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Online Workshop: The Science Behind the Earth and Space Toolkit: The Changing Earth (Recorded)

This online presentation and discussion covered the science behind three of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit activities - Rising Seas, Investigating Clouds, and Orbiting Objects. After a brief overview of each activity and associated materials, Laura Peticolas, Ph.D., a space scientist and science educator, facilitated learning more about NASA’s contributions to discovering the primary cause of our rising seas, understanding cloud distribution and formation over time, and measuring Earth’s gravity. How NASA satellite’s orbit using Earth’s gravity was also explored.

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Online Workshop: The Science Behind the Earth and Space Toolkit: Astrobiology - Searching for Life (Recorded)

This online presentation and discussion covered the science behind three of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth and Space toolkit activities - Ice Orbs, Imagining Life, and Pocket Solar System. After a brief overview of each activity and associated materials, Katherine Kornei, Ph.D, an astrophysicist and science educator, led a discussion of astrobiology and how this exciting field of science encompasses the search for life in the universe, planets around other stars, extremophiles, and future robotic and manned missions into space.

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Exploring Size - Powers of Ten Game (NanoDays 2011, 2012, and 2014)

"Exploring Size - Powers of Ten" is a card game exploring the relative sizes of various objects. Visitors compete to organize their hand of cards into lists of objects from largest to smallest.

"Explore Science - Zoom into Nano Powers of Ten Game" (2016) version designed for groups and community outreach.

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Flying Cars

Visitors "travel through time" with a host playing several characters: from the Future, 1900, 1945 and 1999. Visitors answer questions in a quiz about other people's predictions of future technology, and then are invited to make their own predictions.

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Is That Robot Real? children's book and poster

What is a robot, and how small can robots be? Are there robots the size of a hand? How about the size of a strand of hair? Can a robot be as tiny as a single molecule? Learn what makes a robot a robot, then step down in size and find out which robots are real and which are science fiction. This children's book is available in hardcover, softcover and digital download via www.lulu.com and www.amazon.com. See Resources tab for links.

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Aerogel

This cart demonstration introduces the nanomaterial aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Visitors learn how aerogel is made, how well it insulates, and learn about its other unique properties. They see real aerogel and feel how well it insulates.

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Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects

“Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects” is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause phenomena like stellar wobble and planet formation.

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Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life

“Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life” is a hands-on activity in which visitors imagine and draw an extreme environment beyond Earth, then invent a living thing that could thrive in it. They learn that NASA scientists study extremophiles on Earth to imagine the variety of life that might exist elsewhere, and make predictions about where to look for it.

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Exploring the Universe: Ice Orbs

“Exploring the Solar System: Ice Orbs” is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate a frozen orb, trying to learn about objects hidden inside. Participants learn that planetary scientists at NASA are investigating “icy worlds” in the outer solar system, looking for evidence of liquid water and possible signs of life beneath the icy surface.

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