Mathrelated Activities
Classroom Activities  
Write the Book on Weather Metrics Introduces weather terminology. Invites students to investigate how we measure the weather and other characteristics of the atmosphere and create their own “Book of Weather Metrics.” Disciplines: Math, science, technology, art Activity: Individual creative classroom and homework assignment. 

Packing for a Looong Trip to Mars Decide what you will need to take on a 21/2 year journey to Mars. Then plan how to fit every thing into a 1cubicmeter box, using only a measuring tape, pencil and paper, and math. Disciplines: Math, space science Activity: Group (cooperation, compromise), technical drawing, discussion  
Mapping the Watery Hills and Dales Learn how the Global Positioning System satellites work. Find out how the Topex and Jason1 satellites use GPS data in making very precise topological maps of the oceans. Disciplines: Earth science, geometry, space technology Activity: Entire class, indoor, gametype demonstration  
What is stereoscopic vision and why do we need it? Disciplines: Biology, mathActivity: Pairs (in turn within large group), handson experiment, indoor  
How do astronomers remove the distortion in starlight caused by Earth's atmosphere? Disciplines: Physics, math, Earth science, astronomyActivity: Large group, kinesthetic, outdoor  
Make a Scale Model of the Solar System Drawing a scale model of the orbits of the planets and some shortperiod comets. Disciplines: Math, physics, astronomy Activity: Individual and large group, hands on, indoor and outdoor. Adaptable to grades 912.  
How do space scientists program a computer to be smart enough to make up its own mind? Disciplines: Math, language arts, visual arts Activity: Small groups (35), kinesthetic, handson, indoor  
Online Activities and Amazing Facts  
What is the Secret Code Used by the Voyager Spacecraft?
Learn the “secret code” spacecraft use to send images back from space. Introduces the “language” of computers and spacecraft. Binary and hexadecimal notation explained simply and clearly. Fun fact, with lots of great pictures of the planets.  
What Batteries Will Last into Your Old Age? Find out how long the special batteries being tried in space would last if you could use them in your Gameboy. Enter your age now, the number of hours you play each day, then hit the calculate button to find out how old you will be before you would have to put in new batteries.  
How Are Space Engineers Way Wilier Than Superheroes? Learn about the super “hearing” of the huge antennas used to receive the tiny signals from far away spacecraft. Get a sense of tiny fractions and decimals, such as 1 thousandth and 1 millionth.  
Build your own mountain of clay or PlayDoh, then make a topo map of it. Teaches how topo maps are made and how to read them. Explains how radar is used from space to make topo maps of Earth.  
See how a “skyscraper's worth” of information can be shrunk to a tiny handful without losing the important stuff. Interactive multimedia demonstration shows three different ways (algorithms) to compress data gathered by a spacecraft before sending it back to Earth.  
Launch a Rocket from a Spinning Planet Playground demonstration (using a merrygoround) of angular momentum and why rockets are launched in a certain direction and at a certain time to take advantage of Earth's rotational velocity. Includes explanation, with animated graphics.  
How Far Can a spacecraft Fly in One School Year? (Sidebar of this page). How big a ball of yarn would you need in order to reach from right here to the Deep Space 1 spacecraft 188 million kilometers from Earth? 

By entering the required coordinates of a grid to achieve a particular route (one vector at a time), players drive their little car as fast as they can to arrive in time to see the launch of a new spacecraft. Easy, medium, and hard levels to choose from. Players learn to add and subtract vectors without even knowing that is what they are doing. 