2017 Festival: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASAThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes NASA to the 2017 National Math Festival!

The vision of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. NASA is a United States government agency that is responsible for science and technology related to air and space.

Dynamic Planets

NASA’s Dynamic Planet is a 32-inch spherical display system that puts a spin on science. This illuminated visualization platform provides a unique and vibrant global perspective of Earth, our sun, various planetary bodies in our solar system, and the universe to increase and improve scientific understanding. The touchscreen interface allows users to navigate hundreds of datasets, each with their own descriptive storytelling text. We promise you’ll have an out-of-this-world experience!

What Color is the Ocean?

The color of an object is actually the color of the light reflected while all other colors are absorbed. In this activity, you will use an inexpensive, simple spectrophotometer to test how light at different visible wavelengths (blue, green, red) is transmitted, or absorbed, through four different colored water samples.

Precipitation Towers

Rainfall and snowfall can be measured from the ground, but NASA uses satellites to get the full picture of precipitation around the globe. Come learn how satellites measure precipitation, explore hands-on graphs that show how much precipitation falls in various places around the world, and think about the different factors that affect the amount of rain and snow in different regions.