Earth Science Educator Resources

On this page is a collection of Goddard video pieces that have been created for education related events. You will find recordings of past webcasts, earth science web shorts and professional development resources. We hope this will become your first stop when shopping for multimedia lesson objects to apply in your classroom.

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Webcasts

  • Earth Day 2013
    2013.04.29
    Connect with Goddard Space Flight Center on Earth Day, April 22nd at 12:00PM Eastern for a musical and visual tour of Earth from space with interactive discussions through the Beautiful Earth program! Join NASA's Dr. Claire Parkinson, Project Scientist of the Aqua satellite mission, which measures a wide variety of Earth variables, including temperatures, clouds, vegetation cover, sea ice, and water vapor. Dr. Parkinson will discuss climate change and how NASA is studying our home planet. She will be joined by Director and Musician Kenji Williams, who will narrate the Bella Gaia multimedia show, and discuss why art and music are important in science.
  • Earth Day 2012
    2012.05.15
    Join Director and Musician Kenji Williams as he takes the Internet audience on a tour of the Earth from Space with his BELLA GAIA (www.bellagaia.com) multimedia show and interactive discussions with NASA Earth Scientist Thorsten Markus and Native American science educator Jim Rock. The show simulates spaceflight for the public and reminds us of the beauty and inter-connectedness of Earth's life systems. The program will emphasize Earth's Water in all of its forms: Liquid, Solid, and Vapor, from the Western scientific, Indigenous, Artistic, and Multi-cultural points of view. The event provides a real-time Internet link-up where students and teachers from schools across the country can interact live with the program.
  • Earth Science Week 2011
    2011.10.10
    This year's Earth Science Week theme is "Our Ever-changing Earth." These short introductory videos are designed to give educators a brief tour of what resources NASA has to offer. For more information and resources, visit the Earth Science Week website.

    This page contains video segments with NASA scientists Gavin Schmidt, William Lau, and Waleed Abdalati.

  • Earth Day 2011 with Landsat
    2011.04.23
    These are excerpts from an Earth Day DLN webcast that features scientists and engineers discussing how the Landsat mission has helped us see and study our changing planet.
  • Earth Day 2010
    2010.04.20
    NASA Digital Learning Network celebrated Earth Day and joined musician/artist Kenji Williams for a special performance of "Bella Gaia" (Beautiful Earth) on Monday, April 19, 2010. "Bella Gaia" is a "living atlas" multimedia journey of our planet and combines stunning perspectives of Earth from space with Williams' original and eclectic score. UMBC cryospheric scientist Christopher Shuman joined Williams on Earth Day to give a first-hand look at a changing Antarctica. Shuman discussed what it is like to work in such a difficult and rewarding place as Antarctica and showed how the glacial poles affect our entire Earth and climate system.
  • Earth Day 2009
    2009.04.25
    The DLN teamed with director and violinist Kenji Williams to present an out of this world experience known as Bella Gaia (Beautiful Earth). This one-of-a-kind multimedia journey of Earth, as observed from space, combined his music with NASA imagery. Bella Gaia was presented to students and teachers around the world during two webcasts from the Goddard studio.
  • Earth Science Week 2009
    2010.09.27
    The full webcast for Earth Science Week 2009: The Changing Oceans. This webcast features Dr. Marci Delaney and Dr. Gene Feldman, as well as questions from participating schools.

Multimedia Galleries

Earth Science Week 2012 Videos

Discovering Careers in Earth Science.
  • Discover Your Career
    2012.09.18
    Earth Science Week 2012: Discovering Careers in Earth Science
  • Spotlight: Dalia Kirschbaum
    2012.09.26
    Join us during Earth Science Week 2012 to meet an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers — from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers.

    Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet, and what their typical days are like. From video interviews to blog posts and more, there will be a variety of multimedia activities that will allow Explorers to tell their stories. Have questions of your own? Participate in live Twitter interviews and Google+ Hangouts held throughout the week, as well as during a radio interview and webinar in Spanish.

    On October 18, learn about the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science as part of Female Geoscientists Day.

    The 2012 NASA ESW website will be your one-stop-source for Earth science careers and resources during ESW and beyond. There you will find a collection of articles, information about events, links to blog posts, transcripts of Twitter interviews, and educational products in English and Spanish.

  • Spotlight: Christy Hansen
    2012.09.28
    Profile of Operation IceBridge project manager Christy Hansen for Earth Science Week 2012.
  • Spotlight: Janel Thomas
    2012.09.26
    Join us during Earth Science Week 2012 to meet an incredible group of NASA Earth Explorers — from scientists and engineers, to multimedia producers, educators and writers.

    Find out about their careers, why and how they study the planet, and what their typical days are like. From video interviews to blog posts and more, there will be a variety of multimedia activities that will allow Explorers to tell their stories. Have questions of your own? Participate in live Twitter interviews and Google+ Hangouts held throughout the week, as well as during a radio interview and webinar in Spanish.

    On October 18, learn about the many contributions of women at NASA to Earth science as part of Female Geoscientists Day.

    The 2012 NASA ESW website will be your one-stop-source for Earth science careers and resources during ESW and beyond. There you will find a collection of articles, information about events, links to blog posts, transcripts of Twitter interviews, and educational products in English and Spanish.

Earth Science Week 2011 Videos

This year's theme is "Our Ever-changing Earth," and NASA is offering a variety of multimedia products and educational activities designed to improve understanding of the natural processes that shape our planet over time.
  • Earth Science Week 2011 Kickoff
    2011.10.06
    This year's Earth Science Week theme is "Our Ever-changing Earth." These short introductory videos are designed to give educators a brief tour of what resources NASA has to offer. For more information and resources, visit the Earth Science Week website.
  • Meet Earth Scientists
    2011.10.10
    This year's Earth Science Week theme is "Our Ever-changing Earth." These short introductory videos are designed to give educators a brief tour of what resources NASA has to offer. For more information and resources, visit the Earth Science Week website.

    This page contains video segments with NASA scientists Gavin Schmidt, William Lau, and Waleed Abdalati.

  • ESW 2011 Webcast
    2011.10.10
    This year's Earth Science Week theme is "Our Ever-changing Earth." These short introductory videos are designed to give educators a brief tour of what resources NASA has to offer. For more information and resources, visit the Earth Science Week website.

    This page contains video segments with NASA scientists Gavin Schmidt, William Lau, and Waleed Abdalati.

Earth Science Week 2010 Videos

Theme: "Exploring Energy." The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth. NASA develops, deploys and manages an array of satellites that monitor and measure energy as it flows into, through and out of the Earth system.
  • Earth Science Week 2010 Kickoff
    2010.09.28
    "Exploring Energy" is the theme of this year's Earth Science Week, Oct. 10-16. The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth. NASA develops, deploys and manages an array of satellites that monitor and measure energy as it flows into, through and out of the Earth system. During Earth Science Week, a series of short videos will be posted to NASA's Earth Science Week website. Aimed at educators, the videos will present activities for different grade levels that highlight how NASA explores Earth's energy, such as the energy that fuels hurricanes.

    For archived Earth Science Week material, please visit the Earth Science Educator Resource Gallery.

    For additional multimedia resources, please check out the Energy Essentials Gallery.

  • Exploring Energy: Hurricanes
    2010.09.28
    "Exploring Energy" is the theme of this year's Earth Science Week, Oct. 10-16. The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth. NASA develops, deploys and manages an array of satellites that monitor and measure energy as it flows into, through and out of the Earth system. During Earth Science Week, a series of short videos will be posted to NASA's Earth Science Week website. Aimed at educators, the videos will present activities for different grade levels that highlight how NASA explores Earth's energy, such as the energy that fuels hurricanes.

    For archived Earth Science Week material, please visit the Earth Science Educator Resource Gallery.

    For additional multimedia resources, please check out the Energy Essentials Gallery.

  • Exploring Energy: Infrared
    2010.09.28
    "Exploring Energy" is the theme of this year's Earth Science Week, Oct. 10-16. The American Geological Institute hosts Earth Science Week annually in cooperation with various sponsors to engage people in Earth science and encourage stewardship of Earth. NASA develops, deploys and manages an array of satellites that monitor and measure energy as it flows into, through and out of the Earth system. During Earth Science Week, a series of short videos will be posted to NASA's Earth Science Week website. Aimed at educators, the videos will present activities for different grade levels that highlight how NASA explores Earth's energy, such as the energy that fuels hurricanes.

    For archived Earth Science Week material, please visit the Earth Science Educator Resource Gallery.

    For additional multimedia resources, please check out the Energy Essentials Gallery.

  • Weather Satellites in Orbit
    2010.10.08
    This visualization showcases the five weather satellites that create NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) products. The five geosynchronous satellites are: GOES-11, GOES-13, MSG-2, Meteosat-7 and MTSAT-2.

Earth Science Week 2009 Videos

Theme: "Understanding Climate." During Earth Science Week, NASA released six short educational videos, all part of a series entitled "Tides of Change." The videos focused on the connection between ocean and climate. Each video focused on a specific aspect of the connection, such as rising sea levels or the carbon cycle.
  • Oceans & Climate Change
    2009.10.12
    We know climate change can affect us, but does climate change alter something as vast, deep and mysterious as our oceans? For years, scientists have studied the world's oceans by sending out ships and divers, deploying data-gathering buoys, and by taking aerial measurements from planes. But one of the better ways to understand oceans is to gain an even broader perspective - the view from space. NASA's Earth observing satellites do more than just take pictures of our planet. High-tech sensors gather data, including ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and even marine life. Information the satellites obtain help us understand the complex interactions driving the world's oceans today - and gain valuable insight into how the impacts of climate change on oceans might affect us on dry land.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Water, Water Everywhere!
    2009.10.09
    Water is all around us, and its importance to nearly every natural process on earth cannot be underestimated. The water cycle is the movement of water around the Earth in all its forms, from the ocean to the atmosphere, to snow, soil, aquifers, lakes, and streams on land, and ultimately backs to the ocean. This video explains what the water cycle is and how important it is to life on earth.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • The Ocean's Green Machines
    2009.10.12
    One tiny marine plant makes life on Earth possible: phytoplankton. These microscopic photosynthetic drifters form the basis of the marine food web, they regulate carbon in the atmosphere, and are responsible for half of the photosynthesis that takes place on this planet. Earth's climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and as our home planet warms, so does the ocean. Warming waters have big consequences for phytoplankton and for the planet.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Salt of the Earth
    2009.10.12
    Salinity plays a major role in how ocean waters circulate around the globe. Salinity changes can create ocean circulation changes that, in turn, may impact regional and global climates. The extent to which salinity impacts our global ocean circulation is still relatively unknown, but NASA's new Aquarius mission will help advance that understanding by painting a global picture of our planet's salty waters.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Melting Ice, Rising Seas
    2009.10.12
    Sea level rise is an indicator that our planet is warming. Much of the world's population lives on or near the coast, and rising seas are something worth watching. Sea level can rise for two reasons, both linked to a warming planet. When ice on land, such as mountain glaciers or the ice sheets of Greenland or Antarctica, melt, that water contributes to sea level rise. And when our oceans get warmer - another indicator of climate change - the water expands, also making sea level higher. Using satellites, lasers, and radar in space, and dedicated researchers on the ground, NASA is studying the Earth's ice and water to better understand how sea level rise might affect us all.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Keeping Up With Carbon
    2009.10.12
    Carbon is all around us. This unique atom is the basic building block of life, and its compounds form solids, liquids, or gases. Carbon helps form the bodies of living organisms; it dissolves in the ocean; mixes in the atmosphere; and can be stored in the crust of the planet. A carbon atom could spend millions of years moving through this complex cycle. The ocean plays the most critical role in regulating Earth's carbon balance, and understanding how the carbon cycle is changing is key to understanding Earth's changing climate.

    For complete transcript, click here.

Earth Science Week 2008 Videos

Theme: "No Child Left Inside." NASA scientists tackle tough questions about Earth's systems in a series of short web videos. The questions cover how Earth's global systems are changing, the primary forces of change, the Earth's response to natural and human-induced changes, and how the Earth system will change in the future.
  • No Child Left Inside
    2008.10.14
    Keep your eyes glued to the Goddard Web site through the week of October 12 for daily videos that answer several questions about our home planet. The videos are all part of Earth Science Week: 2008, themed 'No Child Left Inside.'

Earth Day with Landsat

Professional Development

  • Hurricane Presentation
    2010.10.11
    In 2006, Hurricane scientist Dr. Jeff Halverson, and NASA Education specialist, John Leck, provided a full day professional development workshop for teachers in the Philadelpia region. Halverson and Leck explored the science behind hurricanes with these educators, along with the many educational resources available to accompany this field of Earth Science.