Resources (lesson plans, websites, videos) to go with the "Taking Children Outside to Learn About Earth's Systems" presentation for the National AfterSchool Association Virtual Convention in November 2015.
Explore my sampler of fun and educational engineering activities for students in K-5 from the Wavelength collection. Want more? Try the following keyword searches in Wavelength: "Design" or "Build" to find activities about spacecraft design; "Design challenge" or "remote sensing" for activities that discuss spacecraft functions, or browse "Elementary Education" and refine your search by categories like the design process and lesson plans.
This resource bundle begins with a scientist from Navajo Technical College describing how scientific visualizations help us understand the global consequences of local actions- in this case, the contribution of coal fired power plants on the Navajo Reservation as one of the sources of CO2 in the atmosphere. Suitable for elementary and middle school students, the associated activities provide a hands-on exploration of what a scientific data visualization is, how it is created, and culminates with an activity where students use remotely-sensed images to discover ancient roadways of the Anasazi Peoples in New Mexico.