun affects life here on Earth.

Can People Go to Mars? -- Space radiation between Earth and Mars poses a hazard to astronauts. How dangerous is it out there? NASA scientists are working to find out.

Why Do We Study the Sun? -- We look at the sun rising every day. It's bright, it's big, and it warms us up. The sun appears to be the brightest object in our universe, and naturally we are curious to know more about it.

Space Weather Media Viewer -- Look at the sun and auroras in a whole different way. Find cool videos and illustrations all about the sun.