14 September 2014
Celebrating Biodiversity, Big and Small
Kick off the new academic year with some amazing new resources that explore biodiversity on our planet and how to sustain the environment for future generations. Many of them were produced through a partnership between Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
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10 September 2014
Polar Science: A Teachers Guide to Climate Change Workshop
If you are a 7th-12th grade teacher, you will want to attend this FREE Polar Science Teacher Workshop on Friday, January 30, 2014 from 8am - 4 pm at The Pennsylvania State University. ACT 48 credits are provided. Free parking and lunch are provided. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to bring their students to campus for Polar day (Friday, March 20, 2015) with school bus/van expenses paid by The Polar Center.
Registration is FREE! Space is limited, 24-30 spots available.
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03 September 2014
EPI Offers Marine Education Fellowship
The Marine Education Fellowship, sponsored by Ecology Project International, brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education.
The Marine Education Fellowship is primarily designed for high school teachers. However, 8th grade teachers, college professors, school administrators, and travel program coordinators are welcome to apply. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in science education and will be committed to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. Applicants must have plans to continue teaching after their participation in the Fellowship, and past participating Fellows are ineligible to reapply. Accepted Fellows pay a $250 tuition fee by Oct. 31, 2014 to secure their participation. All in-country expenses for the fellowship are covered by EPI except international airfare. In-country transportation, meals, lodging, instruction and activity fees are included at no extra cost. To apply, please visit http://www.ecologyproject.org/get_involved/mefenroll.
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31 August 2014
Join NE-ASTE in New York, NY on October 16-17, 2014
The Association for Science Education Teachers (ASTE) is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels. CHANCE is proud to announce the 2014 Northeast Region Association for Science Teacher Education (NE-ASTE) meeting. The conference will be held in NYC with events hosted at Teachers College and the American Museum of Natural History from the afternoon of Thursday, October 16th through early evening, Friday, October 17th. The deadline to submit proposals and for advanced registration is October 1st.
Multiple hotel options and new fee structures are in place encourage the entire science teacher education community to attend.
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24 July 2014
Consider Starting a DIY Club or Classroom!
DIY is the best way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges. The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids already have! If you're a middle school teacher, consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.
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21 July 2014
Apply to be a Smith Fellow!
The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowships. The deadline to apply for a 2015 Smith Fellowship is 12 September 2014. These two-year postdoctoral fellowships in conservation research enable outstanding early-career scientists to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts towards problems of pressing conservation concern. Please visit the proposal page of the Smith Fellows website to learn about eligibility criteria, proposal guidelines, and the application process. The Smith Fellows Program is a partnership between SCB and the Cedar Tree Foundation. Questions about the program may be directed to Program Coordinator Shonda Foster.
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07 July 2014
Improvement Science Workshop
November 5-7, 2014
Carnegie Foundation Headquarters, Stanford, CA
Getting Ideas Into Action Learn how to use an approach to educational problems proven successful in other industries for decades. Carnegie's Improvement Science Workshop is designed for people on the front lines—principals, counselors, operations staff, teachers, and advisors—who are interested in integrating improvement into their organization. Getting Ideas Into Action, designed for small teams, is a three-day workshop, followed by three post-workshop webinars. It will help teams solve an organization problem by applying the principles and tools of improvement science. This "learning by doing" event will build your capability to effectively implement and integrate improvement methodology within your organization. Participation by groups of 2-5 people working on the same project is strongly encouraged.
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22 June 2014
AAAS Project 2061 Needs Reviewers For Green Schools Energy
AAAS Project 2061 is seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy curriculum for the middle grades. The Project 2061 research team has developed an outline that describes what a Green Schools Energy course might look like and invites you to review it, provide your comments, and complete a brief online survey. As an incentive, reviewers will become eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Mary Koppal at (202) 326-6643 or email@example.com.
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22 June 2014
Register Today For The Life Discovery Conference
You are invited to the 2nd Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference being held October 3-4, 2014 at San José State University, California. This year's theme is Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology. Discover ideas that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to implement to meet:
27 May 2014
KSTF Teaching Fellowship Webinar
Are you an early-career high school teachers who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is dedicated to challenging and supporting all students? If so, the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) Teaching Fellowship could help you succeed in ways they've never imagined. Through its comprehensive five-year Teaching Fellowship, beginning high school teachers become part of a community of U.S. educators committed to leading from the classroom and becoming change agents in education. KSTF Fellows receive stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership and mentoring.
Applications for 2015 Teaching Fellowships will be accepted until 12:00 a.m. PST on October 29, 2014.
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12 May 2014
Exploring the Environment: Global Climate Change Modules
Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six-related scenarios.
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27 April 2014
Call for Proposals: Biology Education Research Symposium
All life sciences education researchers, from elementary to graduate levels, are welcome to participate in the 6th Annual Biology Education Research Symposium. This popular event will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
You are invited to submit a proposal to present your research in biology education during this refereed session. All papers will go through double blind peer review and accepted papers will be presented during the symposium and published online in the 2014 Proceedings. The format will be a traditional presentation for papers by individual or co-authors lasting 15 minutes each with an additional five - ten minutes for questions.
The Annual Biology Education Research Symposium is coordinated by the NABT Four-Year College & University Section's Biology Education Research Committee. The proposal submission deadline is midnight on June 15, 2014.
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05 April 2014
AAAS Project 2061 Needs Field Testers
AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students' understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students in Spring 2014. You are invited to participate in field testing these assessment items, and criteria is below:
The registration deadline is April 9, 2014 and please visit http://www.aaas.org/news/teachers-needed-science-assessment-field-tests for information and registration.
23 March 2014
Science in the Classroom (SiTC) Needs Contributing Editors!
SitC is a collection of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials designed to help students understand the structure and workings of professional scientific research. The editor of SiTC is looking for volunteers to help write content for the Science in the Classroom page. As a Contributing Editor you will have the opportunity to share your science knowledge with aspiring scientists and to contribute to the enhancement of STEM education by making Science papers accessible to a diverse audience.
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23 March 2014
17th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers -
Teaching Contemporary Global Issues
Presented by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Duquesne University, this unique event will help teachers to update their content knowledge, access resources necessary to prepare students for their futures, and create innovative lesson plans and curricula. Specially, this three-day workshop will provide:
15 March 2014
EECapacity Project Needs Professors of Education
The EECapacity Project is seeking professors of education in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin who would like to bring environmental education to their work with pre-service teachers. The EECapacity Project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and strives to build capacity for environmental education, especially in urban areas. If you would like to join the EECapacity Project, you will be reimbursed up to $800 to cover your conference registration fees and travel expenses so that you can attend the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in Ottawa, Canada, October 8-11, 2014. For more information contact Sue Gentile at firstname.lastname@example.org
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26 February 2014
EPA EE Update - Final Week for Teacher Award Applications
Applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators are due on February 28! The award recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.
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25 January 2014
Enter Your Students In International Carbon Footprint Challenge
You and your students are invited to participate in the February 2014 International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC). This innovative program fosters communication among students across the globe and can spark visionary solutions to global environmental problems using an innovative social learning network. In the ISCFC, secondary school students first measure the impact of their transportation, home energy, food, and personal purchase choices using a student-oriented carbon footprint calculator, with results calibrated for every country in the world. ISCFC teachers then share class data with classes around the globe and use the social learning network to engage students in meaningful and in-depth international conversations about carbon footprints and possible solutions to shared environmental problems. As students scrutinize their own carbon production they look for ways to minimize their impact. The next session of the ISCFC will begin the week of February 3, 2014.
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01 January 2014
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program Now Accepting Applications
The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions. This opportunity is designed to give current K-12 classroom teachers and informal educators from the 50 U.S. states, Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico the opportunity to extend Grosvenor's legacy of excellence in geographic education. Through the program, exemplary educators are recognized for their commitment to geographic education and are given the opportunity to be actively engaged in finding new ways to bring geographic awareness to their classrooms or informal learning environments through a field-based experience.
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December 21, 2014
USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) Registration Now Open
Teachers and your students are invited to participate in the 2014 USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). As the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USABO enriches the life science education of thousands of talented students each year.
To participate, students undergo two rounds of challenging exams, which results in twenty Finalists being invited to a residential training program to learn advanced biological concepts and exacting lab skills at Purdue University, the Home of the USABO National Finals. Ultimately, four students qualify to represent the USA at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO), a worldwide competition involving student teams from over sixty countries.
Visit the new USABO website»
12 November 2013
Environmental Concern (EC) Workshops
The following EC courses are designed for formal and non-formal educators who are interested in learning more about wetlands, and who would like to bring the excitement of wetland education into their classroom. No courses in your area? No problem. We can bring all of the courses to you - contact the education department to learn more. Need a specific wetland course? No problem. We can create a custom course to meet your needs.
WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands introduces participants to wetland ecology through a study of the three parameters of wetlands: vegetation, soils and hydrology. Participants will also learn about wetland functions and values by utilizing K-12 cross curricular, inquiry based activities. Leave with a wetland resource guide with over 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, and ideas for student action projects.
Rain Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is a one-day course that introduces educators to the concept of rain gardens and their value as schoolyard habitats. Participants will understand how rain gardens benefit the environment by improving the watershed and how they can be used as an extension of the classroom. Participants will leave with the basic knowledge of how to plan, design and implement a rain garden from start to finish.
POW! The Planning of Wetlands exposed participants to the step-by-step process for creating or enhancing wetlands on school grounds or within the community. POW! guides participants through wetland design and construction with the goal of utilizing the habitat as an outdoor classroom. Leave with cross curricular activities that allow students to participate in the design, installation, and monitoring of a schoolyard wetland habitat.
7 October 2013
Announcing the CSATS Saturday Science 2013‐2014 Workshops!
All workshops are FREE to teachers and include a free continental breakfast and lunch. Act 48 credits are available for $10.00 and each workshop is held at Penn State – University Park from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm. Workshops are aligned to the PA Science and Technology, and Engineering Education Standards and the NGSS. Center for Science and the Schools The Pennsylvania State University (CSATS) thanks the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium for their generous financial support of these workshops. Check out all the offerings and register soon!
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22 September 2013
Conservation Classroom Resources
Open a world of ideas in your classroom with educational tools based on stories from Conservation, an award-winning science magazine published by the University of Washington. These classroom resources include discussion questions, downloadable worksheets, multidisciplinary project ideas, and additional reading for advanced high school and undergraduate students. Article topics include climate, energy, oceans, food, policy, and international conservation. Explore the archive at: http://conservationmagazine.org/educators/
21 September 2013
8 Educational Apps for Virtual Field Trips
With more and more schools providing iPads to students, you might want to check out these educational apps that allow students to take virtual field trips.
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10 September 2013
Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Seek Students To Solve Environmental Issues In Sixth Annual 'Siemans We Can Change The World Challenge
As global environmental challenges increase, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are looking to our country's future leaders and problem-solvers for innovative solutions. Since 2008, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge has tasked K-12 students, under the guidance of an advisor, with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom, school or community and creating a replicable green solution for the chance to earn more than $300,000 in scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, and more.
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28 August 2013
Climate Change LIVE!
The U.S. Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring climate learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources! This distance learning adventure will provide an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards, which are gathered from 17 federal agency and NGO partners! The ClimateChangeLIVE electronic field trips are a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators and to have the chance to interact with them during the ClimateChangeLIVE webcasts and on social media!
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14 August 2013
Green House Effect Video and Animation by HHMI
An excellent explanation for high school and college students of how the sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation and absorbed by greenhouse gases to cause warming on Earth.
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03 August 2013
Earth Systems Research Laboratory of NOAA offer CarbonTracker
CarbonTracker is a CO2 measurement and modeling system developed by NOAA to keep track of sources (emissions to the atmosphere) and sinks (removal from the atmosphere) of carbon dioxide around the world. CarbonTracker uses atmospheric CO2 observations from a host of collaborators and simulated atmospheric transport to estimate these surface fluxes of CO2. The current release of CarbonTracker, CT2011_oi, provides global estimates of surface-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 from January 2000 through December 2010. Take the tutorial to learn more about how you and your students can calculate carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface over time from an 'atmospheric point of view.'
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04 June 2013
Global Warming and the Freshwater Crisis
Here's an informative web site that offers links to many reputable sources that provide information and activities for students and teachers to learn about global climate change, and how climate change is affecting our world's water supply. Ways for students to lesson global climate change and to prevent water pollution in their lives are also given.
25 April 2013
Final NGSS Released
The final version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) has been released. Based on the NRC Framework for K–12 Science Education, these new science education standards are designed to provide a cohesive approach to K–12 science instruction. Integrating science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, the NGSS were developed to effectively build science comprehension and understanding of engineering concepts from kindergarten to graduation.
14 April 2013
Latest HHMI Holiday Lectures Available On DVD
Get ready to celebrate Earth Day with a new holiday lectures DVD from HHMI. Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future, HHMI's 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, featuring Andrew Knoll, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag, discussing the history of life on Earth and present-day concerns about climate change, is now available for pre-order in the HHMI online catalog. Visit www.BioInteractive.org and click on the blue "Order" button to reserve your free DVD copy today.
03 January 2013
Announcing The American Gut Project
The recently completed Human Microbiome Project and other microbiome projects worldwide have laid an important foundation for understanding the trillions of microbes that inhabits each of our bodies. However, opportunities for the public to get involved in such research have been limited. Now, American Gut gives anyone an opportunity to participate and to compare the microbes in their gut to those in the guts of thousands of other people in the US and elsewhere and link these patterns to detailed diet & lifestyle information provided by each participant. American Gut is a project built on open-source, open-access principles. The data are for the good of understanding and will be shared both with participants and the larger, interested public – including any biology teacher!
The American Gut project represents a unique teaching moment for the interested public that bridges genomics, biology, and ecology in an open-source citizen science platform. As the data becomes available, it will be shared with everyone, but especially with the hope that educators will take the opportunity to utilize the information for lesson plan and module development in the classroom. The coordinators of American Gut welcome the opportunity to assist in any way they can (again, the data and results of the study will be available to everyone).
Take a few minutes to watch Jonathan Eisen's TED Talk and a Year in the Life of Eric Alm's microbiome - very much worth the time. You might also check out (though it will take more minutes), Rob Dunn's book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies.
15 December 2012
Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) features podcasts from several sources. CreatureCasts are creative and engaging video podcasts created by the Dunn Lab at Brown University. CreatureCasts use video, art, animation and creativity to tell stories focused on zoology. Many of these engaging pieces are available on EOL taxon pages.
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24 November 2012
Canisius College Ambassadors for Conservation
Resources and activities to thoroughly engage your students in wildlife knowledge, and conservation efforts and advocacy. And, much more!
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01 November 2012
New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://watersgeo.epa.gov/mywaterway/, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources.
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10 Sep 2012
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships
The KSTF Teaching Fellowships support, sustain and inspire exceptional young men and women committed to making a difference as teachers.
27 August 2012
STEM SCOUTS - Ignite Your Talent
STEM Scouts is a collaborative effort pooling the talents and resources of universities, government agencies, corporations, and individuals to engage students in an ever-expanding series of high-interest activities that develop the skills and interest enabling success in STEM-related careers.
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12 August 2012
Teaching Students About Climate Change
It's a long, hot summer and the perfect time to think about teaching your students about climate change. Climate Change From Pole to Pole: Biology Investigations offers timely, relevant, biology-based case studies and background information on how to teach the science of climate change. Six field-tested activities, which build on four content chapters, give students the opportunity to solve real-life scientific problems using guiding questions, graphs and data tables, short reading assignments, and independent research.
26 July 2012
Teaching the Nature of Science: A Sample Unit Plan
What it is and what it is not! Scientific Method? Always right? How should we teach science.All High School Teachers should read this and think about what is being addressed and how they teach in their classes.
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Playing With Ecology
A card game based on interacting species aims to get children interested in real plants and animals.
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17 June 2012
Coral Reef Interactive
Have fun exploring a fictional island and coral reef, while exploring impacts on this ecosystem.
14 May 2012
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? The historic nuclear accident at Chernobyl is now 25 years old. Filmmakers and scientists set out to document the lives of the packs of wolves and other wildlife thriving in the "dead zone" that still surrounds the remains of the reactor.
26 April 2012
Gulf Spill Pictures: Ten New Studies Show Impact on Coast
Bottlenose dolphins off Louisiana's coast are severely ill, while deep-sea corals show signs of tissue damage—just two findings in a slew of studies two years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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24 April 2012
Pictures: Nature Yields New Ideas for Energy and Efficiency
Drawing inspiration from schools of fish, termite mounds, and the photosynthesis of leaves, new technologies seek to produce cleaner, more efficient energy through biomimicry.
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21 April 2012
Aprenda más acerca del Día del Planeta Tierra y de lo que usted puede hacer para ayudar a proteger el medio ambiente. Escuche los podcasts ambientales. Inscrbase para recibir un consejo por correo electrnico en abril.
11 March 2012
AAAS Science NetLINKs
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has revamped its educational website, Science NetLinks. You can find K-12 lesson plans, check out the science history calender to learn about important historical dates, and stay abreast of the latest science news. Looking for ideas for the after-school science club you advise? The website can also help you with planning new activities for Earth Day (April 22); National Chemistry Week (October 14-20); National Engineers Week (February 19-25); and even Earth Hour (March 31), the annual international event designed to raise awareness about global climate change.
27 February 2012
Nature Video Collections
Watch web exclusive clips from behind the scenes of Frozen Planet.
15 February 2012
Tracking Change Over Time
The US Geological Survey provides a free lesson plan, with satellite images of Earth from space, to get students excited about studying the changing earth. Intended for grades 5-8.
Download the resources and lesson plans
31 January 2012
International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge
Get your students and classrooms involved with this international challenge to increase awareness of carbon footprints and climate change! Students can learn to calculate their personal carbon footprint, compare it to students' footprints worldwide, and discover what they can do to reduce their impact on global climate change.
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16 January 2012
Species news from IUCN
The IUCN Species Prgramme produces, maintains and manages the Red List of Threatened Species. Learn more about endangered species and what efforts are being made to ensure their survival.
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04 January 2012
NASA/ESSEA Climate Change Education Modules Available Online
NASA's support for the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) has resulted in the development of shared K-12 educational resources - including modules and courses - that are based on NASA climate science and data. Also provided is a section entitled, Inquiry Strategies to Use in Your Classroom.
View the ESSEA website to view modules »