Celebrate Earth Day with NASA

Written by Morgan Woroner, IGES

Earth Day is just around the corner, and NASA is doing plenty to celebrate. You don’t need to be near a NASA center to participate in Earth Day – there are online events for all to share in the fun.

Last week we mentioned the #GlobalSelfie event. Get your cameras ready, because pictures will be accepted on April 22, Earth Day! Check out our post with all the details on how to submit your photos – it’s easy. Submissions from around the world are encouraged – NASA has created a #GlobalSelfie poster in 20 languages to include in your photos. Images can be submitted via five social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Flickr. We’d love to see entire classes showing off their enthusiasm for planet Earth. Photos submitted will be used to create a mosaic image of Earth and a video that will be released in May.

#GlobalSelfie is part of a larger campaign – Earth Right Now. The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. With the launch of five new missions, NASA will be able to deliver even more crucial data for scientists working to understand our changing planet. Starting with the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission launch in February, NASA is providing feature articles, images, videos, and more on the five new missions, as well as the 17 current Earth science missions. Visit Earth Right Now for information on the upcoming missions and the first images coming in now from GPM.

Test your knowledge of Earth with the Know Your Earth monthly quizzes! New quizzes are available every month throughout 2014, with Facebook-shareable results, to show off your expertise to your friends. The quizzes are also great additions to Earth science lessons. Each quiz includes links to resources on individual missions, educational resources, and events related to monthly topics, including upcoming quizzes on “The Air We Breathe” and “Extreme Weather.”

If you’re in Washington, D.C., on April 21-22, stop by Union Station and experience NASA Earth science in person. The Hyperwall – a large-scale video display – and Science Gallery exhibits will be on display, along with hands-on activities and demonstrations. On April 22, nearly 20 NASA scientists will be on hand to tell fascinating science stories about our changing planet.

Looking for educational resources to use with your class or program on Earth Day? It’s easy to find what you need in Wavelength. Visit this basic search of Earth resources, and use the filters down the left side of the screen to narrow down the results to find the perfect fit for your students.

What are your plans for Earth Day?