This video explores what scientists know about how changes in global climate and increasing temperatures affect different extreme weather events.

This is a debate-style learning activity in which student teams learn about energy sources and are then assigned to represent the different energy sources. Working cooperatively, students develop arguments on the pros and cons of their source over the others.

This lesson explores El Nino by looking at sea surface temperature, sea surface height, and wind vectors in order to seek out any correlations there may be among these three variables, using the My NASA Data Live Access Server. The lesson guides the students through data representing the strong El Nino from 1997 to 1998. In this way, students will model the methods of researchers who bring their expertise to study integrated science questions.

In this interactive, students can investigate a typical hydrogen fuel cell prototype car from its fuel cell stacks to its ultracapacitor, a kind of supplementary power source.

The limited-production vehicle seen in this feature is a Honda 2005 FCX, which is typical of the kinds of hydrogen fuel cell cars that some major automakers are now researching and developing.

The Climate Momentum Simulation allows users to quickly compare the resulting sea level rise, temperature change, atmospheric CO2, and global CO2 emissions from six different policy options: 1) Business As Usual, 2) March 2009 Country Proposals, 3) Flatten CO2 emissions by 2025, 4) 29% below 2009 levels by 2040, 5) 80% reduction of global fossil fuel plus a 90% reduction in land use emissions by 2050, and 6) 95 reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020). Based on the more complex C-ROADS simulator.

This activity examines the impacts of hurricanes and storm surges on coastal communities.

In this activity, students will use oxygen isotope values of two species of modern coral to reconstruct ambient water temperature over a four-year period. They use Microsoft Excel, or similar application, to create a spreadsheet of temperature values calculated from the isotope values of the corals by means of an algebraic equation. Students then use correlation and regression techniques to determine whether isotope records can be considered to be good proxies for records of past temperatures.

This interactive exposes students to Earth's atmospheric gases of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ozone. As the user manipulates the interactive to increase or decrease the concentration of each gas, explanations and images are provided that explain and visualize what the Earth would be like in each scenario.

The 2015 first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous will bring together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education. We welcome faculty from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about the Earth, administrators from geoscience departments and interdisciplinary programs that want to become stronger, and education researchers of all types. Join the Rendezvous for 2 or 3 days or stay the whole week.


The Earth Rendezvous program will bring together these themes into a rich tapestry of workshops, contributed talks and posters, plenary sessions, and working groups. Drawing across the work currently taking place in geoscience, environmental, and sustainability education, meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn broadly, focus on a particular issue or challenge, or something in between. All are invited to submit abstracts to the contributed program of posters and short presentations.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2015
Early Registration Deadline: April 13, 2015


Part of the InTeGrate and Cutting Edge

Programs for Improved Undergraduate Education On the Cutting Edge is managed by NAGT

Program Sponsors: National Science Foundation, The National Association of Geoscience Teachers, The Geological Society of America, The American Geophysical Union

Friday & Saturday, May 13th and 14th, 2016. 8:30AM - 5:00PM ET

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop in Detroit, Michigan will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.

Registration for the Detroit, Michigan workshop is open, however there are attendance limits for the workshop, and we are advertising them nationally.  Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in the workshops is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details.  


Detroit Zoo

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.

Royal Oak, MI 48067

Primary Contacts:  

Claire Lannoye-Hall (

Bruce Moravchik (  

Molly Harrison (

Featured Presentations:

  • What is weather? What is climate? - Richard Pollman, NOAA’s National Weather Service
    Weather and climate are commonly used interchangeably, adding to confusion about climate change. Richard will clarify and provide insight on what a changing climate in Michigan will look like.

  • Sea Ice and Penguin Populations - Matt Porter, Detroit Zoo Penguin Keeper
    Matt will share his experience of three months spent working with the Polar Oceans Research Group at Palmer Station in Antarctica, gathering data on penguin populations and changing sea ice conditions.

  • Climate Literacy - Climate Solutions - June Teisan, NOAA
    Want to teach climate literacy but don’t know where to start? A spectrum of lesson plans, videos, data sets, webinars and more are available through NOAA to inform and inspire students to engineer solutions to climate concerns.

Featured Activities:

  • Science on a Sphere - NOAA’s animated, 6’ spherical display

    • Bring Science on a Sphere to your classroom or learning center through SOS Explorer

  • Tour the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest center in the nation dedicated to penguins

  • The Carbon Cycle Game and other hands-on activities ready for classroom use

  • Using dendrology (tree rings) to learn about the past and predict the future of climate change

Notes on Food & Lodging:

  • This workshop has a capacity for 25 participants.

  • There is no cost to attend this workshop.

  • Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements.

  • A nearby lodging option is The Holiday Inn Express - 35270 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, Michigan  48009. Phone: 1-888-233-0353 ( If there are enough workshop participants staying at this hotel, there may be an option for free shuttle service to/from the Detroit Zoo.

  • A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.