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What is the difference between weather and climate?

Learn about the difference between weather and climate then study a climate classification map and and analyze the climates near where you live.     View Details »

Key Concepts: weather, climate, ecology

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Aerosols and their impact on climate
This activity introduces students to global dimming. They should have an understand- ing of the atmosphere, solar radiation, and global warming (greenhouse gases).   View Details »

Key Concepts: climate, aerosol

All in the Clouds
This is an activity on cloud classification and weather prediction that teaches students to observe natural phenomena in local skies. Students work individually and in groups to record daily outdoor observations, drawing cloud formations and...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Cloud Shapes, Classifying Clouds

Astrobiology Short Course (full curriculum)
This interactive course is designed to give you an introduction to Astrobiology that you can work through at your own pace and return to at any time. Designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers, this course also contains relevant...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, life, DNA, evolution, solar system

Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe (overview lecture)
How does life begin and evolve? Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe? Join Montana State University professor John Peters as he examines these questions and explains the search for life in the universe. Peters is director of the NASA...   View Details »

Key Concepts: astrobiology, astronomy, space, biology, NASA

Astronauts and Aliens: Aliens Party
Yellowstone hot springs and aliens: what's the connection? Come to the alien party at your local library and find out. Come face-to-face with some Sea Monkeys and learn about their travels in space. Make some Shrinky Dinks, hear a fun alien story,...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Yellowstone, hot springs, aliens, sea monkeys, astrobiologists

Batiking Yellowstone: Using Art to Interpret Science
Yellowstone National Park is a unique and dynamic ever changing system that is fueled by a continental hot spot. Life in the region is dependent on the chemistry and heat generated by the hot spot. Students will interpret this nature beauty through...   View Details »

Key Concepts: art, geothermal,steam

Buckets of Planets
In this activity, children analyze descriptions of planets and decide which one is most likely to support life. They then search for microbial life by digging through buckets representing the planets. This can be a short demo or a longer in-depth...   View Details »

Key Concepts: microbes, astrobiology

Can humans survive at high altitudes?
Learn about the difficulties of humans surviving at high altitudes then compare how long it takes you to walk a mile to climbers in the "death zone" on Mount Everest. Next find the nearest high altitude spots to where you live.    View Details »

Key Concepts: Everest, mountains, math, weather, climate

China and dinosaurs: what's the connection?
Learn about why MSU students traveled to China to study dinosaurs and about dinosaurs in Chinese culture. Try to write the word dinosaur in Chinese.    View Details »

Key Concepts: dinosaurs, biology, paleontology, China, linguistics

Colony Collapse: What Makes Bees Sick?
In this lesson, students will learn about bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) by watching a recorded talk by MSU graduate student Alex McMenamin and following along with a hands-on colony collapse activity. Students will use critical thinking skills...   View Details »

Key Concepts: bee, virus, climate change, honeybee, hive, colony, Teen Science Cafe