Starting Point: teaching entry level geoscience
This website is the portal homepage for the Starting Point collection. This site is designed for faculty and graduate students teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses. Each section describes a teaching method, why/when it is useful, how it can be implemented, and a set of examples spanning the Earth system that can be used in your class. Users can follow links to field labs, interactive lectures, investigative case-based learning, teaching with mo
The California Academy of Science department of invertebrate zoology and geology provides a list of diatom genera with photos of representative species and bibliographic references. The catalog contains a total of 472 species, varieties and forms, comprising 130 genera of diatoms.
The Back Channel
From 1969 to 1973, Paul Nitze served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT). In this video segment, Nitze describes the useful role that 'back channel' negotiations can play and discusses the particular problems with national security adviser Henry Kissinger's negotiations in the final days of SALT I. The second part of the segment addresses Watergate's impact on Nitze's participation in SALT II.Nitze's interview conducted for War and Peace in the Nucle
George Rochberg and His Music
Documentary containing interview footage with the composer George Rochberg, and narrated overview of his life and music. Includes performances of his music recorded for this program. Rochberg compositions are performed for the piece. They include: 'Between Two Worlds,' with Sue Ann Kahn on flute and Andrew Willis on piano 'Rehearsal,' with Joseph Robinson on Oboe 'Soundings' was a music documentary program affiliated with the Workshop and produced by Bernice 'Bunny' Olenick.
Music of Ivana Themmen, The
Documentary containing interview footage with the composer Ivana Themmen, and narrated overview of her life and music. Includes performances of her music recorded for this program. Themmen compositions are performed for the piece. They include: 'Mystic Trumpeter,' featuring Katherine Ciesinski as soprano and Harold Themmen as conductor 'Cupid and Psyche,' with Emanuel Borok on violin'Lullaby,' with Allegra and Tania Themmen 'Soundings' was a music documentary program affiliated with the Workshop
Inside the Oval Office
As staff secretary to President Dwight Eisenhower from 1954 to 1961, General Andrew Goodpaster was the person most privy to Eisenhower's thinking and key decisions during his White House years. Goodpaster began his long affiliation with Eisenhower as a staff officer under his leadership of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), and he went on to become the president's right-hand man on security matters. In this video segment, Goodpaster describes the inter-service rivalries that
'Split Britches' is the story of three women from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, set sometime in the 1930's, whose squabbling is often pacified by periods of singing.
Dance of Darkness
Edin Velez's study of Butoh includes archival footage of early Butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata, who is credited as the form's originator. Kazuo Ohno, another early Butoh performer, is shown performing his famous 'Admiring La Argentina,' and other works. Other companies whose works are shown include Akaji Mori's Dai Rakuda Kan, Isamu Ohsuga's Byakko Sha, and Yoko Ashikawa's Hakutoboh. These examples reveal the depth and diversity of Butoh as it has evolved. Many of these dancers worked directly wi
Interstellar Real Estate – Defining the Habitable Zone
What makes Earth the perfect home for life as we know it? Students in this activity explore the orbital characteristics a planetary home needs to support Earth-like life forms.
Project SkyMath is a mathematics module for middle school students, developed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The goal of the pilot project is to demonstrate that acquiring and using current environmental and real-time weather data in middle school classrooms, in ways that embrace the dynamic and the uncertain natures of these data, will promote the teaching and learning of significant mathematics, consistent with the standards set by the National Council of Teache
California School Garden Network Curriculum
The curriculum section provides over one hundred garden-based lessons to create, expand, and sustain garden-based learning experiences. It offers practical ideas and resources for every level of garden-based learning from sprouting seeds to understanding the food system. This curriculum section was compiled by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Garden-Based Learning Workgroup. The content for this section was borrowed, with permission, from various resour
Investigating the Dynamic Martian Polar Caps
In this activity, students download NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of the Martian polar ice caps in summer and winter. Using image processing techniques, students measure and compare various images of the changing Martian and Earth polar ice caps.
Undergraduate Computer Programs
Here is a group of Java programs which were designed to help undergraduate engineering students. These programs cover the basics of aerodynamics and propulsion. The icon at the top of each section will take you to a web page which contains a simulator or calculator for an aerodynamics problem. The web page assumes that you understand the problem and contains only the applet and a couple of hyperlinks to additional pages which describe the science and math behind each problem and some additional
EngineSim and RangeGames Downloads
EngineSim was developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center in an effort to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning in science and math. EngineSim is a simulator that models the design and testing of jet engines. The program works in two modes: Design Mode or Tunnel Test Mode. In the Design Mode, you can change design variables including the flight conditions, the engine size, the inlet performance, the turbo machinery compressor and turbine performance, the combustors or burner performance, or th
This site offers a series of programs that culminates with a celebration of the spring equinox. Join this journey of exploration and discovery in preparation for a total solar eclipse.
Soil Science and Technology Home Page
This site looks at soil fertility, nitrogen in soil, soil chemistry, soils as electrical systems, soils as filters, soil physics and particle sizes (silt, sand, and clay), microorganisms in soil, nutrients that plants need, soil morphology, judging soil by feel, structures and shapes of soil, and soil profile images from Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and other states. Learn how soil is formed and how long it takes to create an inch of soil.
Cosmic and Heliospheric Learning Center
This site explores the universe through interactive activities and learning resources such as the question and answer service, Ask a Physicist. Students can also learn astrophysics basics, or find out the history of cosmic ray studies beginning with the Mesopotamian and Egyptian astronomers mapping the heavens, and more.
Investigating the Climate System: Clouds
This activity casts students as interns in a state climatology office. Their assignment: to investigate how clouds form, how they're classified, and their role in heating and cooling the earth. This 30-page guide also helps students understand why clouds (and the study of them) are important.
DASHlink is a virtual laboratory for scientists and engineers to disseminate results and collaborate on research problems in health management technologies for aeronautics systems. Managed by the Integrated Vehicle Health Management project within NASA's Aviation Safety program, the Web site is designed to be a resource for anyone interested in data mining, IVHM, aeronautics and NASA.
Rockets: Educators Guide
Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentic hands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket