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Grades 6-8


Discovering Vietnam's Ethnic Diversity

Did you know that Vietnam has 54 officially recognized ethnic groups, speaking more than 50 languages? Explore the country's rich diversity with a look at the many traditions that define contemporary life in Vietnam.


Discovering Vietnam's Biodiversity

Now that peace has firmly taken hold in Vietnam, scientific research is flourishing once again. Meet some of the country's diverse animal and plant life, including many rare and endangered species.



The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

What’s the universe made of? Scientists tackle this puzzle by studying the composition of the different objects contained in the universe. In this activity the object is the Sun, and the tools are the periodic table and a graph.



Tools of the Trade

How do you find a place that's been lost for more than 300 years? Take up this challenge, and learn what it took for archaeologists to locate a lost mission on a 14,000-acre island near Georgia. 



Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.



Inca Investigation

It's your turn to do archaeology! As you investigate what daily life was like in the Inca empire, you have the chance to collect Inca chronicles. Do you have what it takes to collect all six?


Hands-on Activity

If Trash Could Talk

One person's trash is another person's clue. It's amazing how much you can learn about people just by examining what they throw out. Grab a thick pair of rubber gloves, and dig in! 


Hands-on Activity

Create Your Own Time Capsule

In the future, if archaeologists were to dig up artifacts from your life, what would they find? What would these objects tell them about how you lived? Build your own time capsule, and send a tailored message to future generations.


Hands-on Activity

Map Your World

Have you ever gotten lost in a new place? Chances are you used a map to find your way. Archaeologists use maps to find their way around an excavation site—but first they have to draw them.

Beyond Our Solar System

Science Bulletin

Beyond Our Solar System: Searching for Extrasolar Planets

Astrophysicists are discovering new extrasolar planets—those outside our Solar System—almost daily. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (originally called SIRTF, or the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) and AMNH's Lyot Project Coronograph are two of the many technologies uncovering the attributes and evolution of these faraway worlds. The techniques employed by these instruments may one day help answer one of astronomy's reigning mysteries: do any extrasolar planets host life?
The feature video relates scientists' hopes for the Spitzer Space Telescope before its launch in 2003. It also gives a firsthand look into the making of the Lyot Project. The feature essays share how these two remarkable technologies are making progress in their goals to seek and understand extrasolar planets.


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