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World of Phenomena
Resource Type: Classroom Activities, Videos or Animations

Facts and information about different types of natural phenomena found in the world and universe. Includes weather, geology, space, and other types of phenomena. This site is designed to be an easy-to-use website for students and anyone interested in the subject matter. This site breaks...

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Resource Type: Teaching Strategies, Videos or Animations

This short video describes first steps teachers can take towards transitioning to the NGSS.

Valdosta State University (VSU)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animations cover the following topics: Kinetic and Potential Energy in a Pendulum, Facing a Pendulum- will it hit you?

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Snow Dragon. Pure Imagination. Frozen Minotaur. These are the names Eddy Cartaya and his climbing partner Brent McGregor gave three glacier caves that they were the first to explore, caves that are morphing constantly thanks to warm water and warm air. At TEDYouth, Cartaya takes us inside these...

BBC
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Iain Stewart looks at some of the world's most dramatic earthquakes and reveals the stories and science behind them. In seconds, these powerful forces of nature which cannot be predicted or prevented can shake a town to destruction and shift the landscape forever. We discover why quakes can last...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The Arctic may seem like a frozen and desolate environment here nothing ever changes. But the climate of this unique and remote region can be both an early indicator of the climate of the rest of the Earth and a driver for weather patterns across the globe. William Chapman explains why...

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The earthquake that struck San Francisco on April 18, 1906 remains one of the strongest and most significant earthquakes in US history. The fire that developed in its aftermath brought the city to its knees. This collection presents links to images, films, panoramas and animations about the...

University College Cork (UCC)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

GEOCOAST aims to broadcast educational videos about Ireland's coastal and marine environments with particular focus on coastal geology and geomorphology.

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Suppose you placed a camera at a fixed position, took a picture of the sky at the same time every day for an entire year, and overlaid all of the photos on top of each other. What would th esun look like in that combined mage? A stationary dot? A circular path? Neither. Oddly enough, it makes a...

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Citizen Science: people of all ages and backgrounds joining together to gather and analyze data. This short video, brought to you by the National Science Foundation, describes what Citizen Science is and lists ways to get involved. Find your inner scientist! Log on to Citizenscience.gov or...

Dominique Mosbergen, The Huffington Post,
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

A mesmerizing new time-lapse video captures the fiery magnificence of what’s believed to be the largest sunspot observed in the past 24 years. Dubbed AR 2192, the “freakishly huge” sunspot spanned some 80,000 miles, or about the same size as the diameter of Jupiter.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The "Space Lunch" game helps them learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits as they hunt for matching food groups.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This simulator is ideal for authoring labs dealing with earth sun relationships

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This DragonflyTV segment demonstrates how infrared imaging helps us to understand the Martian landscape, and how to use an infrared camera to find groundwater.

Journey North
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This resource provides teaching suggestions with a slideshow and photo gallery (showing hourly movement) as well as an animation of Earth's rotation to develop an understanding of day and night. This can be used as a stand-alone activity or as part of the larger "Mystery Class" project linked...

TERC
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This animation shows color-enhanced satellite images of the Storm of the Century, which occurred March 12 through 14, 1993. The graph below the images shows how barometric pressure changed at West Palm Beach, Florida as the storm approached and passed.

National Public Radio (NPR)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

On March 9, a total solar eclipse was perfectly visible in Indonesia. Alaska, Hawaii, parts of southeast Asia and some of Australia got a partial view. The rest of us, alas, were out of luck. But now you can enjoy the view from another angle — the solar eclipse as seen from space. The Himawari...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about cutting-...

Digg Inc.
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

A group of astronauts got together to explain to UN Climate Conference delegates how their experiences have shaped their views on climate change, creating an interesting and stirring video.

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavor was risky -- what, if anything, was going to skow up? But what came back was nothing short of spectacular: an image of over 1,500 galaxies...

Preparatory Commision for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO Preparatory Commission)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This piece of work is a bird's eye view of the history [of above and below ground nuclear testing] by scaling down a month length of time into one second. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted.

NASA's Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Lectures, featuring astronomers giving nontechnical lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube Channel

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The study of clouds has always been a daydreamer’s science, aptly founded by a thoughtful young man whose favorite activity was staring out of the window at the sky. Richard Hamblyn tells the history of Luke Howard, the man who classified the clouds and forever changed humanity’s understanding...

Minerals Education Coalition (MEC)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Today's world faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth's natural resources wisely. More scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world's mineral products. There are literally...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Goddard Media Studios (GMS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

A fully produced video about planetary evolution and how the Webb Telelscope's ability to see inside dense clouds of gas and dust will help us better understand solar system formation and evolution.

Valdosta State University (VSU)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animations cover the following topics: Energy Ladder of Hydrogen - absorption and emission, The Blackbody Curve, A Closer Look at the Blackbody Curve, Absorption spectrum of the Sun, Emission spectrum of an interstellar cloud, Absorption spectrum in detail - wavelength and depth, Doppler Shift...

World of Phenomena
Resource Type: Classroom Activities, Videos or Animations

Facts and information about different types of natural phenomena found in the world and universe. Includes weather, geology, space, and other types of phenomena. This site is designed to be an easy-to-use website for students and anyone interested in the subject matter. This site breaks...

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of the...

Twin Cities Public Television, PBS Learning Media
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls as they set out to learn all about thermal basins at Yellowstone National Park. They learn why geysers ovvur in certain thermal basins, and how the underground structure of a geyser causes a buildup of pressure.

Silicon Valley Astronomy
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on selected Wednesday evenings during the school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Speakers over the years have included a wide range of noted scientists, explaining astronomical...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

A 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data, though also a 3-D simulation of the major bodies in the Solar System for any time from 1950 to 2050.

EarthScope
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Meet the scientists from the National Science Foundation's EarthScope program! This innovative program is essentially a network of observatories acting as an Earth "telescope" focused on the exterior and interior structure and dynamics of our planet. To bring the program to lofe for students in...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid -- and there are lots of them out there. With humor and great visuals, Phil Plait enthralls the TEDxBoulder audience with all the ways asteroids can kill, and what we must do to avoid them.

Civil Engineering
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This video shows permeable pavement in action. Never has a truck dumping water on a parking lot been more interesting. Students really love this video and it's usually a springboard into class discussions about permeability and the effect of human activity on infiltration, runoff, and flooding...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

At 8,850 meters above sea level, Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, has the highest altitude on the planet. But how did this towering formation get so tall? Michele Koppe peers deep into our planet's crust, where continental plates collede, to find the answer.

W.W.Norton
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Find many useful animations on all topics related to astronomy, such as: Patterns in the Sky and Motions of Earth, Gravity and Orbits, Light, Tools of the Astronomer, A Brief History of the Solar System, The Terrestrial Planets and Earth's Moon, Atmosphere's of the Terrestrial Planets, Gravity...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

This is the Youtube channel of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The International Space Station is roughly the size of a six-bedroom house and weighs more than 320 cars -- it's so large that no single rocket could have lifted it into orbit. Instead, it was assembled piece by piece while hurtling through space at 28,000 kilometers per hour, lapping the Earth...

American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Earth Science Week (ESW)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Big Ideas videos bring to life the "big ideas" of Earth science -- the nine core concepts that everyone should know. Teachers can use the videos in many ways. For example: use "Why Earth Science?" to introduce the importance of Earth science to your students, their parents and guardians, and...

Frank Gregorio
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

These professionally prepared videos are a great introduction to a variety of science topics.

Valdosta State University (VSU)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Animations cover the following topics: How a Star forms with a Solar System, Low Mass Star Evolves - Seen from Outside, Low Mass Star Evolves - Seen from Inside the Core, High Mass Star Evolves, A Close Binary Pair Evolve, Go To a Neutron Star (ns animation courtesy of Robert Nemiroff), Go to a...

United States Department of Energy (DOE)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

The series is designed to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals by spotlighting women, students, and leaders who are transforming the energy sector, from addresing the growing threat of climate change to advancing clean energy technologies like wind and solar. Here, middle and high...

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Video and Animation collection on the following topics: biology, climate change, geography and geospatial, geology, structures, natural hazards and water.

KQED San Francisco, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Do you live in an urban heat island? In this audio report from QUEST produced by KQED, learn how trees are cooling down urban areas. Discover what urban heat islands are and the effect they have on the atmosphere. Also, learn how homeowners and businesses can cool down their communities.

The Crowd & The Cloud
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Are you interested in birds, fish, the oceans or streams in your community? Are you concerned about fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer's disease, Zika or other epidemics? Now you can do more than read about these issues. You can be part of the solution. Citizen Science has...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

These animations are very elementary examples of fault motion intended for simple demonstrations.

National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Channel Islands National Park's live webcams deliver the park -- and its animal inhabitants -- to K-12 classrooms in real time. Watch a live stream from the Bald Eagle Webcam and have students observe and record family dynamics as two bald eagle chicks grow and fly from the nest by late June or...

TED-Ed
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

You already know that a trip to the beach can give you a nasty sunburn, but the nitty gritty of sun safety is actually much more complex. Wrinkle-causing UVA rays and burn-inducing UVB's can pose a serious risk to your health (and good looks). So what can you do? Kevin P. Boyd makes the case to...

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

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World map with ice caps
Maps and Visualizations
The Great Globe Gallery

The Great Globe Gallery provides maps of different types (mercator, gnomonic, stereographic, and more).

World map with ice caps
Maps and Visualizations
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

A map projection is used to portray all or part of the rounf Earth on a flat surface. This cannot be done without some distortion. The mapmaker must select the one best suited to the needs, reducing distortion of the most important features. Mamakers and mathematicians have devised almost...

Earth from Space showing Africa and Antarctica
Videos or Animations
CVshorey

This video series is a guide to field geology and environmental field studies.  It starts from the basics and gets more and more advanced as we go.  It should be considered a video companion to the Earth and Environmental Systems Podcast on iTunesU.

Butte, Montana mine shaft
Videos or Animations
Colorado School of Mines

The precursor to Dr. Shorey's YouTube videos was his Earth and Environmental Systems podcast.  There are 65 episodes of about 1 hour each.  They cover all the basic topics of earth science, with an emphasis on earth's history (20+ episodes).

Hubble telescope image of Galaxy NGC 3310
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Josh Worth

A tediously accurate scale model of the solar system. Scroll across the screen to see the true scale of the universe.

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