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Doomsday Asteroid, The
In "Crater Analysis," students investigate crater force, size, and mass of objects that strike a surface through a simulation of crater impacts. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
In "Plotting the Spots," students study past sunspot cycles for trends and use data to construct and evaluate graphs of the current cycle. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Hunt for Alien Worlds
In "Black Box Mystery," students make inferences about an object hidden inside a sealed box. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Mammoths of the Ice Age
In "Surviving on Planet Niwrad," students consider the challenges they might face on a new planet, ways they might need to adapt, and what technology they might need to design for survival. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Monster of the Milky Way
In "Dense, Denser, Densest?" students use a balloon and aluminum foil ball model to explore changes in density vs. volume as a massive star evolves into a black hole. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Origins: Back to the Beginning
In "Elemental Puzzler," students learn about the elements and their roles in the universe. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Origins: Earth is Born
In "The Hunt for Micrometeorites," students collect and identify micrometeorites from space. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Origins: Where are the Aliens?
In "Mission: The Search for Life," students learn how planetary spectra can be used to search for life on other worlds and analyze a mystery planet ís spectrum for potential signs of life. Grades 9-12.

Real Jurassic Park, The
In "Interplanetary Colonization Corporation," students consider the ethics of applying revolutionary scientific technologies. Grades 6-8.

Rescue Mission in Space
In "Astronomical Timeline," students review some of the milestones in astronomy since 2000 B.C., including the development of reflecting and refracting telescope technologies. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Runaway Universe
In "What's In the Box?," students conduct tests to discover the nature of objects that are not directly measurable. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Science Odyssey, A: Mysteries of the Universe
In "Universal Proportions," create scale models of Earth, the Moon, and distances in space to develop a sense of the relative sizes and of the immense distances within the universe. Grades 3-5, 6-8.

Secret of the Wild Child
In "Other Options," students explore the concept that many issues have multiple perspectives by creating several explanations for UFO sightings. Grades 6-8.

Space Shuttle Disaster
In "U.S. Space Exploration Time Line" research the progression of U.S. manned space exploration and learn the causes of the Challenger and Columbia shuttle accidents. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

Welcome to Mars
In "Who Works with the Rovers?" students learn more about some of the scientists and engineers involved with the Mars Rover mission and find out how to begin identifying and exploring career interests. Grades 6-8, 9-12.

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