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Activities for 0FJ97

Study and Interpret New Images of New Worlds

This activity lets students study the most recent pictures from Galileo and make interpretations. Using free software, lessons, and images, your students can simulate the scientific adventure of peering at new worlds. Learners can simulate the work of scientists investigating geological features of the Jovian moon Europa. The students can also attempt to figure out the relative geological age of discreet features in one region of Europa. This qualitative analysis will lead student investigators to experience science using scientific tools.

Design a Spacecraft to test for Life on Europa

This activity will introduce students to the process involved with designing a spacecraft and testing for life on Europa. The main goal of this activity is to encourage student thinking and to focus on the process not necessarily the results. We are interested in posting any experiences that you and your students have.

Find Jupiter in the Night Sky

Jupiter is currently visible in the early morning sky and will remain visible throughout OFJ97, however, finding Jupiter is a challenge indeed because of its relative closeness to the Sun. This activity provides information on how to find Jupiter and encourages students to work together and develop a process for observing. We are interested in posting any experiences you might have looking for Jupiter.

This activity will be available in late-June, 1997

Life on Europa

Europa, one of Jupiter's moons, might have life on it and this activity will help students examine the possibility. They will be able to interact with scientists and other classrooms to discuss this most interesting place.

Activities for OFJ (1995-96)

When Will the Probe Get Squashed?

ProbeSquash involved estimating the exact time that the Probe would stop operating. More precisely, students were challenged to predict the duration of the Probe mission from when it turned on to the point at which the Probe stopped sending useful science data. A series of clues provided over time allowed insight into the factors that caused the Probe to stop working.


Students were invited to create mnemonics to help remember the names of the major Jovian moons. We collected and shared these mnemonics widely. The entries were judged and the best were awarded small prizes.


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