Earth Science Week 2010 - Exploring Energy

  • Released Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"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 in the Classroom: Hurricanes

How do hurricanes get their energy? NASA hurricane scientist Dr. Jeff Halverson explains how hurricanes draw energy from the ocean surface. The video also provides an example of a classroom activity that allows students to map the change in sea surface temperature over time. This activity from My NASA Data uses actual data gathered from Hurricane Rita, which struck the Gulf of Mexico in September 2005.

For complete transcript, click here.


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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:54 PM EDT.


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This visualization originally appeared on the following tapes:
  • Earth Science Week 2010 Kickoff (ID: 2010125)
    Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 4:00AM
  • Earth Science Week 2010: Exploring Energy in the Classroom (ID: 2010128)
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 4:00AM