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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 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)

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)

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 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)

These two products, a Science On a Sphere video and docent show (script and playlist), explore 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... (View More)

Audience: 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

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

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)

This set of three videos illustrates how math is used in satellite data analysis. The videos feature NASA senior climate scientist Claire Parkinson. Parkinson explains how the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice covers are measured from satellite data and... (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.

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)

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 calendar shows history's most extreme weather events, month-by-month. 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)

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 IQuest allows students to explore weather and climate concepts through a tour of related websites and videos. Students will examine NASA's role in both gathering weather and climate data and monitoring the changes to each that are occurring... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

In this lesson, students will conduct labs to investigate three drivers of climate change: adding atmospheric greenhouse gases, melting glacial ice, and decreasing sea ice. Students, working in groups, will conduct experiments, connect them to... (View More)

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

A brief article on the role satellites play in studying weather introduces the topic featured in the accompanying game. The game requires players to move tiles to re-create a photo of Earth or space weather. Additional photographs show three weather... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

When New England was hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, there was not a satellite monitoring tropical storms that far north; the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was operating in a band between the 35-degree latitudes. The Global... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video provides a glimpse into the snowfall research planned as part of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. GPM Deputy Project Scientist, Gail Skofronick-Jackson, reveals the capabilities of the satellite's new sensors, which,... (View More)

Keywords: Snow
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This interactive visualization illustrates changes in Earth's climate. Manipulate a sliding timeline to view the impacts on our planet of four climate related variables: sea ice, sea levels, carbon emissions, and average global temperatures.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Players complete five crossword puzzles related to weather. The puzzles are targeted to children ages 10-12.

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

In this brief video, NASA scientists discuss the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission and its role in studying and tracking Earth's freshwater resources. The GPM mission will advance our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles,... (View More)

This short video (2:01) uses an engaging approach to emphasize the importance of tracking and studying precipitation. The video cast explains how the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will use a constellation of satellites to achieve... (View More)

Using common items - a glass soft drink bottle, a straw, clay and food coloring - students assemble and calibrate a thermometer and then use it to measure outdoor temperatures. Students record and graph the temperature data and, additionally,... (View More)

Keywords: Temperature

Air traffic (and therefore airplane contrails) was halted nationwide for nearly three days following September 11, 2001. Students will investigate whether that stoppage resulted in any changes to cloud cover, temperature and/or radiation. Using the... (View More)

Participants respond to 10 multiple-choice questions related to glaciers and ice-caps. Immediate feedback, explanations and a final score are provided.

Keywords: Interactive

Using the MY NASA DATA Live Access Server (LAS), students gather data on both solar radiation and surface temperature for two same-latitude locations. Students then create online graphs of that data to allow for analysis and comparison. This lesson... (View More)

This lithograph features an image of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite. The back provides an overview of the mission and an explanation of how it builds on the work of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Also included... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This video summarizes the contributions of NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) toward the understanding of weather and climate, global rainfall, El Niño, and tropical storms, as well as the applications of that science. TRMM was... (View More)

This poster features NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. The front features an image of the GPM Core Observatory satellite along with the constellation of satellites that will accompany it. Background information is provided on... (View More)

This short video (02:48) profiles Steve Nesbitt, a scientist affiliated with NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Following a brief description of his career pathway, Nesbitt provides both an overview of the GPM mission as well as... (View More)

This short video (~2 minutes) explains how a raindrop falls through the atmosphere and why a more accurate look at raindrops can improve estimates of global precipitation. This information is important to scientists working on the Global... (View More)

This short video includes interviews with several key engineers who built and tested the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Interviewees include: Beth Weinstein, GPM integration and test... (View More)

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

This series of 28 captioned images depict some the positive and some of the negative influences on the global carbon cycle, including industrial pollution, deforestation, waste disposal, transportation, and recycling. The Climate Kids website is a... (View More)

Keywords: Carbon cycle
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This series of 12 captioned images depict some of the issues facing Earth’s fresh water supply, such as pollution, drought, and glacial retreat. The Climate Kids website is a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Arctic warming produces biological winners (whales) and losers (polar bears). This article explains why they are impacted differently and includes supplemental images. This lesson is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Adding lemon juice to water increases the water's acidity; adding carbon dioxide to water will also increase acidity. The effects of the carbon dioxide acidification of ocean water from burning fossil fuels are discussed and images of some of the... (View More)

Keywords: Greenhouse gases
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The consequences of both sea ice melting and increases in ocean water temperature are presented in this examination of sea level- another of Earth's vital signs. This lesson is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

These animated stories follow the adventures of a polar bear and a fish. In the two episodes here, one just over four minutes, the other just over five, the duo come face to face with worldwide environmental changes. This lesson is part of the... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

One of Earth's vital signs, the extent of sea ice cover in the Arctic, is examined. An image and accompanying text describe the extent and consequences of the reduction in that sea ice. This article is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This online game allows participants to maneuver solar panels and a wind turbine in order to provide electricity to light five homes. Background information on sources of electricity- fossil fuels, solar energy and wind energy- is also presented.... (View More)

Keywords: Solar power
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This series of 7 captioned images depict sources, causes and results of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. This lesson is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games focused on... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This article examines the ocean's role in heat absorption and carbon dioxide absorption. The consequences of changes in those, as well as in ocean water salinity, are discussed. The article is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

NASA scientists, using several NASA Earth observing satellites, continue to seek answers to questions related to climate change. Several of those questions, focused on such topics as the effect of clouds and aerosols, and the role of the sun's... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

A question and answer format is used to differentiate between weather and climate, and to provide a brief overview of global warming. This lesson is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The term "global average temperature" is defined and its importance in monitoring climate change is discussed. A supplemental column makes the analogy between Earth’s temperature and human vital signs. This lesson is part of the Climate Kids... (View More)

Keywords: Global warming
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The brief introduction to El Niño presented in this article also offers insights into its role during the quiet 2009 hurricane season. This article is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

Use the imbedded sliding scale to observe changes in sea ice distribution, carbon emission levels and average global temperatures over time, as well as the effects of variations in sea level rise along coastal regions. This interactive is part of... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

The movement of Arctic air, known as the Arctic oscillation, can and will cause periodic extreme winter weather outside the Arctic region - the harsh winter experienced in many parts of the U.S. in 2010 is a recent example. This article explains the... (View More)

Keywords: Climate change
Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This question is addressed through a series of questions and answers, each providing related introductory information such as how climate change is studied, the history of Earth’s climate, and the effects of climate change on Earth’s geology and... (View More)

This series of 18 captioned images depict several weather and climate-related events such as flooding, drought, glacial retreat and wind erosion. The Climate Kids website is a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games... (View More)

Audience: Informal education
Materials Cost: Free
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