Grades 3-5

Gathering Light

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Gathering Light

While refracting and reflecting telescopes use different means of collecting light, the same principle applies to both—the bigger the aperture, the more light collected.

Building a Simple Refracting Telescope

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Building a Simple Refracting Telescope

What could Galileo see when he looked through his telescope? Build a refracting telescope with lenses similar to the ones he used, and see the answer for yourself.

Pixel This!

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Pixel This!

No doubt you've received—or even sent—a digital image. But do you know how these pixel-based photographs work? You will after you decode one yourself.

Becoming a Cultural Researcher

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Becoming a Cultural Researcher

What would an anthropologist make of your toothbrush, your school locker, or a Halloween jack-o-lantern? Examine the material culture and artifacts of your life.

Analyzing Images of Culture

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Analyzing Images of Culture

A picture is worth a thousand words, but whose words are they? Zoom in on how the opinions and biases of photographers can color the images they take.

Multiple Cultures, Multiple Identities

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Multiple Cultures, Multiple Identities

What defines you: your ethnic background, the region you live in, your age, or your gender? Correct answer: All of the above. Assemble the pieces of your identity in a cultural chest. 

When Cultures Travel

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When Cultures Travel

When people move, they take along more than their personal possessions. They also transport their culture. How have your family and your neighbors influenced the community you live in?

Looking at Our Own Cultural Artifacts

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Looking at Our Own Cultural Artifacts

When you think of your family's traditions and beliefs, what special objects come to mind? Would the meaning and value of these objects be clear to someone from another family or culture?

The 3-D Universe

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The 3-D Universe

A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless for finding your way around in outer space. Take a 3-D look at mapping our solar system and universe.

3-D Model of the Big Dipper

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3-D Model of the Big Dipper

In outer space, you might not recognize the Big Dipper. The stars that form this constellation exist in 3-D not 2-D—so the star pattern changes with your viewpoint. Take another look at the Big Dipper.

Understanding Geologic Time

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Understanding Geologic Time

How long have humans been on Earth compared to the length of time dinosaurs roamed the planet? Gain a new understanding of time by mapping out Earth's history.

Space Games

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Space Games

Here on Earth, we tend to take gravity for granted. Yet the astronauts aboard the Space Station need to learn how to do everything without it. Can you imagine shooting hoops in a "weightless" world?

Carbon Dioxide Removal

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Carbon Dioxide Removal

Students in grades 3-8 can observe and learn about the carbon cycle in this experiment.

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