A swirl of purple from the Crab Nebula.

DIY Space Science Activities
Each theme has multiple lessons with downloadable guides & worksheets, plus tips & tricks to modify the hands-on activities!

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Aurora: The northern lights are awe-inspiring, which makes them a great hook to get students excited about heliophysics- the study of the sun/Earth system and the effects of the sun on the Earth.

Solar System: The sun is a star and the center of our solar system. Learn about Earth's neighborhood!

AstronomyExplore constellations, learn about using the stars to navigate, and make a star wheel or astrolabe!

Exploring the Universe: Turning our telescopes to the sky to search for new exoplanets, looking for life on Mars, and shooting rockets into space!

A bright green aurora oval over water and ice.
  Photo: Stephane Vetter

Check Out Learning Kits
Borrow kits and teaching objects to teach about how solar flares cause northern lights on earth. Click to learn more about any of these kits:

  • Cultural Connections - Aurora science through Inupiaq culture and language. 4rd-8th grades.
  • Sunspotter - Safely observe the sun! For all ages.
  • Energetic Aurora - Learn about the different aspects of studying the aurora. 6th-12th grades.

Click here to borrow kits, make an online request, or purchase a kit pass. 


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