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This video explains albedo - the concept that the brightness of the Earth system (atmosphere, ocean, and land surfaces) determines how much incoming solar energy is immediately reflected back to space. Reflected shortwave energy and land albedo... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This series highlights some of the women who have made important discoveries and have had a crucial impact on STEM fields. The series includes first-hand stories, downloadable posters, postcards and a resource guide.

Keywords: Careers; Women in STEM
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This poster shows the path of the moon’s umbral shadow – in which the sun will be completely obscured by the moon – during the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, as well as the fraction of the sun’s area covered by the moon outside the... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Download this 8.5”x11” English-Spanish flyer and help spread the word about the August 2017 total solar eclipse.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This 8.5”x11” brochure has a star chart on the front and a composite image of the sun on the back. The brochure identifies things you may see during totality such as bright stars and planets and key features in the sun’s corona. Users can tear... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This 8.5”x11” bulletin provides a guide to safely viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse on one side and links to more safety tips on the other, including how to prepare for extreme heat, camping and transportation.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This series of investigative activities for Cadette Girl Scouts begins with an overview of our inner solar system, emphasizes the planetary histories of Mars, Earth and Venus, then concludes with evidence for the greenhouse effect on Earth. The... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

Learners will explore aspects of the Sun and solar activity by modeling them as solar cupcakes. Information and imagery are supplied to learn about the Sun, solar activity, eclipses, transits, observing the Sun, and the color of the Sun at different... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This is an interactive, real-time display system of space science images and data designed for museums and schools. The program displays hundreds of images and movies from space science research, all documented, with web references of how to find... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This Flash-based interactive provides access to illustrations, visualizations, videos, and near-real time images of the Sun from a variety of NASA satellites. Learners can access this information to supplement other materials related to the Sun and... (View More)

Carl Sagan once claimed that the most important lesson we learn from studying the stars is perspective. To address this concept, this activity offers a scale model of the solar system to be evaluated. There are many versions of solar system scale... (View More)

This printable calendar includes images with descriptions from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra is a telescope specially designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies,... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This 12-page educational comic book introduces readers to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Using the Japanese anime art style, the comic book explains the satellite technology and the mission goals and applications. Supplemental... (View More)

Based on the popular fortune-telling game, this printable interactive craft and game familiarizes learners with cloud vocabulary and varying degrees of cloud cover.

Keywords: Clouds

In this activity, students view a strange new planet in our Milky Way Galaxy to determine what it is like. They will observe it using a make-believe ground-based telescope, the Hubble telescope, and via a flyby spacecraft mission. They will compare... (View More)

These handouts highlight the many important ways that women contribute to the pursuit of understanding the Universe through high-energy astrophysics. First-hand stories are presented from various women connected with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity students investigate cloud opacity, including transparent, translucent, and opaque cloud characteristics. The activity is a companion resource to an episode of the PBS series, SciGirls. The episode, titled "SkyGirls," featured NASA... (View More)

After learning about four stellar classifications and the characteristics of stars, groups of learners act out an improvisation of a personification of the four stars while the audience has to guess which star type is which. This activity was... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, children observe images and objects from very close up and from far away to establish what they can learn from different perspectives and how different perspectives change the way we look at things. They will consider types of... (View More)

This resource guide is intended for Peace Corps and AmericCorps volunteers, mostly non-experts in astronomy, who are trying to bring more STEM into their fieldwork. Includes a 10-minute guide to the universe and constellations, and links to... (View More)

Learners create rocky planets out of playdough, and then learn about distances in our Solar System by placing them the correct distance apart. This activity was designed for use in a library program.

Using new and recycled materials, learners construct rocket cars that use a balloon and straw “rocket” to move. Learners will “race” the cars to see which can go the farthest before revising their design and “racing” again. This activity... (View More)

This series of infographic posters and supporting materials and activities explore various physics concepts such as time, mass, pressure, speed, distance and rotation using themes from the Olympics. The images are aimed at helping to demonstrate the... (View More)

This video describes the tropical Monsoon weather pattern using global imagery of clouds, precipitation and fires visible from space. When land heats up during summer (June - September in the Northern Hemisphere), the winds change direction and blow... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This poster shows a series of 10 Landsat image pairs from a variety of locations around the world showing change over time. The images show results from natural and human-induced change. The back of the poster highlights the Landsat mission, the... (View More)

Keywords: Land cover changes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This multi-phased learning package progresses from guided engineering to an open mission design challenge through scaffolded and easy-to-implement teaching tools, lessons and art activities. By building an O-REx spacecraft model in a collaborative... (View More)

This site features information about constructing a LEGO model of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission Core Observatory. Two options for building the GPM model are provided: students can construct a 3D model on the LEGO website or... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

Fresh water resources- their quantity, location and distribution- are briefly discussed in this two-page article. The article can be used as a "reading to be informed" activity in a stand-alone fashion or can be incorporated into a lesson plan.

Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) collects rain, snow and other precipitation data worldwide every three hours. This short (4:17 minute) video introduces learners to the role of GPM and it's partner satellites in gathering precipitation data... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The basic chemistry of water, along with a brief glimpse into water's origin on Earth, are discussed in this two page article. The article can be used as a "reading to be informed" activity in a stand-alone fashion or can be incorporated into a... (View More)

Keywords: Water chemistry
Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This online repository includes captioned images designed to tell a story about the science of light. Developed for the United Nation's International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015), the images showcase the incredible variety of light-based science... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, children use common craft materials and ultraviolet (UV)-sensitive beads to construct a person (or dog or imaginary creature). They use sunscreen, foil, paper, and more to test materials that might protect UV Kid from being exposed... (View More)

This unit consists of five activities, all of which focus on the response of plant life-cycle events to climate change. Students participate in discussions, field observations, data collection and analyses, plant identification, seed dispersal... (View More)

This unit consists of four activities. Students begin by examining temperature cycles (current, recent and historical) then add in factors such as carbon dioxide, precipitation and cloud cover to discover regional and global differences in the... (View More)

This unit focuses on the impacts of climate change on humans. Students participate in activities using "Character Cards" (included with the unit). The cards introduce fictitious citizens who describe the local economic, social and political factors... (View More)

This curriculum uses an inquiry-based Earth system science approach, and leverages Project BudBurst, a citizen science phenology project, to engage students in authentic research on plant and ecosystem responses to climate change. Students collect... (View More)

This curriculum uses an inquiry-based Earth system science approach, and leverages Project BudBurst, a citizen science phenology project, to engage students in authentic research on plant and ecosystem responses to climate change. Students collect... (View More)

This unit focuses on the impacts of climate change on humans. Students participate in activities using "Character Cards" (included with the unit). The cards introduce fictitious citizens who describe the local economic, social and political factors... (View More)

In this unit, students investigate temperature cycles, tree rings, CO2 records, and the effects of CO2 on temperature, precipitation and cloud cover to determine the impacts of changing climate on forests. After gathering and analyzing local data,... (View More)

This unit focuses on local plant species; students learn to identify common species and will examine their life cycle characteristics as evidence of climate change. Through the use of the national citizen science project titled Project BudBurst,... (View More)

Students are introduced to the carbon cycle through discussion, modeling and a game. Students then complete activities and investigations on Greenhouse gasses, photosynthesis, cellular respiration and ecosystem services (functions and values of... (View More)

This unit consists of two parts, each with several activities which require students to participate in investigations, discussions, computer data analysis, role-playing, and research. In Part 1, students examine the roles of Earth's energy balance... (View More)

This series of infographics illustrate a brief history of X-ray astronomy and some of the Chandra mission's goals and science topics. Intended for general public use, they have resided on the Chandra web site as a resource and are used in social... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This series of infographics was created to supplement the Here, There, Everywhere (HTE) exhibit and connects cross-cutting science content (Earth and planetary sciences and astrophysics) with everyday phenomena, helping to demonstrate the... (View More)

Audience: Informal education

This afterschool curriculum includes six lessons plus supplementary materials (e.g., videos, PowerPoint presentations, and images) that explore how light from the electromagnetic spectrum is used as a tool for learning about the Sun. The curriculum... (View More)

This classic video explains the history, debate and continuing discussion of the definition of a planet.

Keywords: Dwarf planet
Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This is an annotated, topical list of science fiction novels and stories based on more or less accurate astronomy and physics ideas. Learners can read fictional works that involve asteroids, astronomers, black holes, comets, space travel where... (View More)

This software package displays movies and images of the aurora and the Sun in various wavelengths from the ground and from NASA spacecraft; a tutorial about what space weather is and how the aurora is formed; and more. Users will also find real-time... (View More)

Keywords: Space weather; Auroras
Audience: High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Derived from the Science on a Sphere film entitled "Water Falls," this short (2:50) video presents basic information on the percentage, allocation, and distribution of Earth's usable water.

This multimedia ibook introduces the physical concepts related to plasma globes commonly seen in science museums. The characters Camilla Corona and Colours O'IRIS discuss the concepts of plasma, electric fields, and atom electron loss and recapture... (View More)

Keywords: Reading; Graphic novel
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Images from NASA satellites showing atmospheric phenomena such as cyclones, hurricanes, high/low pressures, clouds and the jet stream are featured in this 10-minute planetarium show.

Students are tasked with virtually designing a spacecraft to withstand the harsh environment of the Van Allen Radiation belts- the location of many communication, GPS and weather satellites. The details of the challenge, along with videos on... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In a one minute time lapse video, viewers are shown the assembly sequence of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite from its 2011 beginning at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to its 2014 launch at Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

Developed as a planetarium show, this video describes the unique environment of our solar system planets and a few satellites, along with some of the challenges and possible solutions for potential human habitation on each. Two versions of the video... (View More)

The Global Precipitation Measurement mission provides a global perspective on rain and snow, along with the storms, impacts, patterns, hazards, and changes associated with those precipitation events. Several such events, which occurred during a... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This Science On a Sphere video and docent show (script and playlist), explores factors that render Earth habitable and influence Earth's energy budget. The video gives an overview of NASA's Search for "Goldilocks Planets" - planets that are not too... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This is the first module in the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) Project Suite curriculum. Activities are self-directed by students or student teams using online videos and data from the SDO satellite to explore, research and build knowledge about... (View More)

Keywords: Sunspots
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: $1 - $5

This is the second module in the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) Project Suite curriculum. Each activity is self-directed by students or student teams and uses online videos, data from the SDO satellite and hands-on activities to explore, research... (View More)

This is the third module in the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) Project Suite curriculum. Each activity is self-directed by students or student teams and utilizes online videos, data from the SDO satellite and hands-on activities to explore,... (View More)

This is the fourth and culminating module in the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) Project Suite curriculum. Student teams use information and resources from the other three modules in the project suite to create a 3D interactive solar exhibit to... (View More)

This video explains the essential Earth Science concept of solar radiation. Most energy on Earth comes from the Sun as radiation. Lightbulbs are used to illustrate primary wavelengths of solar radiation received: infrared, visible, UV. ClimateBits... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video shows the UV Index or strength of ultraviolet radiation received at the surface of the Earth during each month of the year. The UV Index varies with seasons, the sun's angle, clouds, air pollution and land elevation. ClimateBits videos... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Designed for Science On a Sphere, this video explains the ozone hole over Antarctica - the annual thinning of stratospheric ozone caused by manufactured chemicals. 25 years after the Montreal Protocol limited the use of ozone depleting chemicals,... (View More)

This video explains air quality and specifically describes Earth's air pollution seen from space by satellites. As the world's largest environmental health risk, air pollution is important to understand, monitor, and reduce. Over the past 10 years,... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video explains the stratospheric ozone layer. Protecting life on Earth, ozone in the stratosphere is important because it absorbs most harmful UV radiation from the sun. The visualization shows how the thickness of the ozone layer varies with... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video is narrated by NASA scientist Peter Griffith who explains fast and slow carbon cycling on Earth. A banana is an example of fast, young carbon. A chunk of coal is an example of old, slow carbon. Carbon dioxide and vegetation on land seen... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video features NASA scientist Claire Parkinson explaining atmospheric carbon dioxide levels seen in measurements collected at the Mauna Loa observatory since 1958 and recent global model output. The seasonal cycle of plants on land and in the... (View More)

This video explains El Niño and its impact on the marine food web. Wind-driven upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific normally lifts nutrients to the sunlit surface to fertilize phytoplankton blooms. El Niño disrupts this pattern, causing... (View More)

This activity includes a presentation with links to videos about scientists and engineers working with NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (from the Faces of GPM series), as well as other STEM careers videos, followed by a number of... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This series of ten lessons has been developed to teach students about local and global water issues. They are based on NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. The activities are done largely outdoors and include scientific data... (View More)

Learners will create a flip book that shows solar flares erupting from the Sun. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 7 and up.

Learners will use hot and cold water to see how fluids at different temperature move around in convection currents. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up.

Learners will build a magnetometer, an instrument that can measure slight changes in Earth’s magnetic field that are caused by solar storms. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 13 and up.

Learners will build a solar oven and use it to bake s’mores. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up. It requires a bright sunny day.

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a solar eclipse, you may have noticed that the Moon comes very close to covering the entire Sun. Learners will use a coin and a plate to investigate why the Sun and Moon look like they’re the same size, though... (View More)

Learners will use candy pieces and a cookie to make an accurate model of the Sun that they can eat. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 7 and up.

Learners will make a Sun tracker to explore how ancient civilizations around the world studied the Sun. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 7 and up. It requires a bright sunny day.

Learners will make scale models of the Sun and Earth out of paper mache. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up.

This iOS app for iPhone, iPad and iTouch, allows families and educators to investigate and learn about the Sun at home, at school, or anywhere. It provides 13 free, easy to use, hands-on activities, plus live images of the Sun from NASA's SDO... (View More)

Learners will use thermometers and a lamp to investigate why some places on Earth’s surface are much hotter than others. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up.

On a bright, sunny day, learners will use tonic water to detect ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 7 and up

Learners will use binoculars or a telescope to identify and track sunspots. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up. It requires a bright sunny day.

Learners will make a pinhole viewer, and use it to measure the Sun’s size. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up. It requires a bright sunny day.

Learners will make a prism to separate sunlight into different colors. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up. It requires a bright sunny day.

SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games.

This article describes a citizen science project, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Participants take and report daily measurements of precipitation at their location. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This brief article describes Earth's gravity and it's role in keeping the atmosphere bound to Earth. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science... (View More)

This brief article explains the water cycle. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and games.

This gallery showcases a wide range of ocean imagery - from above and below the surface. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through... (View More)

Keywords: Ocean
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This gallery contains a selection of images of the cryosphere - particularly glaciers. Images are provided from a range of Earth-observing satellites as well as on the ground photographs. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting... (View More)

Keywords: Cryosphere
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This gallery showcases stunningly beautiful, revealing, and sometime abstract views of Earth landforms viewed from space. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores... (View More)

Keywords: Landforms
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explores the causes of the 2013 floods in Colorado. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and... (View More)

Keywords: Floods
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the meteorological causes of lake-effect snow. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images,... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology; Snow
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explores the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere throughout its history. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article and interactive image compares the sizes of Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricanes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video interview with a NOAA meteorologist displays the first high-resolution full-disk image to be transmitted from GOES-14, the latest iteration of the NASA/NOAA partnership of meteorological satellites. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explores the solar cycle and coronal mass ejections. It also links to a variety of related videos. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This resource includes a brief article and an interactive portion on emergency preparedness. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through... (View More)

Keywords: Natural disasters
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explores the variety of fog types and their causes. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images, and... (View More)

Keywords: Fog
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video tracks the development of Hurricane Katrina from formation to dissipation. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricanes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free
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