This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and sharks. Explore special features on mammals, skulls, and frog calls. Students are invited to contribute.
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Located near Townsville, North Queensland, AIMS researchers collect and analyze data to improve our understanding of the marine world, and to find science-based management practices that ensure long-term sustainable use and development of marine resources. Site features information on facilities, faculty, current projects, open house and other events, and employment opportunities. Also features the Mariner's Journal, a log from several AIMS research cruises.
Located in Newport, Oregon, Hatfield Marine Science Center plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for students. Site features information on courses, seminars, facilities, and current research. Education Programs section includes teacher and student resources. Resources applicable to local and distant educators.
This video is the first installment in the GLOBE Program's webinar series on the basics of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The series focuses on how GLOBE teaching resources are aligned to the standards. Webinar 1 explains NGSS Conceptual Shifts 1 (Science Education Should Reflect the Interconnected Nature of Science as it is Practiced and Experienced in the Real World) and 2 (The Next Generation Science Standards are student performance expectations - NOT curriculum).
Podcasts of the Science Update radio show are available by subscription, or they can be streamed or downloaded directly from the website. These daily sixty-second radio features, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), cover the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine. Subscription podcasts are delivered each Friday directly to subscribers' computers. Archived shows dating back to December 2005 are available.
This NSTA WebNews Digest discusses selecting and using inquiry-based science activities for the classroom. It includes rubrics and checklists for assessing instructional materials. This resource is intended for use in the classroom by K-12 teachers.
In this lesson students will learn to understand the following: 1) Infrared rays from the sun enter Earth's atmosphere. The gas carbon dioxide (CO2), which is given off by oxygen-breathing organisms and produced by the burning of fossil fuels, traps the sun's warmth within Earth's atmosphere. This phenomenon is known as the greenhouse effect. 2) The greenhouse effect is important to life on Earth because it provides our planet with the warmth it needs for animal and plant life to thrive. 3) The burning of certain fuels creates excess CO2, which traps even more heat within Earth's atmosphere, possibly creating a phenomenon known as global warming, which may be harmful to life on Earth.
The Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) is a software framework for analyzing and visualizing geoscience data sets collected by the Unidata Program. The IDV may be used to display and analyze satellite imagery, gridded data, surface observations, balloon soundings, radar data and more. Most of the data are provided in real time or near-real time. The IDV can display data anywhere on the globe with a wide selection of map projections and map backgrounds including a 3D spherical globe. Over 20 kinds of 2D and 3D data displays allow users to create cross-sections, profiles, animations and value read-outs of multi-dimensional data sets. A useful feature of the site is the ability to save displays in "bundle" files for use in classroom and lab exercises. Thorough and easy-to-follow directions for IDV installation and use are provided and annual training workshops are offered by Unidata. The data viewer is available for a free download, and data sets are available to participants who are affiliated with a degree-granting institution or a non-profit institution with an education and/or research mission. This resource is part of the Using Data collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/
The Virtual Microscope is a full-fledged simulation that allows users to select and position slides, adjust lighting, magnification and focus, and measure specimens. A narrated demonstration is available to guide students through the steps required to bring a specimen into focus. There is also a checklist that indicates which steps have been completed successfully.
This site provides two interactive exercises designed to help the user learn about river processes like discharge, flooding and flood frequency. Both exercises require the user to make observations and measurements, do simple calculations, and answer questions.