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Pickin' Up Rice

In this Smithsonian Science Starter students will focus on how friction allows for students to be able to pick up a bottle with a chopstick. By the completion of the lesson, students will have a greater understanding of how friction works.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Balancing Your Way Through Numbers

In this Smithsonian Science Starter students will focus on how to make equations and why they must balance. By the completion of this lesson, students will have a better understanding of how balance plays a key role in equations. 

Key Words: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Becoming a Gardening Ninja

In this Smithsonian Science Starter students will focus on how gravity affects how a plant grows. At the completion of the lesson, students will be able to determine gravity’s effect on plant growth and how changing the positioning of the plant can influence its direction of growth.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
8
 

Find Yourself in Hot Water

In this Smithsonian Science Starter students will focus on how air pressure affects the temperature at which water boils.  At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to understand how air pressure and elevation can change the temperature at which water boils. 

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Marshmallow Bunnies Are Exploding With Fun!

In this Smithsonian Science Starter students will focus on how the removal of air effects marshmallow bunnies and other objects. At the completion of this lesson, students will understand what it is like to be in space without a suit and what a lack of air will do to your body.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, peep, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
8
 

An Egg-cellent Return to Earth

This Smithsonian Science Starter investigates why and how spacecraft must dissipate energy when landing back on Earth, or on Mars, or anywhere else for that matter. This lesson includes a simulated spacecraft lander design challenge to create a lander that protects a raw egg “crewmember” during a landing.

Keyword: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

The Science of Light and Photography

This Smithsonian Science Starter collection explores some of the ways in which light can be manipulated to create images. Students will manipulate light by building pinhole cameras, and by investigating the effects that lenses and prisms have on light.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Modeling a Solar Eclipse

This Smithsonian Science Starter investigates the alignment of the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun during a solar eclipse, and has students model that alignment with classroom materials.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, Boeing

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Using Waves to Communicate

This Smithsonian Science Starter collection investigates the difference between longitudinal waves and transverse waves, and how they are able to transmit energy from one location to another. Students will explore ways to deal with line of sight obstructions and consider the impact of such methods with regard to interplanetary communication.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, radio waves

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
8
 

How to Launch a Rocket

Learn About Rocket Launches Using Balloons - Smithsonian Science Starter

Students will investigate how rocketry works, and the role of Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion in explaining rocket motion.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Spot the Station

This collection investigates the geometry of the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) and its motion relative to Earth.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, orbital motion

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Spacesuit Taternauts

This Smithsonian Science Starter investigates how the layers of a spacesuit protect astronauts when they are outside of the International Space Station. This lesson includes a simulated spacesuit design challenge to create a suit that protects from micrometeoroids.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), orbital debris, micrometeoroid, kinetic energy

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

Puffy Head, Chicken Legs

The Pufffy Head, Chicken Legs Smithsonian Science Starter Collection 

Students will investigate the effects of gravity on the human body. 

Students will make direct observations on their bodies in upright and prone positions, and consider the long-term effects.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
6
 

DNA Extraction

In this Smithsonian Science Starter collection students will be able to see what DNA looks like at the macroscopic and microscopic scale. Students will learn the simple tools and method for extracting DNA from plant cells, and why each step is performed. Students will learn why scientist extract DNA from cells.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Bone Density Loss

This Smithsonian Science Starter Collection investigates the effects of gravity on the human body. Students will use dry corn puff cereal to model the effects of bone mass loss (osteoporosis) when sustaining injury. Students will be able to explain why healthy bones are important, and the unique difficulties in keeping bones healthy for those who travel to space.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Easy PZ: The 3 Ys (Theme: Environmental Issues)

Each Easy PZ collection includes an artwork or museum object and a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use it to develop students' skills with a Harvard Project Zero thinking routine. Supplementary resources provide context relevant to understanding the featured artwork or object.

This collection models the routine "The 3 Ys" with a museum resource from the National Portrait Gallery to encourage learners to discern the significance of a topic in global, local, and personal contexts.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Easy PZ: The 3 Ys (Theme: Human Evolution)

Each Easy PZ collection includes an artwork or museum object and a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use it to develop students' skills with a Harvard Project Zero thinking routine. Supplementary resources provide context relevant to understanding the featured artwork or object.

This collection models the routine "The 3 Ys" with a museum resource from the National Portrait Gallery to encourage learners to discern the significance of a topic in global, local, and personal contexts.

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Introduction of COVID 19

COVID 19 is shorten by coronavirus disease in 2019 and first found in Wuhan, China. Due to the modern rapid transportation, the inflection has spread to many of the counties and being a huge pandemic to all the human-beings. 

Xingyu Liu
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UNC BIOL101L Mollusc Collection

Collection of mollusc images/specimens (specifically chiton, snails, clams, and squid) for the adaptation and variation lab.
Audrey Kelly
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Math: Unstacked

UNSTACKED is a wonderful way to spark inquiry, analysis, and discussion. By visually exploring our images, you can bring the Smithsonian Libraries' collections into your classroom. Use UNSTACKED as a morning exercise, a way to introduce a new topic, or to discover your students' interests. Picture your world, dive into the stacks! 

The research and creation of this project was funded by the Gates Foundation Youth Access Grant.

Smithsonian Libraries
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Exhibition Spotlight: After Icebergs

In the summer of 1859, Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900)—the most celebrated American landscape painter of his time—journeyed to Newfoundland and Labrador, in the far Northeast of Canada, to study and sketch icebergs. More than one hundred and fifty years later, Church's studies remain poignant and relevant. In this collection, explore Church's studies, featured in exhibition After Icebergs at Cooper Hewitt. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Sink Float

OBJECTIVES:

  • Experiment with objects to see if they sink or float
  • Learn that boats float
  • Discuss how sometimes boats sink and learn the word shipwreck 
  • Look closely at the 3D model of the Philadelphia Gunboat (a boat which sunk and was then later brought to the surface and into the Natural History Museum)
  • Make ships out of aluminum foil and experiment to see how many pennies can go on the boat before it sinks
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Hot Air Balloons

OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore the differences between the positions up and down
  • Imagine what it would look like to float high in the sky
  • Identify the parts of a hot air balloon—basket and envelope 
  • Experiment with hot air balloon design
  • Be inspired to create own fabric design
  • Discover that the flame heats the air causing the balloon to float up

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center
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Tuia te here tangata waka | Binding the ties of humanity canoe

This collection is built around a waka Māori currently on display in the National Museum of Natural History.
waka is a traditional canoe. It is designed as a portal to Te Ao Māori - The indigenous worldview  Māori are the native people of New Zealand. Its traditional name is Aotearoa meaning Land of the long white cloud.

This waka was made from a single 100-year old Tōtara tree. Tōtara is a large native New Zealand hardwood that grows throughout the North and South Island. It is light weighted and high natural oil content which prevents rotting or deterioration. Waka are extensions of Māori tribal history and are the traditional technology responsible for mobilising navigators across the Pacific Ocean. The infamous explorer Kupe, discovered New Zealand in 925 AD.

The name of the waka is Tuia te here tangata meaning Binding the ties of humanity. It celebrates the connection established in 1840 between the US Exploring expedition and Māori. The name and physical artefact hope to inspire understanding. The collection aims to digitally illustrate the mauri or life force of the waka. We can transform our wounds into wisdom by seeking first to understand, and then to be understood.

Anahera Hare
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