This Digi Kit was created with the support of a subcontract from the NASA Space Science Education Consortium to Temple University and the AAPT under NASA Grant/Cooperative Agreement Number NXX16AR36A, as well as a grant from the National Science Foundation to the American Modeling Teachers Association under grant number 1822728. The goal of this Digi Kit is to promote interdisciplinary exploration that integrates physics with space science in a format that blends modeling, analysis of authentic data, and pattern recognition in a large-scale system. The Digi Kit features the following original materials:

  • Guided Inquiry Lab with accompanying Teacher Guide, co-authored by Rebecca Vieyra and Ramon Lopez

The Planetary Magnetism Digi Kit was curated, edited, and annotated by Caroline Hall, managing editor and eBook collection developer for the AAPT. Please contact with questions, suggestions, or to report errors.

Relevant Links:

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Special thanks go out to the following people and organizations:

  • The NASA-SSEC Team
  • David Straw, PhD, subject matter expert for the AAPT Digi Kits Project
  • Wolfgang Christian, Brown Professor of Physics, Davidson College, Lead developer of Physlet Physics 
  • Mario Belloni, Professor and Chair of Physics, Davidson College, for his contribution to development of Physlet Physics 3E
  • Anne Cox, Professor of Physics, Eckerd College, for her contribution to development of Physlet Physics 3E
  • PBS Learning Media, for the videos "Is Earth's Magnetic Field Reversing?" and "Could We Terraform Mars?"
  • KECK Institute for the digital collection, "Planetary Magnetic Fields: Planetary Interiors and Habitability"
  • NASA Planetary Sciences for their video, "How Mars Became a Desert"
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, for the video, "Mapping Magnetic Fields"
  • Windows to the Universe for their video, "Detecting Planetary Magnetism" and for their lesson plan, "Terrabagga Activity Using Magnetometer"
  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) for their interactive, "Retro Planet Red"
  • National Geographic Society for their free-access lesson, "Ferrofluid Experiment"
  • Rice University and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for their collaborative work on "Defending Our Planet, Defining the Cosmos"
  • Evans and Sutherland Digital Theater, for production of "Defending our Planet, Defining the Cosmos"
  • Science Channel, for the video "Why Earth's Magnetic Shield Matters"
  • Veritasium and its publisher/creator Derek Muller, PhD, for the video, "Spinning Sphere of Molten Sodium"
  • Chris Impey, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona, for his free-access textbook, Teach Astronomy
  • E. O'Gorman, C.P. Coughlan, W. Vlemmings, E. Varenius, S. Sirothia, T.P. Ray, and H. Oloffson, for their scholarly article, "A search for radio emission from exoplanets around evolved stars", published 20 April 2018 in Astronomy & Astrophysics journal.