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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
5
 

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
5
 

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
5
 

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
5
 

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
7
 

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
7
 

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
13
 

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
14
 

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
1
 

UNC BIOL101L Mollusc Collection

Collection of mollusc images/specimens (specifically chiton, snails, clams, and squid) for the adaptation and variation lab.
Audrey Kelly
125
 

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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whales

jen stebbing
3
 

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
33
 

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
22
 

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
48
 

Everest

#tii #NASMteachers

Carrie Akins
21
 

Strength vs Weight

This collection includes a design challenge that explores engineering concepts and the use of lightweight structures that are also strong. 

Students will explore the benefits of a lightweight, strong structure and build within parameters to meet a challenge. Strong, light structures are necessary in constructing buildings (especially in areas with extreme weather) as well as air and space craft. 

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

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
4
 

Planetary Topography

Students get an introduction to the concept of topography and how topographic data are displayed with graduated colors. Students practice visualizing and translating map-view data into side-view topographic profiles of various features. Then, with this background, students examine real topographic data from four planetary bodies in the solar system and interpret this data to answer questions about each planetary body. 

Students will:
  • Understand that topography is a 2D representation of a 3D feature, the elevation of a surface.
  • Read and analyze topography data to find what’s high and low in elevation.
  • Visualize the shape of a land form or feature based on its topography.
  • Interpret real planetary topography data to answer questions.
  • Explain how topography data is useful, both on Earth and other planets.

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, topography, maps, Mars, Venus, Earth, Moon

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

This collection explores the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how they appear on Earth and Mars.

Students will:

  • Understand the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how it creates soil.
  • Apply what they know about weathering, erosion, and deposition on Earth and apply it to landforms on Mar and draw conclusions about its past and present.
  • Present an argument for why Mars had liquid water in large quantities in its past. 

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

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
23
 

Exploring Water Drops

This collection provides resources for students to explore the properties of water drops and make connections to the water properties in nature.

Students will be able to:

  • make observations about properties of water drops
  • describe how water acts on different surfaces
  • make connections to water properties in natural settings

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, physical property, water, observation

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
5
 

Tornadoes

This collection looks at tornadoes, how they form, how they are measured, and includes a hands-on activity and a design challenge.

Students will:
  • Understand the properties of tornadoes.
  • Understand how tornadoes form a funnel-shaped mass of air.
  • Understand that engineers design and build structures to withstand tornado damage.

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, natural disaster, planning, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
15
 

The Body in Space

Examining Evidence: What happens to the body in space? Students will analyze data about what has happened to astronauts’ bodies during their time in micro-gravity and their return to Earth. These changes are categorized into four sets: Staying Strong, Getting Oriented, Sleeping, and Fluid Shift. 

NASA is preparing to send humans to explore Mars. But if we want to go to another planet to do science, first we have to learn how to avoid the health problems that sometimes affect humans in space.
In this lesson, students will:
  • Investigate evidence about how an astronaut's body changed in space
  • Identify the health-related challenges that astronauts face away from our planet
  • Examine objects that astronauts have used in space to learn about the health issues and to stay healthy
  • Design technology to help lessen the effects of one of the health problems.

Keyword: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, life science, orientation, living and working in space

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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ISS Images and Land forms

This collection presents several images taken from the International Space Station and challenges students to identify the land forms and their locations on Earth.  

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, earth science, ISS

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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