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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Found in: science, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics provides standards-based K-12 activities and lessons in solar, atmospheric, planetary and space sciences. Activities and lessons include printables of scope & sequence and standards.

  • Climate Change Compendium has activities for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In The Greenhouse Experiment and Puzzle ( PDF, 463 KB, 13 pg.), students in grades 3-5 create imaginary towns and analyze greenhouse gas emissions, use plastic bottles to measure temperature changes, and demonstrate their understanding of the greenhouse effect by completing a diagram.
  • Project Spectra! features Building a Fancy Spectrograph ( PDF, 401 KB, 14 pg.) and Using a Fancy Spectrograph ( PDF 3.7 MB, 10 pg.) in which middle school students use simple materials and holographic diffraction gratings to build spectrographs and then use them to analyze the composition of light sources. Project Spectra! also provides teacher packets, student handouts, and other materials like Flash interactive.
  • Interactive Lessons gathers the interactives from the other sections of the website. High school students investigate the required conditions for a planet to have liquid water with the Planet Designer Kelvin Climb (downloads for Mac and PC are available for those without Flash).
  • Space Science Teachers Summit (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics) is a week-long professional development program for middle and high school teachers. 



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