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2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space Digital Toolkit

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. These files contain the complete 2020 Explore Science:  Earth and Space digital toolkit, including all planning and...

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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Explore Science: Earth & Space activity and content training videos

Included here are links to each activity training and content training video for the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits, as well as a link to the entire Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit video album. Videos include both activity faciltation and...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

2019 Explore Science: Earth & Space Digital Toolkit

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. These files contain the complete 2017 Explore Science:  Earth and Space digital toolkit, including all planning and...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Digital Toolkit

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.

These files contain the complete 2018 Explore Science:  Earth and Space digital toolkit, including all planning and...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring Science Practices: Early Explorations

This activity gives caregivers and their children an opportunity to practice scientific ways of thinking that are developmentally appropriate for early learners. In this case, we’re doing so while getting a feel for some properties of water. But rather than...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Star Formation

In this activity, participants will learn how stars form from the dust and gas that exists in space clumping together. They'll model the star-formation process by adding energy (via a hairdryer) to matter floating in space (ping pong balls) to...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Solar System: Design, Build, Test activity

In "Exploring the Solar System: Design, Build, Test," participants will imagine a scientific mission to space, draw inspiration from existing spacecraft, and then design and build their own simple model spacecraft to accomplish the goals of their mission. After assembling...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Nebula Spin Art

In this activity, participants will learn about how gigantic clouds of gas and dust in space, called nebulas, are formed. They'll create their own colorful model nebula using paint and a spinner. Because of the unique quantities and locations of...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Solar System: Mission to Space board game

In this tabletop board game, players will represent a team of scientists and engineers sending a spacecraft on a mission to space. They'll meet with the surprises, setbacks, and success that accompany every scientific mission. The player who collects enough...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Solar System: Asteroid Mining

In this activity, participants will imagine the challenges and opportunities of asteroid mining. Participants will draw their own asteroid mining machines, and consider how these devices would extract, process, and return mined materials to Earth. They can also assume roles...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Engineering is Elementary after-school modules

The Engineering is Elementary after-school modules were developed as part of the Engineering is Everywhere project, an engineering curriculum for middle school-aged youth in afterschool and camp programs. Engineering Everywhere empowers youth to tackle real-world engineering problems using the engineering design...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

The Moon: NASA is Going Back and Looking Forward presentation

This presentation discusses NASA's past lunar missions, and what future plans it may have for the Moon. A pdf file with presentation notes and credits is included.

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Apollo Lunar Landing Sites video

Apollo Lunar Landing Sites v1.0: This video gives a brief overview of the six successful Apollo moon landing missions, and the lunar landing sites chosen for each.

 

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Breakfast Moon picture book

Breakfast Moon is a picture book for young readers. In a simple story, the book talks about when we can see the Moon, what it looks like, and how it changes over the course of a month. Included with a...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

NASA Exoplanet Travel Posters

These vintage-style travel posters were produced by NASA to spur the imagination about newly discovered exoplanets (planets beyond our solar system). Use the link to NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau below for free, high-res printable posters for your Earth and Space event.

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Static Electricity

This activity encourages visitors to build an electroscope—a simplified version of one of the tools scientists use to study the invisible forces on Earth and in space. Participants will learn how static electricity works, how scientists can use it...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Space Guess Quest Game

Space Guess Quest is a fun game that encourages participants to identify the many types of objects in space, from human-made spacecraft to nebulas, galaxies, stars, and worlds. Players ask yes-or-no questions about their opponents' secret object until they can...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Expanding Universe

This activity includes a hands-on model of the way the universe is expanding—and how it has been expanding since the Big Bang. As participants pull at the edges of a stretchy model universe, they see that the space between objects...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Solar System: Observe the Sun

This activity lets participants safely view the Sun and study features on its face. A solarscope projects an image of the Sun on a flat surface, where visitors can trace its outline and mark any sunspots on a sheet of...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring Earth: Temperature Mapping

This activity models the way Landsat satellites use a thermal infrared sensor to measure land surface temperatures. IR technology, like the IR thermometer in this activity, uses the infrared light emitted by an object to measure its temperature remotely (without...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring Earth: Land Cover

This activity models some of the ways natural processes, such as erosion and sediment pollution, affect Earth’s landscape. Data collected from satellites, such as the joint NASA/USGS Landsat satellites, help improve our understanding of Earth’s land cover. Orbiting Earth, these satellites...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition

Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition is an engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science for family audiences.

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition is intended for long-term display in museums across the United States, where it will engage millions...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project

Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope

Space telescopes can offer us better, clearer views of the universe (and of our own planet) than Earth-based telescopes can, but getting these large, delicate pieces of equipment into orbit is tricky. In "Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope," participants...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

Exploring the Universe: Objects in Motion

"Exploring the Universe: Objects in Motion" encourages participants to explore the complex but predictable ways objects in the universe interact with each other. Stars, planets, moons, and other objects in space orbit around each other because of gravity, and NASA...

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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit

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