Exploring Questions and Solving Problems with Sound

In this NASA Quickbits video, learners in grades K-2 will develop a hypothesis for how sound travels. Students will experiment and change variables of different types and sizes of string and cups to determine the best method for transmitting sound on a string-cup phone. Learners will be able to explain how sound travels and demonstrate how the transmission of sound waves is affected by different materials.
Related Links: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/sound-on-a-string-educator-guide.pdf

Explorando Preguntas y Resolviendo Problemas [Video En Español]: https://youtu.be/5rEsExkjRkc


Planning an Investigation to Solve an Engineering Problem

Learn about Planning and Conducting Research where students at home or at school can learn about planning and posing research problems to answer questions or test solutions, which leads to include research that controls variables and provides evidence to support explanations or design solutions. Students will make predictions about what will happen if changes to a variable are made and create two different models of the same object to determine which one best meets the success criteria. will work on making the design of the exploration vehicle better by changing a variable, in this case, the shape of the wheels.
Related Links: https://www.nasa.gov/stem-ed-resources/otm-roving.html

Planeando una Investigación para Resolver un Problema de Ingeniería [Video En Español]: https://youtu.be/UA2fIfij_ZY


Constructing a Model to Solve a Landing Problem

NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea OR NGSS Engineering and Science Practice:  S&E Practice Developing and Using Models: A practice of both science and engineering is to use and construct models as helpful tools for representing ideas and explanations. These tools include diagrams, drawings, physical replicas, mathematical representations, analogies, and computer simulations.
Summary: NASA is going back to the Moon and we need your help! In this NASA Quickbits video, learners will develop explore the importance of developing and using models. Utilizing the engineering design process, learners will use simple materials to design and build a shock-absorbing system that will protect two “astronauts” when they land on the moon.
Related Links:  https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/418011main_OTM_Touchdown.pdf

Construyendo un Modelo para Resolver un Problema de Aterrizaje, [Video En Español]:https://youtu.be/rKkHV3vsffg


Shape Your Flight

NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea OR NGSS Engineering and Science Practice: How important is the geometry of the wings when we design airplanes? How can we calculate the accuracy of a flight with the Pythagorean Theorem?
This Quick-bits will focus on how obtaining, evaluating and communicating information can be done by using tables, graphs, diagrams, models and equations. The focus of the activity is to construct and fly a small paper X-Plane, the X-59.
Related Links: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/321takeoff-complex_20190403_508.pdf

Formando Tu Vuelo, [Video En Español]:https://youtu.be/CpOjjvriMGM


Core

NGSS: Apply scientific ideas or principles to design, construct, and test a design of an object, tool, process or system. (MS-PS3-3)
To find water, interesting minerals, or even life, you have to dig into a planet, moon, or asteroid. When NASA can’t send a person to collect samples, they send spacecraft with tools that can take samples.  In this NASA Quick-Bits video, we challenge you design and build a tool that can take a core sample from a potato.
Activity Featured: Down to the Core
Related Links: https://pbskids.org/designsquad/pdf/parentseducators/DSN_NASA_MissionSolarSystem_DowntotheCore.pdf

Núcleo, [Video En Español]: https://youtu.be/q3HuQyD2Ad0