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New LPI Education Website: Look Up!
Calling all educators! Are you looking for ideas to create new and exciting programs for your audiences? Celestial events (eclipses, meteor showers, etc.) are seen frequently from Earth while, in this age of planetary exploration, NASA spacecraft are often reaching important mission milestones. Use these celestial events and NASA mission milestones as unique opportunities to engage your audiences in solar system science and exploration! The Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX has created a new website called "Look Up!" containing resources, ideas, and tips for educators looking to create programs centered on solar system events. Visit us for programming ideas and events happening in 2014 (including Comet Siding Spring’s October 19th close encounter with Mars), 2015, and beyond!

NASA’s Space Place Educational Game: Offset!
NASA’s Space Place has a new educational game, Offset! Take matters into your own hands and help cut back on carbon emissions to slow the pace of global warming. Part pong, part resource-management, and 100% retro, this game is challenging, exciting, and educational. Players learn how the global carbon cycle works, about different sources of carbon, and about the ways alternative energy and restoration can help offset those resources.

NASA’s Climate Kids: Galleries of Change
NASA’s Climate Kids presents eight galleries that show rapidly changing climate conditions on our planet. This visual tool gives individuals the chance to explore climate change by highlighting key areas such as weather and climate, fresh water, air, oceans, energy sources, plants and animals, and technology.

eBook Reach for the Stars
"Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn" is a free eBook that can be downloaded from the iBook store, and is aimed at a Middle School audience but is appropriate for many ages. The eBook takes advantage of all the accessibility features (such as VoiceOver) available on an iPad to convince children with disabilities that they too can be seen pushing the barriers of science. Tactile overlays are available to help visually impaired people to explore graphs and Hubble Space Telescope images. Supplemental material has been designed for educators - and in particular for educators of children with disabilities - to show how to take full advantage of these eBook capabilities.

Explore Earth Science ‘Big Ideas’ in Videos, Classroom Activities
AGI offers award-winning videos and related classroom activities to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science, and has added dozens of additional activities selected specifically to help educators teach about core concepts of Earth science.