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Four teaching units show how NASA satellites measure ocean productivity. Topics cover: marine food web from producers to... see more

In this activity, learners explore how genetic switches function and the role of genetic switches in the process of... see more

In this environmental science activity (page 3 of the PDF), leaners will identify and explain the causes of erosion. They... see more

In a mixed culture, how does the population of Didinium affect the population of Paramecium �����_ and vice... see more

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy... see more

In this activity, students conduct a life cycle assessment of energy used and produced in ethanol production, and a life... see more

In this activity, learners consider the water features they might enjoy at a community park--a pond, brook, water... see more

University of South Florida scientists have teamed with teachers to design lesson plans based on current ocean research.... see more

Peer-reviewed activities for grades 6-12 as well as non-traditional educational venues are available. Each activity has... see more

Sampling of aquatic microorganisms reveals a surprising feature of many open water systems - stratification. Planktonic... see more

This climate change interactive modeling simulation simulates the interactions among different sets of variables related... see more

NOS measures and predicts coastal and ocean phenomena, protects large areas of the oceans, and works to ensure safe... see more

This activity allows students to figure out how they can negatively impact wildlife without trying.

As higher amounts of carbon dioxide become absorbed by the oceans, some marine organisms are struggling to adjust.... see more

Set of six interdisciplinary lesson plans from the Smithsonian, complementing their online "Ocean Planet" exhibit. Topics... see more

Colored beads in a bag are used to represent different types of microbes, with the bag itself representing the ocean.... see more

Teaching activity about El Nino, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world. Includes background... see more

A sub-page of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation & Sea Turtle Survival League, this site includes information on how... see more

In this activity, learners model the flow of energy from the sun as it enters a photovoltaic cell, moves along a wire and... see more

In this activity, learners use aluminum trays and wooden blocks to form stream tables to investigate river formations in... see more

This guided inquiry three-part activity engages learners in thinking about the mechanism of natural selection through... see more

This guided inquiry three-part activity engages learners in thinking about the mechanism of natural selection by... see more

This is an interactive website that provides descriptive information and data related to ten key climate indicators.... see more

Next to the seasons, El Nino is the most powerful force driving global weather. Find out what scientists are learning... see more