Astronomy Picture of the Day HERE
Amazing Space HERE
This website is part of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and contains a set of interactive, web-based activities and lessons designed for classroom use. Topics include the Hubble Space Telescope, galaxies, comets, black holes, light, and the solar system.
Digital library for Earth System Education HERE
DLESE is the Digital Library for Earth System Education, a free resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. DLESE's development was funded by the National Science Foundation and continues to be built by a distributed community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels.
DLESE is operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Computational and Information Systems Laboratory and the NCAR Library on behalf of the education community. DLESE provides:
- Easy access to quality teaching and learning resources about the Earth as a system for a wide range of learners.
- Services to help users effectively create, use and evaluate digital learning resources.
- Interfaces and tools to allow student exploration of Earth data .
- Resources in DLESE include lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips - in short, any web-accessible teaching or learning material.
- Many of these resources are organized in collections, or groups of related resources that reflect a coherent, focused theme. In many ways, digital collections are analogous to collections in traditional libraries.
- All resources in DLESE have been contributed by community members, are relevant to Earth system education, and are checked periodically for technical stability. The Reviewed Collection includes those DLESE resources that have been more closely examined and are considered exemplary.
- Finally, DLESE serves as the geoscience node in the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL serves the broader communities of science, technology, engineering, and math education.
Groundwater Activity: Edible Earth Parfaits HERE
In this activity, students build an edible aquifer using ice cream, food coloring, and other ingredients to represent the various layers. They will learn about groundwater, water tables, confining layers, contamination, and recharge. A link to a glossary of groundwater terms is provided
National Atlas Map HERE
An atlas that gathers and presents information designed to help us understand continental-scale environmental issues has been released by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).
The North American Environmental Atlas is intended for use by both environmental scientists and the citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Its maps and services are designed to help the public visualize environmental topics at a continental scale.
An example of this is the pollutant mapping tool in Google Earth that allows you to explore information about more than 30,000 facilities across our Nation, Mexico, and Canada. For professional users of geographic information, this Atlas offers basic cartographic and environmental data for the continent at no cost.
Nasa National Aeronautics and Space Administration HERE
NASA For Students HERE
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research.
These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future.
NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
In 2006 and beyond, NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:
Strengthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce
Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines
Engaging Americans in NASA's mission
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration HERE
NOAA EDUCATION OUTREACH
NOAA's many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.
NOAA PHOTO LIBRARY
The NOAA Photo Library has been built so as to capture the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency.
It also has been built in an attempt to capture NOAA's scientific heritage, which is in fact a heritage shared by much of the physical and environmental science communities in the United States today.
To date, over 32,000 images have been digitized and reside in the online NOAA Photo Library. This number will continue growing as long as there are environmental problems to study and solve, as long as the citizens of the United States are threatened by violent weather, as long as mariners need nautical charts, and as long as creatures of the sea need our protection to survive.
Until then, you are invited to join NOAA in this photographic essay that spans the World's oceans and atmosphere, carries you from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea, and travels through centuries of scientific thought and observations.
Planetary Photojournal HERE
View and download images from NASA missions. Sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this site lets you view and images of the solar system, stars and galaxies, small bodies, and the universe. All images provided by spacecraft from NASA missions. All images are in the public domain, and can be used for purposes of formal and informal education.
The Earth Science World Image Bank HERE
The Earth Science World Image Bank is a service provided by the American Geological Institute (AGI). This Image Bank is designed to provide quality geoscience images to the public, educators, and the geoscience community. The Image Bank now has over 6,000 images available to search, making it one of the largest sources of Earth Science imagery available on the web. NOTE: This site is a pre-pay site for print quality images.
USGS United States Geological Survey HERE
USGS RESOURCES FOR K-6
This Web site contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in primary school grades (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom or will be useful in classroom lessons or demonstration activities preparation, or as resources for teacher education and curriculum development.
USGS RESOURCES FOR GRADES 7-12
This Web site contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in secondary school grades (Grade 7 to Grade 12). Many of these resources can be used directly in the classroom (see Resource Symbols below) or will be useful in classroom lessons or demonstration activities preparation, or as resources for teacher education and curriculum development.
USGS EARTHQUAKE CENTER
Monitor worldwide earthquake activity; search regionally, globally, by size, etc.