Educational Resources

  • Mapping Our World Poster

    Mapping Our World Poster

    This classroom poster features artwork created with data from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions for a unique mosaic-like pattern of our world. Also included is information on how and why NASA maps the world, a student section with tools and resources for them to explore and create their own maps, and more.

  • Booklet

    Images & Data: Educators Guide to NASA Earth Science Images and Data

    This 16-page NASA Earth Science Images and Data booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that allow educators to incorporate real data and images in their teaching. Sample resources as well as firsthand accounts of how these are being used in the classroom or informal education setting are included

  • Resource Sheets

    NASA Earth Science Mapping-Related Resources

    This collection of online mapping-related resources features lesson plans, blogs, multimedia, apps, games, contests, classroom activities, and more, to highlight how NASA contributes to the world of mapping.

  • NASA Earth Science Educational Resources in Spanish

    This collection of online Earth science resources features lesson plans, games, classroom activities, and more, available in Spanish.

  • Features

    Geographia: From Antiquity to the Space Age

    This new series contrasts historical maps with satellite images to explore our changing worldview and the advances in technology that help us map the world.

  • How to Read Remotely Sensed Images: Five Tips and Strategies

    Learn how to interpret a satellite image with tips from NASA Earth Observatory’s writers and visualizers, who use them to interpret images daily.

  • Sizing up Earth

    Learn about the history of geodesy, the science of the size and shape of Earth, and the technologies NASA uses to map and measure our planet.

  • Painted Glaciers

    Bits of soot, dust, pollen, ash, salt, sand, and rocks coat the world's ice. NASA scientist Kimberly Casey is using satellites to analyze the debris so she can answer some key questions about glaciers.

  • Subtleties of Color

    This six-part series focuses on the principles behind the effective use of color to represent data.

  • Webinars & Presentations

    A View from Space: Creating Stunning Images Using Landsat

    This 3-part series of recorded webinars developed for educators will introduce you to Landsat imagery, teach you how to create images of your own location or other area of interest, and more.

  • Websites

    NASA Earth Observatory

    This web¬site features images, stories and discoveries from NASA Earth science research. Check out the Global Maps section for animated maps showing month-to-month changes of key parameters in Earth’s climate system.

  • NASA ESW 2012: Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences

    Developed for Earth Science Week 2012, this portal focuses on Earth science careers. It includes profiles, an archived blog, details about Spanish-language events organized for ESW (including links to recordings), and educational resources.

  • NASA Global Climate Change

    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. Interactives like the Sea Level Viewer, a 3D viewer of space-based ocean topography, allow you to see the changes taking place all over the planet.

  • NASA Wavelength

    This digital library includes over 2,000 peer-reviewed Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate and share resources, and discover resource collections of topics of interest, such as mapping and hurricanes.

  • Women@NASA: Earth Explorers

    This website features a collection of interviews and articles about female Earth explorers at NASA.

  • Blog Posts for Teachers

    NASA Data in the Undergraduate Classroom

    Duke University’s Dr. Susan Lozier describes an example of how to use real NASA ocean data to lead students in the inquiry-driven process.

  • Teaching & the Mapping Our World Interactive

    IGES’ Dr. Rusty Low walks you through the new NASA Mapping Our World interactive and suggests ideas about how to use it in the classroom.