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See the Stars
Activity in which children and adults look at the night sky (either indoors at a planetarium or outside using a telescope/the naked eye) and discuss what they see. Includes printable tip sheets tailored to each type of observation. Part of the resource “Exploring the Sky.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): General audience
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Seeing the World Through Satellites’ Eyes
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at the Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. students learn about satellites through stories, demonstrations, and simple experiments. They go on to create a simulated satellite. For grades 1-4.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Sky Quest Teaching Poster
Classroom activities designed to prepare students for the National Air and Space Museum Planetarium show, Sky Quest. Explores concepts such as constellations and telescopes.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Smithsonian Annual Kite Festival
Day-long festival on the National Mall offering a hand-made kite competition, opportunities to make kites, demonstrations from kite masters, exhibits on kite history and flight, and more.
Provider: The Smithsonian Associates
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian Education Online Conference: Apollo Space Program
Online conference featuring Smithsonian experts from the National Air and Space Museum, who discuss the challenges of the Apollo Program and examine the remarkable technologies that made the moon landings possible. The program includes sessions of general interest and sessions for secondary teachers with ties to the NASA History Advanced Placement and Human Geography Advanced Placement projects. From this website, access session recordings, topic discussions, and related Smithsonian resources in the virtual exhibit hall.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): General audience
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Stories of the Wrights Flight
Lesson plan includes firsthand accounts of the Wright brothers first flights on December 17, 1903, which students compare to a secondary source, a newspaper story that appeared the next day.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Space Math @ NASA
Set of articles for young people that tell of discoveries by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Each article ends with a related math problem. Answers are included.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Space Race: An Exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum
Online exhibition describing the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union and its importance in the Cold War.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Space: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide
Short outline of the Museum’s most memorable space-related displays and artifacts, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Stamps Take Flight Kids Page
Supplement to main exhibit on Postmaster General’s collections. Includes kid-friendly description of the tools engravers use to create stamps and activity instructions on how to create an engraving.
Provider: National Postal Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Star Station One Science Demonstration
Science demonstration at the National Air and Space Museum providing information on the International Space Station.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
Online exhibition and virtual gallery tour of Star Wars history and artifacts. Includes further information regarding the power of science fiction to encourage children to pursue careers in the sciences.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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STOP for Science!
Online introduction to a NASA teaching program.The program is based on a set of posters that address such questions as "What is light?" and "Is the Earth really round?" The posters are availabe for ordering.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Taking to the Skies: The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation
Online exhibition with a brief biography of the Wright brothers and the invention of the airplane. Includes images of related objects in the Smithsonian collections and further readings.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Telescopes and Observatories
Video and activity guide taking students on a special trip to the United States Naval Observatory to learn about one of the observatory’s telescopes, the history of telescopes, and the work done at the observatory. Part of the resource, “Exploring the Sky.”
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): All grades
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Thaddeus Lowe and Civil War Ballooning
Lesson plans based on the story of balloonist Lowe and his aerial reconnaissance work for the Union. The lessons can be used to introduce historical documents and other primary sources, and to address the question "How do we know what we know about history?"
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Chemical Universe
Webpage that presents the standard periodic table and the "periodic table of the universe." A PDF version can be downloaded.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Evolving Universe
Online exhibition explores the birth, life, and death of stars and galaxies. Features high-resolution images of the universe and explains the science behind capturing the photographs.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age
Online exhibition celebrating the Wright brothers' invention of the Wright Flyer, the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention Learning Lab
Science demonstration at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center celebrating a century of flight and invention through hands-on history activities and laboratory investigations by students.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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The Wright Brothers: Classroom Activities
Website featuring activities focused on the Wright Brothers and the 1903 Wright Flyer, the first plane to succeed at controlled and sustained powered flight.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Time and Navigation
Online exhibition covering the history of navigation at sea, in the air, and in space, from Viking voyages to GPS. Includes an educators area, interviews with professional navigators, personal stories, historical timeline, and a multimedia gallery containing newsreels and film, artifacts, maps, photographs, documents, and illustrations.   
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Tour the Universe
A virtual tour of heavenly bodies.
Provider: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Two Views of the Universe
Lesson about differing assumptions on the workings of the universe. Students compare the earth-centric and helio-centric models of the universe by Aristotle and Copernicus. The consequences of each view are examined and physical models created.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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We Can Fly!
Reserve online for visits to the Learning Lab at Udvar-Hazy Center outside of Washington, D.C. In this program, students experience the steps involved in taking a commercial flight and learn the basics of how an airplane flies. Includes stories and hands-on activities. For grades K-3.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Women in Aviation and Space History
This online exhibition serves as a “gallery guide” to the history of flying women, from the pioneering days to the space age.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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World War II: National Air and Space Museum Gallery Guide
Short outline of the Museum’s most memorable displays and artifacts related to World War II and military aviation, designed to be printed by a visitor prior to an on-site visit.
Provider: National Air and Space Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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X-Ray Images 101
Introduction to the uses of x-ray astronomy and the science behind it.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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