Science | Grades 4-8 | Week of March 23

Programming Highlights

This week we learn about the solar System and weather by examining “The Planets: Jupiter,” including the massive planet’s powerful gravitational force and its role in helping shape life on our little blue marvel.

Related Content

Discovering the Universe: Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson
Did you know Los Angeles was an astronomy hub 100 years ago? Find out how and meet Edwin Hubble, who figured out that our galaxy isn’t alone out there.

Mount Wilson at sunset. | Still from Lost LA S4 E5: “Discovering the Universe – Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson.”

The Southern California Spirit in the Sky
Listen to Southern Californians recount the rock and roll ambiance surrounding the efforts to get an American on the moon and how they worked to achieve it.

Built to Last: JPL’s Amazingly Long-Lived Missions
Imagine helping someone with a tech issue over the phone. Difficult, right? Now, imagine fixing a satellite that’s thousands and thousands and miles away from the comfort of your planet, but over decades. Read to find out how scientists with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory extend the life of satellites many times beyond their original scheduled missions.

Artist’s concept of 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. | NASA/JPL

 

Lesson Plans

NOVA scienceNOW: Origins of the Solar System
Did a supernova create our solar system, or should we credit radiation from a nearby star? Scientists still disagree on what led to the birth of our solar system, and well, us.

“The family portrait” of the solar system taken by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990. | NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Origin of the Elements
If people tell you your head is in the stars, just tell them you’re pondering the origin of the elements on Earth and throughout the universe. Then, learn how scientists actually do this by examining exploding stars.

Newborn stars peek out from beneath their natal blanket of dust in this dynamic image of the Rho Ophiuchi dark cloud from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. | Flickr/NASA Marshall Space Flight Center/Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

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