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Space Systems

Total Unit Running Time: 35-45* minutes

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FIELD TRIP : Full Solar Eclipse 

Running Time: 9:18 


Hitch a spot in the Path of Totality with VVR Host, Steve Grubbs, to experience a full solar eclipse. Nestled in the Mark Twain National Park in Missouri, Steve identifies the corona and the diamond ring as the moon moves over the sun. Also learn about why the temperature drops and the animals in the area go quiet–no eclipse glasses required! 

For more information, please visit eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

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INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE : Traveling The Universe 

Running Time: Self-paced* 

Experience the galaxy’s finest sights up close as you travel the universe aboard our modern spacecraft at warp speed. Learn facts about comets, the Milky Way, our solar system, the Sombrero Galaxy, black holes, the Alpha Centauri Group, and Algol Variables as you maneuver through this space neighborhood.

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STORY: A Star Is Born 

Running Time: 5:35 


Topics Covered  

  • Process of nuclear fusion 
  • Concepts of nebula, thermal radiation 
  • 3 stages of star death

Topics Covered 

  • Process of hydrogen fusion (in the lab) 
  • Purpose of a plasma lab 
  • Goal & process of nuclear fusion 

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. C (BT1–knowledge) 
  2. C (BT2–comprehension)
  3. D (BT2–comprehension)
  4. B (BT5–synthesis) 
  5. D (BT1–knowledge)
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JOURNEY: The Theory of the Big Bang 

Running Time: Self-paced* 


Topics Covered 

  • Timeline of the Big Bang 
  • Hubble’s Law, CMB radiation 
  • Concepts of inflation, cosmic acceleration, falsifiable

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. C (BT2–comprehension)
  2. B (BT1–knowledge) 
  3. A (BT2–comprehension)
  4. B (BT3–application) 
  5. D (BT5–synthesis)
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TEACHER DEMO: Fusing With Wendy

Running Time: 6:42 


Vocabulary: convection; nuclear fusion

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills 

  1. A (BT2–comprehension)
  2. D (BT4–analysis) 
  3. B (BT1–knowledge) 
  4. A (BT4–analysis) 
  5. D (BT5–synthesis)

RELATED STEM CAREERS : Physicist, Nuclear Engineer, Materials Engineer

Science Standards: 

NGSS: HS-ESS1-1, HS-ESS1-2, HS-ESS1-3, HS-ESS1-4; TEKS: 112.33(c.1.A),112.33(c.2.B), 112.33(c.2.C), 112.33(c.2.D),112.33(c.2.E),112.33(c.2.F), 112.33(c.2.G), 112.33(c.2.I),  112.33(c.3.D), 112.33(c.3.E), 112.33(c.4.B), 112.33(c.5.A), 112.33(c.7.C), 112.33(c.9.C), 112.33(c.10.B), 112.33(c.11.B), 112.33(c.11.C), 112.33(c.11.D),112.33(c.11.E),  112.33(c.13.A), 112.33(c.13.B),112.33(c.14.C), 112.33(c.14.E), 112.36(c.1.A), 112.36(c.2.B), 112.36(c.2.C), 112.36(c.2.E), 112.36(c.2.F), 112.36(c.2.G), 112.36(c.2.I),112.36(c.3.D),  112.36(c.4.A), 112.36(c.4.C),112.36(c.5.A), 112.39(c.2.A), 112.39(c.2.B), 112.39(c.2.C), 112.39(c.2.F), 112.39(c.3.D), 112.39(c.5.A), 112.39(c.5.B), 112.39(c.5.G),  112.39(c.5.H), 112.39)c.6.E), 112.39(c.6.F), 112.39(c.8.D); CPALMS: SC.912.E.5.1, SC.912.E.5.2, SC.912.E.5.5, SC.912.E.5.7, SC.912.E.5.3, SC.912.E.5.4, SC.912.E.5.6,  SC.912.E.5.8,SC.912.N.1.1, SC.912.N.1.2, SC.912.N.1.3, SC.912.N.1.4, SC.912.N.1.5, SC.912.N.1.6, SC.912.N.1.7, SC.912.N.2.2, SC.912.N.2.4, SC.912.N.2.5, SC.912.N.3.1,  SC.912.N.3.3, SC.912.N.3.4, SC.912.P.10.1, SC.912.P.10.4, SC.912.P.10.10, SC.912.P.10.11, SC.912.P.10.16, SC.912.P.10.17, SC.912.P.12.4