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How are elements created?

Students will explore how elements are created — in nature and in the lab — while focusing on the concepts of atomic structure, stability and stellar evolution.

Stellar smashup creates elements

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article “Strontium found in neutron star crash.”
an illustration of the Kuiper Belt

Kuiper Belt Dust May Be Sprinkled in Our Atmosphere

This guide asks students to put astronomical scales in context, think about how scientists study phenomena that are distant in space or time and analyze data.

Dusty data dive

Students will practice analyzing and graphing data using two data tables from a primary research study about space dust.

Measure the universe

These discussion prompts help students think about the scale of the solar system and universe, and how scientists study phenomena that are hard to reach in space or very distant in time.

Rethinking space dust origins

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Kuiper belt dust may be sprinkled in our atmosphere."
an illustration of Earth's magnetic field

Earth’s Inner Core is Relatively Young

This guide introduces students to the history and current state of Earth’s magnetic field, the structure of Earth’s interior and concepts related to energy transfer.

Journey to the center of the Earth

After thinking through concepts related to processes in the Earth's core, students will use these prompts to create a diagram of the geodynamo.

Assessing the age of Earth’s core

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Earth's inner core is relatively young."
A satellite image of Hurricane Florence

2018 Year in Review

This guide reviews the biggest science stories of 2018, as reported by Science News.

Asking for directions on Mars

Students will learn how to use an interactive online map of Mars and will identify features and make generalizations about Martian geography.

Build your science knowledge

Students will define key science vocabulary to better understand the concepts covered in Science News' Top 10 science stories of 2018.