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Electromagnetic Spectrum Resources for Elementary Students PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 November 2009 15:15

Introducing the electromagnetic spectrum to elementary school students can be challenging. NASA educational resources provide some wonderful multimedia tools that help explain the spectrum to younger students.

Let’s visit the Space Place Kids and the Land of the Magic Windows. Upon entering the Land of the Magic Windows, students are invited to “Come in and see the Universe in a completely ‘different light!’” The left picture below shows the website’s welcoming image, which encourages children to explore the electromagnetic spectrum. Students accompany 10-year-old Kate and her friends through the Land of the Magic Windows. There they can link to the seven sources of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum: radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, and gamma rays. Students navigate forward and backward through the electromagnetic spectrum as they select observatory images, names, or energy sources. For instance, when students choose the X-ray, they go to the Magic X-ray Window. The web page briefly describes the X-Ray and shows a picture of Kate looking at the star Cassiopeia through the Chandra X-ray telescope (right image below).

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Image courtesy of The Space Place, NASA.

Kate viewing Cassiopeia through the Chandra X-ray telescope. Image courtesy of The Space Place, NASA.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 14 November 2009 15:43