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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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Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project
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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

Exploring Size - Powers of Ten Game

"Exploring Size - Powers of Ten" is a card game exploring the relative sizes of various objects. Visitors compete to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest. "Explore Science - Zoom into Nano Powers...

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
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Explore Science: Zoom into Nano kit
NanoDays kit

Flying Cars

Visitors "travel through time" with a host playing several characters: from the Future, 1900, 1945 and 1999. Visitors answer questions in a quiz about other people's predictions of future technology, and then are invited to make their own predictions.

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

Is That Robot Real? children's book and poster

What is a robot, and how small can robots be? Are there robots the size of a hand? How about the size of a strand of hair? Can a robot be as tiny as a single molecule? Learn what makes...

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

Aerogel

This cart demonstration introduces the nanomaterial aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Visitors learn how aerogel is made, how well it insulates, and learn about its other unique properties. They see real aerogel and feel how well it insulates.

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Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network

Exploring the Solar System: Story Blocks

"Exploring the Solar System: Story Blocks" is a creative, open-ended collaborative storytelling activity. The goal of this activity is to allow for conversation and play while also guiding children and caregivers to develop a strong story about science and exploration. Some...

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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 Moon

The Observe the Moon bundle includes tools, resources, and activities to help facilitators and learners observe and learn about the Moon from Earth.

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

Online Workshop: The Science Behind the 2020 Explore Science: Earth and Space Toolkit – Virtual Tour of a NASA Mission Prototyping and Testing Lab (Part 1)

How do scientists and engineers design and test components for missions to space? This online workshop covered the science behind two of the 2020 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit activities – Design, Build, Test and Mission to Space...

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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

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