LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter
Online Climate and Energy Teaching Resources
The CLEAN program offers a digital collection of teaching materials and supporting materials for teaching about climate and energy. The collection includes 500 annotated online activities, videos, and visualizations on climate and energy for grades 6 - 16, and more.
Develop groundwater awareness with this app from the Groundwater Foundation. Available for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, the app features questions about conservation, irrigation, the water cycle, watersheds, pollution prevention, and other categories. For use with middle level and older students, the app keeps things lively by using various game-playing formats.
With EarthViewer, a free new interactive app for iPad, users can explore the Earth's history with the touch of a finger by scrolling through 4.5 billion years of geological evolution. The app tracks the planet's continental shifts, compares changes in climate as far back as the planet's origin, and explores the Earth's biodiversity over the last 540 million years. It combines visual analysis with hard data.
SpaceMath@NASA -- New Math Guides
Four new math guides have been released by SpaceMath@NASA: Exploring the Lunar Surface (Grades 3-5), Exploring Planetary Moons (Grades 3-6), Exploring Stars in the Milky Way (Grades 6-8), and Exploring the Milky Way (Grades 6-8).
SpacePlace Mission Chronicles
This blog presents stories, reflections, and mission information from the viewpoint of scientists and engineers working on NASA science.
Terminal Velocity Calculator
This NASA Applet will calculate the terminal velocity for an object on either Earth or Mars.
Astronomy Lectures on YouTube
The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures, featuring noted scientists giving nontechnical illustrated lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube Channel.
Lab Out Loud Podcast: Helping Students Imagine Mars
This NSTA podcast features David Delgado from the Imagine Mars Project, in which students work with scientists and engineers to design a future human community on Mars.
Earth Month 2013
In honor of Earth month, NASA has launched a beautiful new interactive image gallery that explores and highlights our latest understanding of Earth science and our changing planet. Included are spectacular images and visualizations to help understand the latest findings. Included is information on the decline of sea ice in the Arctic, a visualization of global aerosols, images of the latest storms, and much more.
Galaxy Size Comparison Chart
This graphic by Arecibo astrophysicist Rhys Taylor neatly illustrates the relative sizes of 25 selected galaxies.
"Faces of Earth" series on YouTube
AGI has released its award-winning "Faces of Earth" series on YouTube in full High Definition to promote wider use in K-12 classrooms. From the cacophony that originated Earth 4.6 billion years ago to the changes that shape it today, "Faces of Earth" explores the many facets of planet Earth.
GeoSTART helps middle- and high-school students develop geography, Earth science, and spatial thinking skills using NASA Earth Observing Missions remote sensing imagery and related data.
Visualization of 56 Years of Tornadoes in the US
Using information from data.gov, tech blogger John Nelson has created this spectacular image of tornado paths in the US over a 56 year period. The graphic categorizes the storms by F-scale with the brighter neon lines representing more violent storms.