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Resources for Educators and Students

The goal of Earth Science Week, conducted annually by the American Geological Institute in partnership with NASA and other sponsors, is to encourage students, educators and the public to explore the natural world and learn about geosciences.

This year's theme is Exploring Energy, and NASA is offering a variety of multimedia products and educational activities designed to improve understanding of energy resources and the role of energy in Earth's climate system.

     October 11-17. Celebrate Earth Science Week.

Kickoff Video

This daytime talk show style video introduces the energetic theme of Earth Science Week, how NASA and energy are connected, and looks in depth at some of the resources available to science educators inside the Earth Science Week Kit. Hosted by Trena Ferrell-Branch, the video features an interview with Dr. Eric Brown De Colstoun and Theresa Schwerin. You can order the 2010 Earth Science Kits from NASA Core and AGI.

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Exploring Energy in the Classroom Videos

How do hurricanes get their energy? NASA hurricane scientist Dr. Jeff Halverson explains how hurricanes draw energy from the ocean surface. The video also provides an example of a classroom activity that allows students to map the change in sea surface temperature over time. This activity from My NASA Data uses actual data gathered from Hurricane Rita, which struck the Gulf of Mexico in September 2005.

Find the latest storm images, data and science news from NASA, visit the Hurricane Resource Page. Click on Multimedia for related videos and visualizations. Educational tools including posters, visualizations, graphics, and classroom activities on hurricanes can be found at Hurricane Education Resources.

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How does NASA "see" thermal radiation? This video explores what infrared energy is and how NASA detects it to study our Earth's systems more completely. This video also includes a look at the experiment Sir William Herschel conducted that led to the discovery of infrared. Watch video > Go to SVS video page >


Quiz: What's Your Energy I.Q.?

Take this interactive quiz to test your knowledge of energy, both in our society and in Earth's climate system. Take the quiz >

NASA Now

During this installment of NASA Now, you’ll see some of the ways NASA studies Earth. You'll meet Eric Brown de Colstoun, a physical scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He describes his work on a NASA project called the Earth Observing System. The EOS consists of a number of satellites measuring the properties of Earth. The remotely sensed electromagnetic data from these satellites are used to examine physical and chemical processes of the Earth system. This allows for a better understanding of climate and climate change, weather patterns, fresh water availability, and other global and local concerns. Go to NASA Now >

Energy Essentials

The images, data visualizations, animations and videos in this gallery highlight how NASA satellite data and research help us better understand how much is reaching Earth from the sun, how it's distributed across the Earth, where humans are tapping into that energy, and the many ways in which our energy use is transforming our planet. Energy Essentials >

Educational Activities

Recommended websites and classroom activities that explore specific areas of inquiry related to global climate change.

Educational Activities list >


Data & Imagery

Explore a collection of rich data visualization and image resources available from NASA.

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Teachers: Do you find NASA's Earth Science Week activities useful? Please send us your comments.