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United States Department of Energy (DOE)
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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...

TED-Ed
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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...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Check out the Let's Fly Away activity. Children can interact online with an aircraft-covered dodecahedron. Or, print out the activity pages to learn about 12 different aircraft and build their own 3-D dodecahedron!

Silicon Valley Astronomy
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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...

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years. Deep time and Earth history are keys to understanding the present. The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years, with evidence ranging from chemical signatures in rocks and ancient biological molecules to fossils of...

National Geographic
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Forests cover about 30% of the planet, but deforestation is clearing these essential habitats on a massive scale. What is deforestation? Find out the causes, effects, and solutions to deforestation.

National Public Radio (NPR)
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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...

Digg Inc.
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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
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With riing temperatures and seas, massive droughts, and changing landscapes, successfully adapting to climate change is increasingly important. For humans, this can mean using technoogy to find solutions. But for some plants and animals, adapting to these changes involves the most ancient...

TED-Ed
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Lake Maracaibo is the stormiest place on the planet. Thunderstorms rage above this massive body of water for up to 200 days of the year, with each ear-splitting event lasting for several hours. But why? Graeme Anderson lists the factors that create Lake Maracaibo's seemingly everlasting storms...

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Melissa Burt, an education and diversity manager and atmospheric research scientist at Colorado State Unversity in Fort Collins, Colorado.

NASA's Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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Lectures, featuring astronomers giving nontechnical lectures on recent developments in astronomy, are now available on their own YouTube Channel

SciShow
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It's School of YouTube Week! Comic Relief and YouTube are partnering to send students to school! The Bad Astronomer Phil Plait teaches Hank how to measure the distance to the stars.

WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
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As wetlands continue to disappear, the islanders who depend on them for food or income from tourism will suffer even more. But with improved wetland management practices, Pacific islands will be better able to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Learn how Hawaii's wetlands help reduce the...

University of Illinois extension
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Earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers are all powerful forces that work to reshape our wornd. These forces have changed the world dramatically and are even wat work today. You can explore this website to learnthe amazing science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. Along the exploration,...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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"NASA's Earth Minute" is a series of animated white-board videos for students of all changes explaining key concepts about Earth science, missions, and climate change.

TED-Ed
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How can the shadow of the tiny moon eclipse the sight of the gargantuan sun? By sheer coincedence, the dsc of the sun in 400x larger than the disc of the moon, but it's 390x farther from Earth -- which means that when they align just right, the moon blocks all but the sun's glowing corona. Andy...

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
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Animation that helps figure out the magnitude of earthquakes. Students receive information on length, depth, and slip of different earthquakes. They can "create" an earthquake and guess what magnitude it will be, then are given information and pictures of the correct answer. Requires Adobe Flash...

The Crowd & The Cloud
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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...

National Park Service (NPS)
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Join student paleontologist, Adam Marsh, on a journey through time as he explores the ancient landscape of Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area. Through his expedition field notes, Adam takes us on an adventure to the long lost Late Triassic, exposing an invisible world of dinosaurs and...

National Geographic
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Oceans serve as the planet's largest habitat and also help to regulate the global climate. But why is the ocean salty? And how is climate impacting the ocean? Find out more about the ocean, including the consequences of and potential solutions to these changes.

EarthScope
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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...

Civil Engineering
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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...

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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Get involved with PBS LearningMedia! Connect, collaborate, and learn with other educators looking to revolutionize their classrooms with digital media and technology.

TED-Ed
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About 66 million years ago, a terrible extinction event wiped out the dinosaurs. But it wasn't the only event of this kind -- extinctions of various severity have ocurred throughout the Earth's history -- and are still happening all around us today. Borths, D'Emic, ad Pritchard give a quick...

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Kevin Petty, Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Vaisala, producers of meteorological instrumentation.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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This is the Youtube channel of the NASA Lunar Science Institute.

Alphonse Swinehart
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In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and...

KQED San Francisco, PBS LearningMedia
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With its rolling hills and winter storms, the Bay Area has been a landslide hotspot. Now geologists are using new high-tech tools to understand and predict these natural disasters. In this QUEST video produced by KQED, find an explanation of "deep-seated" and "shallow" landslides and examples of...

Wiley Science
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With this animation you can see soil develop right before your eyes. Watch the organic matter cover the soil surface and become the organic horizon. Below that horizon are several others which have specific characteristics. Learn what comprises each horizon and how it interacts with the other...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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Dwarf planets are a lot like regular planets. What's the big difference? Find out in 60 seconds with this NASAJPL video.

TED-Ed
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The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some...

Wiley Science
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Find an animation showing that erosion and deposition occur at the banks. Point bars form where slow moving water deposits fine material. Cut banks occur where faster moving water erodes away bank materials.

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This animation shows one image captured of space, then compared to several more images to show how big it is. This gives a good perspective of how big space is.

Valdosta State University (VSU)
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Animations. For Basics in Distances, students learn about: general idea of distances from the sun, powers of 10 distances (outward and inward), the constellation Orion, Distances and Brightness, and how to calculate distance from brightness. For Distance measuring, students learn to measure:...

National Geographic
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Plate tectonics have shufled the earth's landmasses around -- and continue to do so. What is continental drift? Anyone who's ever experienced an earthquake or seen a volcano knows that th ephrase "solid ground" doens't always apply. Over Earth's long history, the great landmasses have...

National Park Service (NPS)
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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...

NASA Earth Observatory
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Every year, we report on the melting and growth of Arctic sea ice, the vast sheath of frozen seawater floating on the Arctic Ocean and its neighboring seas. Much attention is focused on the area and extent of sea ice because it has been shrinking steadily. But there is another problem: as the...

TED-Ed
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The Earth intercepts a lot f solar power: 173,000 terawats. That's 10,000 times more power than the planet's population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be comletely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.

UNAVCO, Inc.
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The Geoscience Career Spotlight series highlights the variety of careers available to geoscience majors in addition to academia. This video highlights Annie Zaino, a polar field engineer at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
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The Clean Water Act turns 40 in October 2012. The Landmark Legislation was a fundamental turning point in the protection of all fresh water in the United States. The laws' stated goal was to make all water fishable and swimmable. The law is the source of all modern day water protection and led...

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Animated .gif shows Sun's path across the Arctic Summer sky. The sun does not set.

Great Big Story, The Weather Channel
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For more than 50 years, Baltazar Ushca Tenesaca has been ascending Ecuador's tallest mountain to harvest glacial ice. At one time, there were 40 or so ice merchants who made the daily trek up the active volcano. but now, only Ushca continues this 500-year-old tradition. And while the deman for...

W. W. Norton and Company
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Solar system formation animation.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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"Mars in a Minute" is a series of 60-second, animated videos for students of all ages that teaches key concepts about Mars and missions to the Red Planet.

TED-Ed
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Why do we see those stunning lights in the northern- and southernmost portions of the night sky? The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when high-energy particles are flung from the Sun's corona toward the Earth and mingle with the neutral atoms in our atmosphere -- ultimately emitting...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Take 8 different NASA Quizzes about: Jason-3, CRS-4, MAVEN, IRIS, SMAP, OCO-2, TDRS-L, and MMS. 

Sing About Science & Math
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Welcome to the "Wikipedia of science songs," covering the expanding universe of educational music since 2004! Whether you're looking for a new YouTube rap video about genomics or a decades-old song about the periodic table, you've come to the right page!

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
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Arctic sea ice melted on an unprecedented scale in 2012, opening up the fabled Northwest and Northeast passages.

National Geographic
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Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has been a source of intrigue throughout human history. Recent NASA exploratory expeditions revealed some of the planet's biggest mysteries. This video explains what makes Mars so different fro mEarth and what would happen if humans lived there.

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use this series of videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering, and...

EIT Image of the Sun
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Find out more about how our sun's position in the sky changes due to Earth's rotation, revolution, and tilt. Learn from the experts -- Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand paterns within the Earth-sun relationship.

Students taking water samples during field work
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

What gives Velcro its stick? Why does pollen make some people sneeze? And, how pure is the salt that we put on our food? In this episode of STEM Flicks, explore the role that microscopy plays in our everyday lives. Discover how scientists and engineers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...

World map with ice caps
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Get caught up in the podcasting frenzy, but in a sciencey way! You can now have the latest ABC Science Online and Radio National science shows to download at your leisure or to have magically delivered when you subscribe via RSS feed.

Aurora and stars
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National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

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