Space Science

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Reach for the stars and learn some chemistry along the way!

Launch your study of space science with ideas from these links. Explore what it would take to survive on Mars, watch a game of liquid ping pong in space, see what other students have done with rockets, make your own spectrometer, and more.

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  • Experimenting with UV-Sensitive Beads
    UV-sensitive beads don’t just make neat bracelets; they also help us learn about UV radiation in space.
  • Global Experiment: Mission Starlight
    Protect astronauts from UV light in this UV-bead challenge.
  • Imagine the Universe!
    NASA isn’t just about sending stuff out into space—they want to help you learn about space too. Get started with these lesson plans.
  • Project Spectra!
    You won’t have to put on a spacesuit to explore the solar system—these activities take you there as you learn about how light helps us learn.
  • The Dark Side of the Universe
    Come… to the dark side. Of the universe, that is. This Scientific American Frontiers episode is packed with star stuff.
  • Stanford Solar Center
    Learning centers around the sun at the Solar Center, right? A long list of lessons for all ages!

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  • How to Find a Meteorite in 5 Steps
    Up there in the sky! It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a… meteorite? Learn how to track down these elusive samples from the solar system.
  • A Dusty Dilemma
    NASA even studies the dust that hits its spacecraft. What makes collecting this data tricky?
  • October Sky
    Encourage your students to reach for the stars! Use the book Rocket Boys to motivate students to launch their study of rocket science.
  • The Martian: Popular Fiction Plus Chemistry
    Gripping fiction. Gripping science. See how Andy Weir’s The Martian can find a place in the chemistry classroom.
  • Space Place: Solar System
    Play. Make. Read. This is your place to learn about space.

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(All sites accessed April 2021)