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Space Race
Online exhibit of the history of the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Guest Observer Portal
Web site where students can chose an object they would like to see in space and have a picture of that object, taken by the Micro Observatory network of telescopes, sent to them via email.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): General audience
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What’s Tops at the Udvar-Hazy Center?
With this self-guided tour of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center (Reston, VA), children are encouraged to vote for their favorite aircraft and spacecraft. Includes a gallery map.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Exploring the Planets
School group tour examining the relationship of Earth to the other planets in our solar system. For grades 3-8.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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GPS: A New Constellation
Online exhibition exploring Global Positioning System (GPS) aerospace technology, which uses satellites and ground equipment to determine position anywhere on Earth.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Apollo to the Moon
Online exhibition detailing the U.S.-Soviet space race, including the formation of NASA, the lunar missions, the moon landing, and more.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Educational Videoconferencing
Programs, National Air and Space Museum information and registration for museum-school videoconferencing programs that complement science, social studies and history curricula. Advance registration is required.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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African Americans in Air and Space History
Guided tour exploring the achievements of pioneering African American pilots and astronauts.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom, “The Universe: An Introduction”
Lesson plan in which the class works together to arrange pictures from space according to the students’ best ideas of size, distance, and age. This active introduction to the cosmos can be a pre-assessment for a unit on space science. In a follow-up modeling exercise, relationships in space are brought down to a scale of two inches.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Exploring the Planets
Online exhibition highlighting the history and achievements of planetary explorations, both Earth-based and by spacecraft. Includes links to further information on the subject.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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How Things Fly
Online activities that introduce the physical laws that keep aircraft in the air and spacecraft in orbit. Students can design an aerodynamically sound craft on the screen and then learn how to make a real flying machine--a good paper airplane.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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How Things Fly Teaching Poster
Teaching poster that includes classroom and gallery activities designed to prepare students for a visit to How Things Fly, an interactive exhibition on the physics of flight.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Idealabs: Sizing up the Universe
Online interactive that brings the universe down to size. Students consider questions like: If the Earth is the size of a Brussels sprout, how big is the Sun? If the solar system is the size of a fried egg, how big is our galaxy? They guess relative sizes and then do the math to check their guesses.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): All grades
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: How Things Fly
Lesson plan introduces students to the four elements of flight – drag, lift, thrust, and weight – through fun-filled experiments. Students "fly" for short periods and then evaluate factors that might either increase or decrease their "flight" duration.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Chandra X-ray Observatory Photo Album
Collection of images observed in X-ray light by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Includes black holes, active galaxies, supernovas, neutron stars, etc.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Embracing the Impossible
Teaching poster and lesson plan guiding students to analyze primary documents that relate to popular responses to the airplane in the early 1900s.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Measurement via Triangulation
Lesson plan that uses triangulation techniques to determine measurements, including the altitudes of objects. Includes printable protractor and suggested alternative or expansion lessons. Intended to accompany a discussion of the 2004 Transit of Venus.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Forces of Flight Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center introducing students to the four basic principles of flight – weight, lift, thrust, and drag. Includes hands-on activities.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Apollo 11: Walking on the Moon
Downloadable PDF activity sheet devoted to the 1969 moon landing. Includes a space-based word game.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Explore the Space Hangar
Downloadable PDF self-guided tour of James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Includes many educational activities for students.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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African Americans in Aviation: The 1940’s – A Decade of Change
Teaching poster challenging students to analyze primary documents related to the struggles of African Americans to gain equal opportunity in the field of aviation.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Exploring Space
Guided tour covering the history of human space exploration. Features such spacecraft as the Apollo Command Module and the Skylab Orbital Workshop.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Reflections on Earth: Biodiversity and Remote Sensing Teacher Guide
Teacher’s guide featuring lessons for interpreting satellite images and field studies. Instructs students on how to monitor forest diversity on a local, regional, and global scale.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Transit of Venus Vocabulary
Online activity to help students learn the meaning and spelling of various terms associated with the Transit of Venus.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Universe! An Educational Forum Exploring The Horizons of Space, Time, and Matter
Website that fosters partnerships for teaching and learning about the structure and evolution of the universe. Includes information on our solar system, the big bang, black holes, dark energy, and current NASA missions. Teacher resource section with activities, images, educational research, and teaching/learning guidelines.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Aerobatic Champions
Online exhibition giving detailed information on two famous aerobatic aircraft, the Pitts Special “Little Stinker” and the Loudenslager Laser 200.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Embracing the Impossible: Popular Response to the Aerial Age Teaching Poster
Students review primary source materials to understand how people felt about the new technology of flying in the early 1900s. They then choose an invention today and document its popular responses.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Exploring the Planets
Teaching poster featuring classroom and gallery activities about spacecraft and tools for studying our solar system.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Highlights Tour
Guided tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center telling the history of human flight through the technology, historical events, and heroic stories associated with aircraft on display at the Center.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Milestones of Flight Teaching Poster
Teaching poster introducing students to seven of the most historic aircraft and spacecraft in the National Air and Space Museum’s collections, asking them to consider technological and social implications.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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