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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Finding Your Location Using Gravity, the Earth's Magnetic Field, and a Sundial [E]
Build your own sundial (northern hemisphere, southern hemisphere, combined). [E] [E] [E]
Construct a sundial and research the techniques different cultures use to study time. [E]
Determine which stars to use to navigate in each hemisphere of the globe. [E]
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Is the Cosmic Ray Flux Greater at Higher Altitudes Than at Lower Altitudes? [E]
Find out how old is a star (Monoceros R2) by using images from the Faulkes Telescope in Australia. [E]
Measure the distance to some distant, small objects using motion parallax. [E]
Show How Columbus Determined His Latitude [E]
Which ancient location instrument is the most accurate: gnomon, astrolabe or Ptolemy's box? [E]
Measure true noon time using the sundial principle [E] [E]
Calculate the circumference of the Earth. [E] [E]
Use Internet-based software tools and databases to locate the center of the galaxy, based on the distribution of globular clusters. [E]
Calculate the Size of the Sun and Moon [E] [E]
Build a soda bottle magnetometer to monitor changes in the Earth's magnetic field for signs of magnetic storms [E]
View sunspots through a telescope or 'pinhole' camera [E] [E]
Use the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory satellite (SOHO) to determine the rotation of the sun. [E]
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Evaluation of Silver Based Astronomical Telescope Coatings [E]
Developing a Novel Method to Decontaminate dSph Data for M31 Mass Estimation [E]
Follow in the steps of Tycho Brahe and build and use a sextant or quadrant [E]
Use image data from the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory Satellite (SOHO) to measure the motion of a coronal mass ejection. [E]
Investigate and use parallax to determine distances [E] [E]
Build and demonstrate a sidereal pointer - an instrument that allows you to localize each celestial object in the night sky. [E]
Research Radio Astronomy and Build an Amateur Radio Telescope [E]
A Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) diagram of blazar S5 0716+714 using images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, ground based optical telescopes, and a radio telescope. [E]
Direct Detection of Dark Matter with LENS: A New Directionally Sensitive Low Energy WIMP Detector [E]
How Does Light Intensity of a Star Change with Distance? [E]
The Effect of Altitude on the Detection of Cosmic Rays in a Cloud Chamber [E]
Make a Galilean Telescope and Recreat Galileo's Astronomical Experiments [E] [E]
Research Radio Astronomy and Build an Amateur Radio Telescope [E]
Measure the ratio of dune spacing to dune height of sand dunes on Mars by using Mars Global Surveyor Image Analysis. [E]
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