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  • last updated 5/21/2018

    Volcanoes are a phenomenon rich in geologic, atmospheric and hydrologic Earth sciences (ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions) – and are also highly fascinating to the general public. This phenomenon hit the media on May 3, 2018 when Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea erupted. We were immediately captivated. We now anticipate daily updates. We are learning – and speaking – a new vocabulary: seismicity, rift zone, explosion, fissure, lava flow, spattering, volcanic glass, plume, and laze. As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the action continues - something to keep tuned in to and to learn from during the summer.

  • last updated 5/15/2018

    Informal learning activities directly related to LC Toolkit

  • last updated 5/15/2018

    Scheduled for launch during the summer of 2018 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Parker Solar Probe will head to the Sun – to give humanity the closest-ever observations of a star. Parker Solar Probe will explore and gather data on the Sun’s outer atmosphere - the corona. The data will not only revolutionize our understanding of the corona, but will also improve forecasting of major solar eruptions, and lead to better management of technology on Earth - as well as satellites and astronauts in space. Remind students to watch for updates on the launch over the summer and to read related articles as the mission progresses - to learn more about “the universe and its stars” (NGSS ESS1.A).

  • last updated 5/15/2018

    Solar System Scavenger Hunt

  • last updated 5/14/2018

    This is a list of resources which would be useful when using NASA EOS data to better understand and prevent vector-borne and water-related disease. It was prepared for the GPM Disease Initiative efforts.

  • last updated 5/11/2018

    The excitement is building - summer camp season is now just weeks away. Camp is the perfect environment to investigate the science of nature - to make extended observations, thoroughly analyze components, patiently look for patterns, and deeply question the causes and the effects. The resources below will assist you in working with your campers to examine soil, sunlight, birds, clouds, lakes, seeds, sound, stars, and planets. End the camp experience with these three activities (which can be found at the end of the list below): one emphasizing the interconnections of all Earth systems; another challenging campers to examine their impact on the environment. And, finally, celebrate the science side of camp by making and eating s'mores made in a solar oven! These resources can also support the NGSS disciplinary core ideas of ESS1, ESS2, ESS3, PS2, PS4, LS1, and LS2.

  • last updated 5/11/2018

    Farmers and their crops, along with the surface fresh water supplies on which they both rely, are benefiting from the thermal imagers aboard NASA’s Landsat 7 and Landsat 8 satellites. Discover how data from those instruments can determine evapotranspiration rates- and how farmers are using that information to maximize the efficiency of crop irrigation while conserving the freshwater supply. The resources listed below align to NGSS standards ESS2C (The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes) and ESS3C (Human Impacts on Earth Systems). Together the resources will lead students through a review of the water cycle, an examination of Landsat images, an understanding of evapotranspiration- and an appreciation of how earth, space, physical and biological sciences impact food production as well as the livelihoods of farmers.

  • last updated 5/10/2018
  • last updated 5/8/2018

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