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Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms.

Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms

Magnetic Sun-Earth Connection Lesson Plans, 6-8

Mapping Magnetic Influence- Middle
This is a complete teachers guide on magnetism. It is designed for students to explore magnets and to develop an operational definition of a magnetic "field" and an operational definition for magnetic "pole."
Wired For Space- NASA Connect
This NASA Connect Video:
  • Explores how algebra and arrays are used in NASA's activities.
  • Explains voltage, current, amp, and resistance.
  • Explains how NASA is using electricity and magnetism to propell spacecraft into orbit.
  • Explains acceleration, mass, and force in an algebraic equation.
  • Involves students in an online activity that investigates a physics module on electricity and magnetism. The activity studies static charge, moving charge, voltage, resistance, and current.
  • Involves students in an activity called Make It Go which simulates NASA.
Exploring Magnetism- Grades 7-9
Students will act as scientists discovering magnetic fields and electromagnetism through inquiry and measurement. Included at the beginning of each session is a summary of the session, a list of national education standards that the session covers, and a list of materials required for the session. Each session is broken into several activities, with each activity outlined for the teacher. In the Background Material section, you can find science background for the lessons. A glossary can be found after the background section. At the end we recommend different resources to help you teach and learn more about magnetism.


Making a Sun Clock
Let the Exploratorium show you how to build a working Sun Clock.
Solar Flip Book
This flip book series has been brought to you in celebration of Sun-Earth Day. They were developed in partnership with Dr. Janet Kozyra at the University of Michigan, Space Physics Research Lab. Join in the fun!
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
The Galileo Project is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). Our aim is to provide hypertextual information about Galileo and the science of his time to viewers of all ages and levels of expertise.
Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge Activities
These activities are designed to help you make connections between events in your life and the seasons of the year. One major connection relates the concept of the seasons to past observations.
Astronomy of the Americas: Volume 11 Planetarium Activities for Student Success (PASS)
There are hundreds of Native American cultures, each with distinctive views of the heavens. In this program, students visit five cultures: the Hupa people of Northern California, Medicine Wheel in Northern Wyoming, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the Mayan people and the Incan people.
Space Math@NASA
The goal of these problems is to teach students about astronomy and space science by using mathematics and real-world problems.



A sunspot can have a magnetic field with a strength up to 10,000 Gauss, but they live very short lives!