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K-4 Earth Science Modules
Learn about weather, the environment and other natural science topics by playing these games. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
NASA Earth Observatory
This website sponsored by NASA from NASA. features current and evolvong information and resources about the condition and state of land, oceans, atmosphere, energy, and life on planet Earth. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
NASA eClips
Looking for videos that address STEM topics for the classroom but you don't want them to take up too much class time? NASA has created short videos or eClips for K-12 students that answer that need. Just look for the appropriate grade level... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: NASA
NASA Global Change Master Directory
The data set resources on this site are very rich. There are multiple data sets for Earth and natural science categories listed. Subjects include: Agriculture, Oceans, and Climate Changes. Each topic is divided into sub-topics followed by links to data... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
NASA Multimedia Gallery
Experience NASA through their great selection of images, video, and interactive features. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
NASA's Scientific Visualization Center
Sponsored by NASA, high definition visualization, zoomed images of familiar places on earth and from space. Images are complete with detailed explanations of the imagery. The site is well organized and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA's Solar System Exploration
Sponsored by NASA, this site contains abundant resources about the solar system. Teachers resources and student activities are included with the content. QuickTime, MPEG or RealVideo is needed for the video selections. User friendly and easy to navigate. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
NASA's Space Place
Sponsored by NASA, this clever website features information about earth, space and technology through games, activities, and animation. The friendly, attractive interface will easily engage elementary and middle school children in the fantastic world of science.... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NASA
National Data Buoy Center
Sponsored by NOAA, this website uses information collected from buoys in the world's oceans about water temperature and height, wind, etc., to aid in the prediction of weather and for ocean vessels to understand the seas around them. Users can select buoys... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Buoy Data Center (NOAA)
National Geographic Xpeditions
A comprehensive site for the study of geography and its relation to history, archaeology, world cultures, and economics. Teachers can access lesson plans, activities, interactive museums and exhibitions, and maps. (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Geographic
National Geophysical Data Center
"NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) provides scientific stewardship, products, and services for geophysical data, from the Sun to the Earth and Earth's sea floor and solid earth environment, including Earth observation from space." This is a comprehensive... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOAA
The National Science Foundation
Super scientific articles, audio clips, videos, and interactive features about a panopoly of innovations: the Internet, robots, artificial heart valves, frozen frogs, extrasolar planets, memory, data mining, and more. Get the latest news and classroom resources... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Science Foundation
Nationalatlas.gov
The National Atlas of the United States of America online and completely interactive! Customize a map, play with interactive maps, print preformatted maps, and more! (Learn more)
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Provided by: United States Department of the Interior
NCDC Climate Monitoring
"NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data. NCDC produces numerous climate publications and responds to data requests from all over the world. NCDC operates the World Data Center for Meteorology which is co-located at NCDC in Asheville, North... (Learn more)
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Provided by: National Climatic Data Center and NOAA
NEFSC Historical Page
Contains answers to frequently asked questions about fish and oceanography including fish images and artwork. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Newswise: SciNews
A comprehensive, online database of science news from a variety of science and health publications and institutions. Spanning a wide range of topics such as genetics, disease, environmental studies, technology, energy, and space exploration, this site is a... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NewsWise
Newton BBS
Ask a scientist a question or browse the answers to previously answered questions in categories such as astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics, and zoology. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Argonne National Laboratory
NOAA Photo Library
An image collection that encompasses polar region to polar region and much of the World's oceans and captures NOAA's work as they chase tornadoes, fly into hurricanes, battle stormy seas, tag turtles and whales, take scientific readings at the South Pole,... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOAA
North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective
This website contains information about drought and focuses on North America. How drought is defined, why it causes concern, the history of 20th Century drought, and how paleoclimatology is related to drought are explored in this site. Discover how nature... (Learn more)
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Provided by: NOAA Paleoclimatology Program
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Find information, statistics, data, maps and more about environmental topics that affect and impact North Carolina. Some of the many topics users can explore are the ozone, pollution prevention, mining, wetland, vehicle inspections, and soil erosion. (Learn more)
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Provided by: NC Dept of Environmental and Natural Resources