Is the Earth unique?
Is there another planet that could support human life?
What are the requirements for human habitation?
Astro-Venture is an educational, interactive, multimedia Web environment highlighting NASA careers and astrobiology research in the areas of Astronomy, Geology, Biology and Atmospheric Science. Students in grades five through eight are transported to the future where they role play NASA occupations and use scientific inquiry, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation. Supporting activities include chats with real NASA scientists, online collaborations, classroom lessons, student publishing area and occupations fact sheets and trading cards.
Part one of three in a series illustrating various concepts related to force and motion. Vocabulary terms emphasized throughout the presentation include: motion, position, reference point, distance, direction, time, speed, velocity, variable, cause and effect, mass, force, and acceleration.
Designed as a middle level learning resource, these animations would easily complement other materials. Text and images draw the viewer through a sequence of simple simulations, demonstrating some of the basic concepts in the classical physics of motion.