Educator Features

A Menu of NASA Education Resources
10.27.05
Thanks to the World Wide Web, Earth and space science educators have gained unprecedented access to classroom and informal education resources. But like a restaurant menu overflowing with choices, the large selection can be overwhelming for teachers in search of the product that best suits their tastes or needs.

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Image to right: NASA has many resources available for Earth and space science education. Credit: NASA

NASA's online databases -- the Earth Science Education Catalog and the Space Science Education Resource Directory -- make the process of finding education materials a bit more palatable. Both directories can be searched by keyword or browsed by grade level, and resources shown can be used to teach a variety of topics, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, geography and the physical sciences.

  • The Earth Science Education Catalog features NASA-supported products and resources for use in classroom and informal settings. The catalog is updated regularly and items listed have been reviewed by an independent panel of educators and scientists to ensure they are accurate and meet science education standards.

    NASA Earth science education resources encourage exploration of our planet as a system of connected parts -- air, land, water and life. The catalog also includes programs that promote student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math, and support teacher professional development.


  • The Space Science Education Resource Directory is a listing of NASA-supported education products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums and other venues. Selected items have been reviewed by a panel of educators and scientists.

    NASA space science education resources promote exploration of the sun, our solar system and the farthest reaches of the universe. In addition to grade level, the directory can also be browsed by subject area. Browsing topics are based on science education standards.

Both Earth and space science resources are periodically featured in the "For Educators" and "For Students" sections of the NASA Web site.

Other sources include:
Materials page of "For Educators" on NASA Web site
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Printed copies available through OfficeMax
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Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies