High School Activities

Astronomy activities for high school

Schools / July 11, 2016

By CSE@SSL The Exploring Magnetism unit contains sequential lessons on magnetism that inspire students to learn how electricity and magnetism are connected and to apply their knowledge. The goal is for students to develop a deeper understanding of electromagnetism through inquiry and hands-on activities. The first two sessions form the basic lessons called Exploring Magnetism and the third session, named Exploring Magnetism in the Solar Wind, explores magnetism in the Solar Wind being studied by the STEREO-IMPACT mission. NOTE: Session 3 is not currently available in electronic form. [CSE]

by Kevin Cuff. For middle school students. Learn about the likelihood and hazards of quakes; create strategies to minimize loss of life and damage to local infrastructure. [LHS]

by Priscilla Strain, Maureen Kerr, and Vicky Portway. For middle and high school students. Discover the wonders of the solar system through an extensive image collection in self guided exhibits on planets, comets, and NASA satellite missions. [CEPS/NASM]

by Alan Gould. For middle and high school students. Make a horizon planetarium to find the locations of planets in the sky. High School students can use position data to make a sky map. [LHS]

by Regan Lum. For high school students. Learn skills of doing Internet research and then organize and present information on one of several science satellite missions. [Exploratorium]

by Jim Meunier and Jim Lehman. For middle school students. This multi-part module uses the Sun as a first example to illustrate how astronomers measure temperature using a star's spectrum. [SMV]

by Neil Fetter. For middle school students. Meet four different astronomy satellites and do hands-on activities illustrating different spectral wavelengths. [Exploratorium]

by Patty Coe and Michael Merrick. For middle school students. Use the Internet to research earthquakes and volcanoes and plot locations to determine continental plate boundaries. [CSE]

by CSE@SSL. Students will "discover" the solar cycle through an investigation of solar x-ray flares. Using GOES x-ray data, they will record the total number of flares in their birth month over 11 years and will compute the percentage of high class flares which occur for each year. Students will graph their findings to help them identify the long term pattern of flare activity on the Sun.

Source: cse.ssl.berkeley.edu