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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Subject: Native Americans BAE transfer

#nmahphc

This is a collection from the Photographic History Collection of portraits of Native Americans. These photographic objects were transferred in 1932 from the Bureau of American Ethnology (now part of the Anthropological Archive) to what is now the Photographic History Collection. They were among the first photographs collected for the Smithsonian Institution. 

For additional images, search collections.si.edu

Keywords: Smithsonian history, indigenous peoples, First Nation Peoples, portraiture, cased images, ambrotype, daguerreotype, tintype, Thomas M. Easterly, John H. Fitzgibbon, peace medal

NMAH Photographic History Collection
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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
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Astronauts and the ISS - Joe Acaba

This collection investigates the path to become an astronaut with NASA. In the accompanying video, astronaut Joe Acaba tells us about his path from starry-eyed young boy, to classroom teacher, to spacebound astronaut. He discusses what inspired him to pursue this career, and imagines what the future might still have in store for him. Students will consider what might motivate them to participate in spaceflight, and what practical steps they would need to take to achieve that goal.

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

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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Mission Patches

This Smithsonian Science Starter Collection investigates the history of the mission patches worn by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS), and previous NASA missions. In the accompanying video, astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik explains that each crew designs its own mission patch to reflect the personality of the crew and the nations they represent. The mission patches also contain visual elements related to the mission itself.

In this collection, students will gain an understanding of what mission patches are and how they are created. Students will employ teamwork to create and share their own mission patches.

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

National Core Arts Standards - Visual Arts 

  • VA:Cr1.2.4a: Collaboratively set goals and create artwork that is meaningful and has purpose to the makers.
  • VA:Cn10.1.2a: Create works of art about events in home, school, or community life.
  • VA:Cn10.1.4a: Create works of art that reflect community cultural traditions. 


National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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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
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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
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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
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A Cool Lesson on Thermal Expansion

This Smithsonian Science Starter Collection investigates the expansion and contraction of metal due to changes in temperature.

Keywords: #airandspace, NASM, National Air and Space Museum, thermal expansion, space walk, Breznik, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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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
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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
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Astronauts and the ISS - Paolo Nespoli

This Smithsonian Science Starter collection investigates the history of the International Space Station (ISS), and the lives of the people who have worked on it. How did the ISS come to be? Who are the astronauts who have been chosen to live and work there in microgravity for months at a time?

In the accompanying video, astronaut Paolo Nespoli talks about some of the difficulties of living aboard the ISS. He also discusses some similarities and differences between the United States’ space shuttles and the Russian Soyuz space vehicles, and what keeps astronauts busy during their time on the station. 

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

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
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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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Subject: Backyards

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This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection related to backyards.

The definition of backyard is broad defined for this Learning Lab collection, because backyards have not always been clearly defined in the familiar, suburban sense of the word. The scope of images include photographs that could be side yards, perhaps fields behind a house, or other such spaces away from the front and most public side of a house.

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords (subject): yard, backyard, side yard, barn yard, fence, railing, clothes line, leisure activity, sports and games, baseball, music, playing, snow, garden, casual, horsing around, goofing off, being silly, hugs, friends, family, patio, well, trough, animals, pets, military uniform, horseshoes, gate

Keywords (photography): gelatin silver print, real photo postcard, fine art photography, documentary photography, snapshots, portraiture, glass plate negative, Janet Fries, Walter J. Hussey

NMAH Photographic History Collection
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Subject: Buses and Bus stops

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This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection that relates to bus and bus stops.

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords (subject): bus, bus stop, interior, exterior, destination indicator, transportation, buses designed to live in, hippie buses, public transportation, segregation, waiting for a bus, rider, Greyhound, city bus, Ken Kesey Further, country music, music industry, bands, music park, Atlanta, San Francisco, American Southwest, New Mexico

Keywords (photography): Mark James Powers, Lisa Law, Roy Zalesky, Henry Horenstein, color photography, gelatin silver print, photojournalism, fine art photography, documentary photography, reportage

NMAH Photographic History Collection
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Visualizing Democracy

This Learning Lab complements the National Portrait Gallery's student program, Visualizing Democracy. 

Students will visualize democracy from the colonial era to the 21st century by analyzing portraits of major figures who played a critical role—as government officials, engaged citizens, or both—in creating a democratic society for the United States. Students will investigate how portraiture can convey democratic ideals and how, as a cultural institution housed in a historic building, the National Portrait Gallery has been and continues to be relevant to American democracy.

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Nicole Vance
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Photographer: Powers, Mark James

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This is a collection of photography from the Photographic History Collection by Mark James Powers.

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords: self-portrait, bathroom, street photography, color photography, store windows, gelatin silver print, humor, women, The Who, rock and roll, theater marque, hot dog vendor, protest, politics, Wallace campaign, Nixon impeachment, politics, bus, transvestite, strippers

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