Layers of the Atmosphere

Air on the Go

Students observe that air under high pressure will move toward a low-pressure area and certain objects in the air’s path may move in the same direction.
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Balloon in a Bottle

Air takes up space. It's only when air in the bottle escapes that more air is easily added!
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Blue Skies and Red Sunsets

Find out how some wavelengths of light are scattered more than others producing blue skies and red sunsets.
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Bubbles on Bottles

Students observe that a change in the temperature of air can impact the size of a bubble.
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Comparing Planetary Gases

Use jelly beans to compare the compositions (amounts of different gases) of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Venus.
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Demonstrating the Thickness of Atmospheric Layers

Students will observe two scale models of Earth's atmosphere and the layers of the atmosphere to gain an appreciation for the size of the atmosphere compared to the planet Earth.
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Detecting Ultraviolet Light Using Tonic Water

Students use a model to test actions for staying safe from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. 
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Measuring Density by Bending Light

Students observe how different materials bend light and how we can infer the nature of the material based on the amount it bends light rays.
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Modeling How Air Moves

In this activity, students use models to observe that air is a fluid that flows due to temperature-driven density differences.
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Modeling the Behavior of Air with Bottles

In this hands-on activity, students explore how temperature affects the behavior of air molecules.
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Not Your Usual Pop!

Students learn how to crush a can with only air pressure.
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Plunger Pull

Use plungers to create a vacuum and learn about how air exerts pressure.
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Satellites and the Atmosphere Teaching Box

Students will learn how the COSMIC satellites collect data about the atmosphere by measuring bending radio waves.
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Up and Away - Bernoulli's Way

Learn about Bernoulli's Principle with hairdryers and ping pong balls!
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Virtual Ballooning to Explore the Atmosphere Activity

In this computer-based virtual lab, students will learn about the layers of Earth's atmosphere by launching virtual weather balloons to collect temperature and pressure data at various altitudes.
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Whole Body Ozone Chemistry

In this activity, students will play the roles of various atoms and molecules to help them better understand the formation and destruction of ozone in the stratosphere.