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1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey
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Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of ...

Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of water were dependent upon winds and currents to drive the sailing ships. Thus good navigation routes were often determined by prevailing weather conditions such as the Trade Winds, and then discovered by explorers. In this lesson, students will explore the wind climatology for the Atlantic Ocean basin (as determined by satellite data from the past ten years), and then compare it to the route documented by Columbus in 1492.

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Engineering
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physical Geography
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Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
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NASA
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My NASA DatA+
NASA Wavelength
Author:
Malinda Burk
1900 Air Pollution
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This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA ...

This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA special What's Up with the Weather?, reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal- and oil-burning power plants, cars, and other fossil-fuel-burning sources have climbed along with the world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

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Physics
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Data
Images and Illustrations
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Lesson Plans
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NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
1993 Missouri River Flood Exercise
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An exercise on the effects of flooding that took place in the ...

An exercise on the effects of flooding that took place in the upper Mississippi River drainage basin in 1993, using before and after satellite images.

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Hydrology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
John Bartley
2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Project
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Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for ...

Students are employees of a unit of the United Nations responsible for coordinating disaster relief after a major disaster (the 2004 Asian Earthquake and Tsunami) occurs. The agency needs to understand the situation in each country so that it can coordinate the work of various governments and NGO (nongovernmental organizations) working in the affected area.

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Geology
Oceanography
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Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Char Bezanson, Eastview High School, Apple Valley, Minnesota
2013 CAR Breakfast Briefing Series - Automotive Fuels and Emissions - Policies Compliance and Potential Impact of Future Technologies
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This resource contains presentations from one of the Center for Automotive Research's ...

This resource contains presentations from one of the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR's) breakfast briefings titled "Automotive Fuels and Emissions: Policies, Compliance, & Potential Impact of Future Technologies." This briefing occurred on 12/5/13 at Robert Bosch LLC in Farmington Hills, MI. At the briefing presenters discussed the strategic implications of Tier 3 regulations which will soon be finalized and may impact future technology decisions in a multitude of ways. The impact of Tier 3 emission regulations is expected to be far reaching as they have the potential to influence the quality of fuel, as well as usage of alternative fuels and powertrains. Further, the regulations will have a direct influence on the technologies, such as diesel and gasoline direct injection, that automakers will utilize to meet the fuel economy standards through MY2025. Included in this resource are the presentations from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Volkswagen, and Bosch utilized at the briefing.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Automotive Technology and Repair
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Data
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plans
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Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
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Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition: What's Next for the Electric Highway?
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This resource contains speaker presentations from the 2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition. ...

This resource contains speaker presentations from the 2013 Plug-In Conference and Exposition. This conference took place September 30, 2013 to October 3, 2013 at Liberty Station in San Diego, CA and had the theme What's Next for the Electric Highway? This event brought together automotive manufacturers, component suppliers, electric utilities, government agencies, academia, and the environmental community to collaborate on the next steps in plug-in electric vehicle technology, infrastructure, policies and regulations, and market development.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Automotive Technology and Repair
Manufacturing
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Case Study
Data
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
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Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
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Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
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Electric Power Research Institute
2050
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This interactive addresses the question if we can reduce CO2 emissions by ...

This interactive addresses the question if we can reduce CO2 emissions by 20% of 1990 levels and help avoid dangerous climate change? Users of this interactive can manipulate changes to various sources and uses (supply and demand) of energy with the goal of reducing C02 emissions in Great Britain by 80% in the year 2050.

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Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Simulations
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK
22 Years of Sea Surface Temperatures
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This NOAA visualization video on YouTube shows the seasonal variations in sea ...

This NOAA visualization video on YouTube shows the seasonal variations in sea surface temperatures and ice cover for the 22 years prior to 2007 based on data collected by NOAA polar-orbiting satellites (POES). El Niъбo and La Niъбa are easily identified, as are the trends in decreasing polar sea ice.

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Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Visualizations
2-Day Investigation of Soil Samples
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This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation ...

This activity is designed for a primary classroom (outdoors & indoors) investigation where students collect and investigate soil samples and describe the soils, looking for similarities and differences. Students develop a method of recording the data colleted and can present the information gathered.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
3-2-1 Blast off
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Students understand how satellites are placed in orbit by launching marbles into ...

Students understand how satellites are placed in orbit by launching marbles into space, using two plastic rulers and clay. They describe the forces that determine the trajectory of flight. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Phenomenal Weather. Lesson objectives supported by the video, additional resources, teaching tips and an answer sheet are included in the teacher's guide.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
3-2-1 POP!
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In this physics activity, learners build their own rockets out of film ...

In this physics activity, learners build their own rockets out of film canisters and construction paper. Learners discover how a chemical reaction (from a mix of water and Alka-Seltzer) creates gas pressure to propel the craft. The activity explores the three states of matter and Newtonäóťs Laws of Motion.

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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COSI
3...2...1 Puff!
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In this activity, learners build small indoor paper rockets, determine their flight ...

In this activity, learners build small indoor paper rockets, determine their flight stability, and launch them by blowing air through a drinking straw. This lesson plan includes procedures for the two part activity, background information, diagrams for making Ares 1 paper rockets, discussion questions, extensions, and black-line masters for learners.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Deborah A. Shearer
Gregory L. Vogt, Ed.D.
NASA
5 Faces of Hurricane Mitch
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In this activity, students examine visible and infrared satellite images of Hurricane ...

In this activity, students examine visible and infrared satellite images of Hurricane Mitch to learn how remote sensing provides crucial information to forecast the size and strength of a tropical storm. They plot the hurricane on a hurricane tracking chart, and measure the storms width, and the size of the eye. Satellite images and the hurricane tracking chart are provided. Summary background information, data and images supporting the activity are available on the Earth Update data site. To complete the activity, students will need to access the Space Update multimedia collection, which is available for download and purchase for use in the classroom.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we ...

This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
AAAS - Global Climate Change Video
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This video features residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, plus environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert ...

This video features residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, plus environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and scientist John Holdren, exploring the human impacts of global climate change. The roles of teachers, scientists, policymakers, and concerned citizens in mitigating the changes are highlighted.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Video Lectures
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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AAAS
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AH-CHOO!: A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
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As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate ...

As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate warms, the hay fever season seems to be getting longer and more severe. In this case study, students assume the a role of a public relations specialist contracted to communicate the link between climate change and pollen allergies. The activity focuses on the importance of scientific skills to careers outside science, and is most suitable for a lower-level introductory biology, human health, or environmental science course.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
Juanita Constible
Luke Sandro
Richard E. Lee, Jr.
AIRNow: Air Quality Information
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AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and ...

AIRNow is a cross-agency U.S. government web site that provides information and forecasts of air quality across the country. The organization's home page features news articles, information on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and highlighted forecasts for areas with AQIs of special concern. An interactive map shows weather systems, winds, and areas where air quality is likely to be compromised by ozone, particulates, ultraviolet radiation, or other pollutants, with links to current conditions, forecasts, and webcams for selected cities. There are also links to educational materials on air quality for younger students, interactive features and visual materials for older students, and curriculum materials for teachers. Other resources include information on AQI for health providers, older adults, and TV weathercasters; information on air quality and personal health, smoke from fires, and links to air quality information from other countries.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
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Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
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Reference
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
United States Environmental Protection Agency