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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Investigate how different particles can become rings of Saturn [E]
Stars And What They Can Become [P]
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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]
Determine which stars to use to navigate in each hemisphere of the globe. [E]
The constellations change in the night sky over different periods of time. [E]
Investigate constellations and some of the myths / stories behind them. [P]
Do the Planets Revolve Around the Earth or the Sun? [E]
What are Cosmic Rays? [E] [P]
Determine the number of stars that can be seen from your local area [E]
The sun, stars, black holes and supernovas [E] [E] [E] [E] [P]
Research stars' birth, life, and death. [E] [P]
Black holes and time [E] [P]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Detecting solar system objects using blocked starlight: the case of Planet 9 [P]
Determining if Concrete Is a Liable Screen against Galactic Cosmic Radiation [E]
Can an Amateur Astronomer Measure Double Stars Accurately? [E]
Finding the internal characteristics of variable stars by analyzing their light curves. [E]
A Photometric Comparison of the Variable Stars Beta Lyrae and Delta Cephei [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]
Use Internet-based software tools and databases to locate the center of the galaxy, based on the distribution of globular clusters. [E]
Are the globular clusters in our galaxy just one color, and what might we guess from this about the ages and compositions of galaxies? [E]
Find whether cosmic rays are affected by magnets. [E]
Determine if you can tell from a light curve if a variable star is a binary system. [E]
What is Dark Matter? [P]

Do the Planets Revolve Around the Earth or the Sun? [E]
Introduction to Nebulae [E] [P]
Find out if Saturn's moons cause the gaps in Saturn's rings. [E] [E]
What Are the Effects of Weather on Star Visibility? [E]
Discover how many of the brightest infrared-emitting objects in an infrared sky patch are familiar objects such as stars. [P]
Test the stellar parallax theory, a method used to determine the relative distance of stars, through a series of observations taken on a football field. [E]
Measure true noon time using the sundial principle [E] [E]
Calculate the circumference of the Earth. [E] [E]
Explore the deep space - stars and black holes [E] [E] [P]
The Formation, Evolution and Death of Stars [P]
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High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Learn about how and why NASA false-colors x-ray images; then follow the same procedure to create your own images and compare them to the NASA ones. [E]
A Computational Investigation of the Structures, Energies, and Formation Pathways of Interstellar Anions [E]
Measure carbon abundances, using the medium-resolution spectroscopy (MRS) technique, for stars in the Milky Way's dwarf satellites [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]
Determine whether or not galaxies cluster, and if so, to measure that clustering. [E]
Extracting Oxygen from Lunar and Martian Regolith Simulant [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]
Research White Dwarfs [E]

Direct Detection of Dark Matter with LENS: A New Directionally Sensitive Low Energy WIMP Detector [E]
The Thermodynamics of the Rings of Saturn [E]
Simulation of terrestrial impact craters [E]
The Weird World of Planets in Binary Star Systems [E]
Adaptive Optics and Its Role in Stellar Scintillation [E]
Quantifying the Effect of Skyglow on the Visibility of Stars [E]
Analyze ultra-high energy cosmic ray showers and characterize their energies and apparent direction of origin. [E] [E]
Build and demonstrate a sidereal pointer - an instrument that allows you to localize each celestial object in the night sky. [E]
Investigate and use parallax to determine distances [E] [E]
The effects of the temperature of the universe on Black Holes as the universe ages. [E]
Investigate the Cosmological theory of the Big Bang [P]
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