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PLAN!T NOW - Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure
PLAN!T NOW's Young Meteorologist Program takes students on a severe weather preparedness adventure where they encounter lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms - all while learning about severe weather science and safety. Young Meteorologists are shown opportunities to put their knowledge to work in hands-on activities and community service projects. Players who complete the game earn a Young Meteorologist Certificate.

Lab Out Loud: Exploding Supernovae and Robotic Telescopes
Andy Howell, a scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and Adjunct Faculty in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, talks about studying supernovae, his work with robotic telescopes, and how science really happens.

Cretaceous Impact Resources
Online activities for grades 5-12: *Impact Craters and the KT Boundary *Changes Over Time - Microfossils in Blake’s Nose *Cretaceous Impact Kit (can be used for grades 5-8, 9-12, and informal education) *Blast from the Past poster

DLESE Teaching Boxes
DLESE Teaching Boxes are free, online classroom-ready instructional units created by a collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science.

Middle School Earth and Space Science Resources
Check out the resources LPI's STEP program has assembled for activities and presentations for over a dozen middle school Earth and space science topics.

LPI Educational Activities Directory
LPI has a sortable directory of Earth and Space Science activities, materials, powerpoints, and more. Topics include plate tectonics, lunar phases, seasons, solar system, and more. Search by topic, audience, grade level, engagement style, and according to alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Activities for Juno Mission's Arrival this Summer
The Juno mission is arriving at Jupiter on July 4 this year, and a variety of simple hands-on activities are ready for you to use! Check out Explore: Jupiter's Family Secrets, with activities exploring the scale of the solar system, weather on Jupiter and Earth, magnetic fields, planet density, and make scales to weigh yourself on other planets.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy: Cosmic Fiction, Drama, and Poetry
Obtain a free electronic article about approaching astronomy through fiction, drama, poetry, etc. from the Communicating Astronomy with the Public Journal. The article has many references to resources for further exploration, including to various collections of astronomical plays, and of verse influenced by astronomy.

Science Fiction with Good Astronomy & Physics
Obtain a free electronic updated subject guide to science fiction stories and novels which are based on reasonably good science (and can thus be recommended in introductory astronomy courses). While most of the stories are available only in print, a number are now published electronically free of charge, and links to those are included.

The "All-American" Eclipse of the Sun in 2017: Free Booklet
On August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from the U.S. and partially visible to 500 million people in other parts of the U.S. and North America. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is making available a popular-level introduction to help explain the eclipse, and how to view it, to students and the public. Obtain a free 8-page PDF booklet today!

Planetary Exploration in Science Education
Educators can engage students of all ages in planetary exploration, connecting them to current research and the reasons for exploring. In this edition of Universe in the Classroom, learn about the variety of ways planetary scientists explore the solar system, and how to actively engage learners in modeling the differences in data quality depending on the technology used to explore.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last.

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

New Traveling Exhibit - Protecting Our Home
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute has a new traveling library exhibit available for loan. The exhibit, Protecting our Home, discusses the threat of impacts from asteroids, the damage they can cause, and how scientists are studying asteroids to better understand how to mitigate potential impacts from space.

What's Up in the Atmosphere? (Elementary)
New Elementary GLOBE book on aerosols, with four activities: See the Light, Up in the Air, Why (Not) So Blue?, and Sky Observers.

NASA eClips: Real World (Middle School)
NASA eClips are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. The Real World series of NASA eClips connects classroom mathematics to 21st century careers and innovations and are designed for middle school students to develop an appreciation for mathematics through real-world problem solving.

Announcing EONET: The Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker
Browse the entire globe using specialized client applications (e.g., NASA WorldView, Google Earth) to look for natural events as they occur through NASA’s Earth Observatory Group's EONET: The Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker.