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The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ...

The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ocean plays in global environmental cycles and processes. COSEE activities highlight the contributions ocean-science researchers make to scientific knowledge in these important areas. Each COSEE represents one or more ocean science research institution, an informal science education organization, and at least one affiliate organization representing the formal education community.

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Information Science
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
Above Water: Buoyancy & Displacement
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In an investigation called "Shape It!" learners craft tiny boats out of ...

In an investigation called "Shape It!" learners craft tiny boats out of clay, set them afloat on water and then add weight loads to them, in order to explore: how objects stay afloat in water; what the relationship is among surface tension, buoyancy, density and displacement; and how shape, size, and type of material affect an object's ability to remain buoyant. The introductory text discusses how heavy steel ships can float on bodies of water like rivers, bays and oceans.

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Engineering
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Mathematics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
State of New Jersey
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Liberty Science Center
New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Education
New Jersey School Age Care Coalition
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Acid Test Video: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
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This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which ...

This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years. The film, featuring Sigourney Weaver, originally aired on Discovery Planet Green. A related curriculum kit is available at: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/files/labkit.pdf

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Economics
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National Resources Defense Council
Our Changing Oceans and Estuaries
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Natural Resources Defense Council - written by Daniel Hinerfeld
Adaptation: A Way of Life, Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations
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This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals ...

This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals are well-adapted to life in the desert and thrive on little moisture and high temperatures. There are extension lessons as well as a drawing activity.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Aerogel
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This activity/demo introduces learners to aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Learners discover how ...

This activity/demo introduces learners to aerogel, a glass nanofoam. Learners discover how aerogel is made and how well it insulates as well as learn about aerogel's other unique properties. Learners see real aerogel and feel how well it insulates.

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Manufacturing
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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Nanoscience Informal Science Education
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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NISE Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
National Science Foundation
NISE Network
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Afterimage
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In this activity about light and perception, learners discover how a flash ...

In this activity about light and perception, learners discover how a flash of light can create a lingering image called an "afterimage" on the retina of the eye. Learners will be surprised when they continue to see an image of a bright object after staring at it and looking away. Use this activity to introduce learners to principles of optics and perception as well as to explain why the full moon often appears larger when it is on the horizon than when it is overhead. This lesson guide also includes a few extensions like how to take "afterimage photographs."

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Engineering
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
The Aftermath
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Multiple activity, comprehensive lesson plan includes background information, grading rubric, information on ...

Multiple activity, comprehensive lesson plan includes background information, grading rubric, information on associated learning standards and assessment, as well as links to additional external resources. Activity explores the concepts of a hurricane's impact on the environment, society, and economics of a given community. Students map the potential storm surge and flooding on a topographic map and locate and report on past hurricanes in a specific geographical region.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Air Lift
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In this physics activity, challenge learners to lift a book with just ...

In this physics activity, challenge learners to lift a book with just air using a plastic bag and a straw. This activity demonstrates compressed air and forces.

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Education
Chemistry
Physics
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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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Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
Alaska Museum of Natural History
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Ever wanted to have your own volcano laboratory, but didn't want to ...

Ever wanted to have your own volcano laboratory, but didn't want to clean up all that lava? Be a super-scientist and create your own volcano online. The Alaska Museum of Natural History is dedicated to the study and exhibition of Alaska‰ŰŞs natural history and to promoting and developing educational programs which benefit students and enrich the curricula of schools and universities. The Museum focuses on Alaska's unique geological, cultural, and ecological history. In addition to Make Your Own Volcano, the website offers extensive links, resources and educational modules including Kids Activity Sheets, Dinosaurs of Alaska, the Broken Mammoth Archeological Site, and Dinosaur Tracks, which explores the information that can be gleaned from the study of footprints.

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Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Alfred Wegener Institute
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Located in Bremerhaven, Germany, the Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the ...

Located in Bremerhaven, Germany, the Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, the Antarctic and at temperate latitudes. It coordinates Polar research in Germany and provides both the necessary equipment and the essential logistic back up for polar expeditions. Site provides information current research, ships, field stations, and much more. Resource section provides a wealth of data, information, images, software, and links to additional resources.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Data
Images and Illustrations
Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
DLESE Community Collection
DLESE Community Collection
All About Glaciers
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This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. ...

This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. It explores nearly all aspects of glaciers and includes data and science, facts, a gallery, and a glossary.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Images and Illustrations
Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Richard Armstrong
All About Sea Ice
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This comprehensive site is an introduction to sea ice: what it is, ...

This comprehensive site is an introduction to sea ice: what it is, how it forms, how it is studied, how it affected historical expedition in the polar regions, and what role it plays in the global climate. The site contains a glossary of sea ice terms and references to additional information, which all serve as an excellent introduction. Data are also available from various collection methods for student interpretation.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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Data
Images and Illustrations
Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Bridge-NOAA Collection
All Mixed Up!
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In this activity, learners separate a mixture of pebbles, salt crystals, and ...

In this activity, learners separate a mixture of pebbles, salt crystals, and wood pieces. They add water and pour the mixture through a strainer. The pebbles are left in the beaker, the wood is caught by the strainer, and the salt stays dissolved in the water. The main idea is that different physical properties of the components can be used for separating them, and that evaporation can be used to isolate a solute from a solution. This activity is currently used in the Nature of Matter Unit in OMSI's Chemistry Lab. Cost estimates are per 100 learners.

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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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
Author:
National Science Foundation
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
All Wound Up
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In this activity, learners build a racecar using only a rubber band, ...

In this activity, learners build a racecar using only a rubber band, spool, straw, and paper clip! This racer is a classic toy that zips across a flat surface. The activity links to different ideas about stored energy and motion energy. Also included are suggestions for ways to take your racer to the next level - hills!

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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PBS
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Arby's
Greendog
National Science Foundation
Public television viewers
WGBH
Aluminum Boats
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Test the buoyancy of an aluminum foil boat and an aluminum foil ...

Test the buoyancy of an aluminum foil boat and an aluminum foil ball. Why does the same material in different shapes sink or float? This activity explores the fact that the amount of water pushed aside by an object equals the force of water pushing upward on the object.

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Engineering
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
Author:
New York Hall of Science
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
American Oyster
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Information on the anatomy and life history of the American or Atlantic ...

Information on the anatomy and life history of the American or Atlantic oyster, Crassostrea virginica, also known in the Chesapeake Bay region as the native oyster. Access information on the oyster's background, habitat, life cycle, threats, and restoration efforts. Site links to external information including survey and stock assessment, oyster disease research, and oyster anatomy. Also access oyster publications, status and trends, and a wealth of data sets.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
American Sail Training Association
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Non-profit organization for sailing youth education, leadership development and maritime heritage offers ...

Non-profit organization for sailing youth education, leadership development and maritime heritage offers several resources. Included are sail training, conference, grant and scholarship opportunities in addition to sailing journals and membership information.

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Environmental Science
Maritime Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Analyzing Star Trails
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In this activity, students examine a photograph of the night sky and ...

In this activity, students examine a photograph of the night sky and answer questions about their observations. The picture, taken by a high school student in upstate New York, offers insight into the Earth's rotation, apparent star motion, the location of Polaris (the North Star), circumpolar constellations, and pointer stars.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Steve Kluge
And Tomorrow's Forecast Is...
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In this lesson plan students create original short stories that feature distinctive ...

In this lesson plan students create original short stories that feature distinctive weather phenomena such as rainbows, snowstorms, tornadoes, thunder, and lightning. Teachers ask students to list interesting weather events, read aloud a few examples of stories that incorporate weather phenomena, and discuss the role that weather played in the stories. Once the students have selected a weather phenomenon as a starter, the story map that is provided helps them construct a setting, develop characters and a plot, and decide upon a resolution. Other materials include teaching options and links to other lesson plans and related resources.

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Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)