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This 13-week online course focuses on the global climate system, which includes Earth's oceans, atmosphere and land along with human interactions with each. Offered twice a year, the course is directed towards middle school teachers, but is open to... (View More)

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)

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 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)

This interactive, web-based tool allows you to calibrate your eye by practicing cloud cover estimation using images on the computer.

In this interactive tutorial, learners can explore the physics of contrail formation in the atmosphere and develop the ability to recognize the several types of contrails that form under varying atmospheric conditions. Practice classifying the type... (View More)

Using a plastic tray filled with sand to represent a planetary surface, learners simulate the effects of wind, water, and impacts. They will compare the surface effects they create with actual images of planetary surfaces- and determine the causes... (View More)

This interactive, web-based tool asks a series of questions to help the learner narrow down the type of cloud they are observing. It can be used both for practice and in the field to identify clouds. This resource is part of The GLOBE Program... (View More)

The atmosphere (including weather and climate) is the focus of this GLOBE eTraining module. Protocols for investigating several characteristics of the atmosphere such as clouds, precipitation (rain and snow), air and surface temperature, and... (View More)

This brief (1:55) video describes the tropical monsoon weather pattern using global imagery of clouds, precipitation and fires visible from space. The discussion of the cycle also includes the impacts on people and on farming. ClimateBits videos are... (View More)

Keywords: Tropics
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The pedosphere (soil) is the focus of this GLOBE eTraining program module. Protocols for investigating soil temperature, moisture, characterization, density and infiltration are explained. In addition, each module includes interactive digital field... (View More)

A collection of nine atmospheric science and geography activities that guide students in developing the skills used to analyze GLOBE environmental data. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on,... (View More)

Students analyze and interpret the accompanying large-format images of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera. The analysis involves identifying geologic features, calibrating the size of those features, and... (View More)

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

A Hovmuller plot is a diagram that visibly displays data patterns from a selected latitude or longitude over a time period. Through a storyline and several samples, students are introduced to a Hovmuller plot of temperature data along a longitude in... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

See how NASA is using a rolling spheres lightning protection system to expand the cone of safety currently used on Launch Complex 39. NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this video clip, learn about precipitation and how clouds are formed. Find out why scientists study clouds and how students can help NASA collect cloud observation data. NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos... (View More)

Keywords: Clouds; Careers
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

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 learning modules is designed for adaptation in an introductory Earth science or planetary science course. The modules actively engage students through Mars remote-sensing data and Earth-based analogs to understanding Mars geology.... (View More)

Audience: Higher education

In this video clip, see how NASA measures soil moisture from space with the Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP). Learn to calculate soil moisture in your own backyard and discover the real world applications for this data. NASA eClips™ are... (View More)

Keywords: Soil moisture; Careers
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this video clip, viewers learn about the cryosphere - all of Earth's frozen structures including sea ice, ice caps, and permafrost. Understanding changes in the cryosphere provides scientists with valuable information about the past, present, and... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Middle school
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.

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.

This short (11:29 minutes) video features NASA scientists answering a set of student-designed questions related to NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission. The set of twelve questions were generated after students viewed... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

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 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 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 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)

This brief (1:46) video explains the stratospheric ozone layer and its role in absorbing harmful UV radiation from the sun. The visualization shows how the thickness of the ozone layer varies with air flow aloft and seasons, and where the biggest... (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 brief (1:58) video provides an explanation of El Niño and its impact on the marine food web. Satellite images of a large El Niño in 2015 show the impact on both water temperature and phytoplankton blooms. ClimateBits videos are designed for... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This brief (1:37) video explains the essential Earth science concept of solar radiation - the source of most energy on Earth. ClimateBits videos are designed for Science On a Sphere (SOS) and also available on YouTube. Links are provided to more... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This brief (1:53) video describes the UV (Ultraviolet) index and presents a visual range of its monthly strength at Earth's surface. The factors that influence that range- the sun's angle, ozone thickness, clouds, air pollution, surface reflection,... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This lesson plan teaches how to select the landing site for a planetary surface investigation, using the 5E learning cycle. Students will be able to determine a landing site for their Mars rover; work with their team to summarize information and... (View More)

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)

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 collection of math problems is based on a weekly series of space and Earth science problems distributed to teachers during the 2013-2014 school year. The problems were intended for students looking for additional challenges in the math and... (View More)

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 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 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

In this game students have to think and move fast to keep up with the challenge of capturing and storing the massive flow of different kinds of data being captured by a GOES-R weather satellite. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explores the hazards of volcanic ash plumes. 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.

Keywords: Volcanoes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This resource offers a variety of image-based jigsaw puzzles, accompanied by educational text. 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 covers tornadoes - how they form and how to predict their occurrence. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles,... (View More)

Keywords: Tornadoes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This interactive resource explores weather folklore tales from around the world, and contrasts them with scientific facts. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This interactive cartoon game generates weather jokes and puns. 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)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the severe weather phenomenon known as a derecho. 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,... (View More)

Keywords: Thunderstorms
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This Wild Weather Jobs article profiles Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colón and his team at the U.S. National Ice Center (NIC). SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This game helps students understand how multiple remote sensing wave bands can be combined to reveal new information about the weather. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the polar vortex: an area of low pressure (a wide expanse of swirling cold air) that is parked in polar regions. An explanation is also provided for high and low pressure systems. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational... (View More)

This article profiles a SARSAT rescue coordinator and his job. 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)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the causes of lightning and thunder, and shows what it looks like from space. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This gallery includes images of weather seen from above and below. 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
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This gallery showcases the great diversity of cloud types found on Earth. From photos of surface fog to Landsat images of cloud cover, this gallery contains a bounty of beautiful images. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting... (View More)

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

This article provides information about "incident meteorologists" and the important role they have in fighting wildfires. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

These PDFs can be printed and cut out to create informational bookmarks on the GOES satellites, including one with a GOES image of Hurricane Katrina. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their... (View More)

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

This article highlights why and how to be prepared for when natural disaster strikes. 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 game gives students a chance to experience what it's like to be an air traffic controller, finding safe paths for airplanes around bad weather, using GOES-P data. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video includes a question and answer format interview with weatherman Topper Shutt. Questions are included from citizens on the street, focusing on data origins and forecasting approaches. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video shows the successful launch of the GOES-P satellite aboard the Delta 4 rocket. 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 provides a brief weather tour of the solar system, including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators.... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This gallery shows a selection of striking Terra and Landsat images of volcanoes. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles,... (View More)

Keywords: Volcanoes
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This site offers a number of two-sided posters focusing on the GOES weather satellite missions. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The effects on Earth of solar wind, solar flares and coronal mass ejections are discussed and presented visually in a video and several photographs. The role of satellites in monitoring space weather is examined. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA... (View More)

Keywords: Aurora
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Hurricanes are discussed as one type of tropical cyclone; the article then describes the four stages of cyclone development. The site includes a video of Hurricane Katrina and a link to a related game. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorology
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This game quizzes knowledge of weather terminology. 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.

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

This article explains the distinction between weather and climate. 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)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the causes of heat waves. 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.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video offers a broad overview of the GOES missions, and the important role they have in monitoring weather. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and... (View More)

Keywords: Weather satellites
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article explains the cause of rainbows. 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.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Watch a 30-second satellite-captured clip of this solar storm. 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: Meteorology
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video features actual footage of the launch of the GOES-P satellite. 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,... (View More)

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

This video previews the capabilities of the GOES-R satellite, launching in 2015. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth science through articles,... (View More)

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

This video showcases footage from the ISS of Earthly phenomena: lightning, lights, and aurorae. 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 short video illustrates the fundamental role that weather satellites play in search and rescue efforts. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website targeting middle school-aged children and their educators. It explores weather and Earth... (View More)

Keywords: Search and rescue
Audience: Middle school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video features an interview with severe storm researcher Tim Samaras. 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,... (View More)

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

This video presents a view of the Aurora Australis as seen from the ISS. 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,... (View More)

Keywords: Aurora
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Students build their understanding of weather and climate concepts by exploring several websites and online videos and completing a related worksheet. Students will examine NASA's role in both gathering weather and climate data and monitoring the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Students work in groups to investigate one of the following factors driving climate change: greenhouse gases, sea level rise and melting sea ice. The investigation involves conducting an experiment, connecting to real-world data and presenting a... (View More)

Emphasizing the synergies between science and engineering, these video clips highlight the research of professional ocean scientists and engineers in various disciplines. The clips are accompanied by additional relevant content including images,... (View More)

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