Did you know that NASA Earth science research, observations and visualization tools are at your fingertips? In fact, over a dozen online tools allow learners of all ages to view, download and analyze data from the fleet of current and past NASA Earth science missions.
Designed primarily for educators, the new “images & data: Educators booklet to NASA Earth Science Images and Data” booklet outlines the different categories of sources available, with detailed descritions and colorful examples. Sources are organized in three categories – introductory, intermediate, and advanced – to fit your every need, from NASA images or animations available for immediate viewing all the way to full data sets and analysis tools for conducting research.
Are you an educator looking for new tools to engage your students in Earth science subjects? Check out the Educator’s Tool Belt sections throughout the guide for first hand accounts of how educators are using specific sources in the classroom or informal education setting.
Here are some examples of what you will find:
NASA Global Climate Change http://climate.nasa.gov
This website features a collection of climate news, visualizations, FAQs, interactives and resources related to the changing climate and NASA’s role in studying climate change.
While you are there, go to http://climate.nasa.gov/education/tips to download Tips and Tricks for Teachers, 3-page guide with step-by-step instructions on six ways to use NASA’s Global Climate Change website in your classroom, aligned with National Science Education Content Standards.
NASA Earth Observations (NEO) http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
NEO provides a repository of global data imagery highlighting NASA research in climate and environmental change, making that imagery easily accessible. Images are available in several formats, including those supported by Science On a Sphere and other global kiosk displays.
In the Educator’s Tool Belt section, Teri Cosentino, a middle school science teacher in Gladstone, N.J., writes about a climate lesson she developed that culminates with a design-a-continent project. Her students use NEO data to access real NASA Earth science data and inform their design. “As a result of this lesson, students were able to relate the seven factors that control climate to real-time data,” writes Teri.
EOSDIS – Earth Data Website https://earthdata.nasa.gov
The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is comprised of twelve distributed active archive centers (DAACS) that manage, process and distribute thousands of Earth system science data products and associated services to a diverse end-user community. Each DAAC focuses on a specific Earth system science discipline. Almost all EOSDIS data holdings are free, held online and accessed via ftp.
Want help navigating the wealth of data? Participate in the monthly NASA Earthdata webinars to learn more about NASA data sets and how you can discover, access and use these data. Learn more and check out archived webinars at http://bit.ly/esw13-webinar.
Explore these and many more resources – including apps and mission-specific sources of images and data – by downloading your copy of the booklet in the Educational Resources section of this website. Have your own ideas of how to use NASA Earth science images and data? Use the comments section below!