|Poster: Earth's Energy Budget|
|This NASA poster depicting the Earth's Energy Budget, with Activities, is available at http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/energy_budget.|
|Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum|
http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/index.html This series of eight videos covers an introduction to electromagnetic waves and the different regions throughout the spectrum (Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Rays and Gamma Rays). These animated videos explain each region with examples from real world NASA science applications.
http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/TourOfEMS_Booklet_Web.pdf Also available is a 29-page booklet that can be downloaded covering the spectrum, wave behaviors, anatomy of an electromagnetic wave, and how images are created. Each region of the spectrum is detailed with images from NASA missions.
This kid-friendly Web site for ages 10-12 answers the big questions about global climate change using simple illustrations, humor, interactivity and age-appropriate language. Includes a collection of Earth-science-related games and a Green Careers section which profiles real people doing jobs that help slow climate change.
|My NASA Data|
Students of all ages can investigate microsets of NASA Earth science satellite data, including atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, ocean and land surface. Many new data types continue to be added to the collection along with online lesson plans, teacher-friendly documentation, computer tools and an Earth science glossary. MY NASA DATA can be used with existing curriculum and to enable students to practice science inquiry and math or technology skills using real measurements of Earth system variables and processes. Examples of climate and energy-related lessons include:
|Climate Change Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit|
This resource for middle school and informal education focuses on climate change impacts on wildlife and wildlands across the United States. The toolkit divides the country into 11 distinct "eco-regions" based on a number of factors including geography and habitat type.
|Earth Exploration Toolbook|
Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities for middle school to college level instruction. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system. Step-by-step instructions in each chapter walk users through an example—a case study in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore issues or concepts in Earth system science. Several chapters use NASA Earth science data.
|Earth & Sky Podcasts|
Bruce Wielicki on Clouds and Earth's Energy Balance - In this Clear Voices for Science podcast (8 minutes), NASA scientist Bruce Wielicki spoke with EarthSky's Jorge Salazar about how clouds affect the energy Earth receives, keeps, and emits back to space—Earth's energy balance. Wielicki is the principal investigator for NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) mission.
NASA eClips™ are short, educational video segments that inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. The programs are produced for targeted audiences: Our World (K–5), Real World (grades 6–8), and Launchpad (grades 9–12 and the general public). Examples of NASA eClips™ related to climate and energy are:
Programs - Get Started
(Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system. GLOBE is sponsored by NASA, NOAA, NSF and U.S. Department of State.
A new GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign (coming September 2011) will engage students from around the world in the process of investigating and researching their local climate and sharing their findings globally. SCRC is comprised of learning activities, events, and research investigations. Teachers can start preparing their students now to participate in SCRC. For more information, go to: http://www.globe.gov/explore_science/conduct_research/scrc.
|S'COOL (Students' Cloud Observations On-Line)|
S'COOL is a real-time, collaborative science experiment that elementary through secondary students conduct with NASA scientists. Participants make ground truth observations of clouds for comparison with satellite data. These observations help NASA scientists validate the measurements from NASA's CERES satellite instrument (Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System). The S'COOL Web site includes several educational resources, including tutorials, cloud ID charts and ideas for projects. The site also includes information on Roving Cloud Observations for S'COOL, a program for citizen scientists.
|NASA's Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) Initiative|
NASA's Global Climate Change Education Initiative has awarded several grants to organizations across the United States to explore innovative ways to teach the science surrounding global climate change and Earth system science. Funded projects include all levels of formal and informal education, including a range of activities, such as courses and workshops for educators, learning resources, citizen science projects, research opportunities for teachers and students and more. Visit the NASA GCCE Web site to learn more about the funded projects and link to resources and datasets for climate change education.