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This activity is about how climate change may impact organisms and ecosystems. Learners will answer questions and discuss a number of resources provided, including a video clip, on the impacts of climate change on bark beetle populations and... (View More) forests. Working in small groups, they will then make a short presentation with a poster that explains the bark beetle epidemic and possible management solutions. They will understand that changing the balance of an ecosystem produces changes in the availability of food and shelter, can increase uncertainty for communities of living things and can impact the occurrence of fires and other natural hazards. Student worksheets, suggested extensions/adaptations, and additional resources are included. This activity is part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This manual provides simple demonstrations to show how lenses and mirrors are used to create telescopes. It was created for use by the Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs.
This manual provides an overview of how telescopes have changed our understanding of the universe and contains simple demonstrations to use at star parties to get across basic ideas of optics. This manual will also help explain why the images that... (View More) folks see at the eyepiece of a telescope at an outreach star party is so different from images published in magazines. The manual was produced to accompany an outreach toolkit developed for the NASA Night Sky Network. The toolkit is no longer being manufactured, but the activities are available through the manual, which can be freely downloaded. (View Less)