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National Park's Science Minute Movies
Science Minute Movies profile staff in eight Pacific Northwest national parks and offer behind-the-scenes looks at science in action.

Faces of Earth - Building the Planetx
Prepare to witness the explosion that formed planet Earth, and travel back in time to explore the evolution of the Earth we know today. See new technologies that allow today's geoscientists to strip back layers of the Earth, to see what previously could only be imagined. This is episode 1 of the 4 part Faces of Earth series.

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.

Curriculum Collections
The Curriculum Collections from the American Museum of Natural History offers activities, articles, videos, and more. Topics include biodiversity, deep sea vents, polar climate change, and more.

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!

Careers in Mining
Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the opportunity to make a difference. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. Listen to these interviews to see how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

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.

Free "NASA’s Journey to Mars" Planetarium/Dome Show
"NASA's Journey to Mars" is a short planetarium presentation that can be used in the educational domes of your school district, as well as local planetariums, to inspire interest in STEM. Learn how you can acquire the show for use in your area.

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.