Crosscutting Concepts
Crosscutting Concepts Addressed by the Sunspot Science Digi Kit
1) Patterns, Grades 9-12:
Patterns in rates of change and other numerical relationships can provide information about natural systems.
Activities correlating to this Crosscutting Concept:
  • NASA-SSEC Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Frequency and Period of Sunspots
  • Open Source Physics: Galileo Sunspots Model
  • Big Bear Solar Observatory: Sunspot Videos
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Understanding the Magnetic Sun
  • NASA/ESA Class Activity: Tracking Sunspots Using Real Data from SOHO
  • Science Netlinks: Tracking the Movement of Sunspots
  • Exploratorium: Sunspots - Modern Research
  • Max Planck Institute: Supercomputer Sheds Light on Sunspot Formation
  • NASA Earth Observatory: The Butterfly Effect
  • Earthsky.org: What is Sidereal Time?



2) Systems and System Models, Grades 9-12: When investigating or describing a system, the boundaries and initial conditions of the system need to be defined.
Activities correlating to this Crosscutting Concept:
  • NASA-SSEC Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Frequency and Period of Sunspots
  • Open Source Physics: Naked Eye Sidereal and Solar Day JS Model
  • Big Bear Solar Observatory: Solving Sunspot Mysteries
  • NASA Poster: How Space Weather & Solar Storms Affect Earth
  • NASA Earth Observatory: What Exactly Is a Sunspot?
  • Phys.org: Sunspot Formation Revealed


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