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NASA Learning Objects: NASA and the Water Cycle


NASA Learning Objects: NASA and the Water Cycle

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Join JPL's new animated science ambassador on a whimsical and informative tutorial on how Earth's water cycle works and how NASA studies it.
Material Type: Collection
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: February 03, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 27, 2011


  • Editor Review (not reviewed)
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
  • Personal Collections (none)
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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: WEB BROWSER
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D.
6 years ago

Dr. Troy Tenhet Ed.D. (Teacher (K-12))

Sweet stuff... but dated. It's no "Halo 3" trailer!
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Avatar for Victoria Gray
7 years ago

Victoria Gray (Student)

This evaluation was prepared by Victoria Gray and Jacqueline Gutierrez. This video was created by Troy Tenhet, an instructor from Kern High School in the Panama-Buena Vista School District for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. This is a clever presentation that begins with an old fashioned 1950’s style filmstrip juxtaposed with a new water cycle visualization presentation being prepared by Emma, a NASA scientist. An animated creation, Molecule Max, interacts with Emma to explain the Earth’s water cycle, how it is changing and the ways in which NASA is studying and using this information. This clever presentation is sure to be a big hit with kids in grades 5-8. The use of Flash technology helps ensure that older students will enjoy the presentation as well! The webpage is easy to navigate and everything points to the use of the Molecule Max video. Text is easy to read and well written. It is easy enough to stop and start the video in case the instructor wants to take questions from students or point something out. Overall this is a well done presentation and utilizes the most up-to-date information from NASA to shows how satellites in space are helping to monitor the Earth’s water cycle. The presentation discusses the effects of Hurricane Katrina, globalization and the ever increasing water needs of the human population. Emma shares that there are still a few more pieces of data that NASA would like to gather and how that might be accomplished in the near future. The presentation brings this process to life in an easy-to-understand format that kids and adults will enjoy. This video can be easily inserted into an existing science lesson in grades 5-8 or can even be used to develop an original lesson.

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The presentation is provided in multiple formats, (Quicktime- with and without captions) and can even be downloaded as a podcast as well. The creator has certainly done an excellent job in providing multiple formats to ensure that this is viewable by all.