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Environmental, Earth and Space Science

  • Solar Cell Misconceptions All of your students have seen photovoltaic solar cells used in a variety of ways; however, students may have misconceptions in understanding what influences solar cell output. This activity sets the record straight and explores how ambient temperature and the angle of illumination can affect solar cell output in volts. View »
  • Plate Tectonics Activity Here is a fascinating activity that will help you give your students a better understanding of Earth's structure and how it creates tectonic plate movement. View »
  • Exploring Habitat Degradation with Isopods Habitat degradation and destruction are two of the biggest contributors to biodiversity loss worldwide. This easy activity will encourage your students to explore the effects of habitat degradation on pill bugs. View »
  • Modeling the Coriolis Effect The Coriolis effect can be a tough concept to explain, but it's fairly easy to model. Try this simple and inexpensive balloon activity. View »
  • The Great American Eclipse of 2017 The first total solar eclipse to be seen exclusively in the continental US since the country’s founding occurs on August 21, 2017. Use this guide to prepare for the historic event. View »
  • Infographic: Ecosystem Services Clean water, pollination, and flood control are several of the free services that ecosystems provide to human kind. This infographic shows how ecosystem service provide huge economic and health benefits to humans. View »
  • Volcano in the Classroom Here’s a safe, easy, and vivid interpretation of a classic activity that won’t break the budget. All you’ll need are a few common items—a beaker, sand, water, a candle, and a hot plate. View »
  • The Phenomenon of Plate Tectonics How do the dynamic systems of Earth change its surface? What role does the movement of the tectonic plates play? Explore this phenomenon using investigations from the STCMS™ unit Earth's Dynamic Systems. View »
  • Sand Dune Erosion in a Box Top This activity for elementary and middle school students demonstrates the concept and effects of erosion simply and inexpensively using found materials. View »
  • Understanding Unfamiliar Units: What Is a Light Year? Here's an activity that gets your students moving while they practice measuring units. By putting time and distance traveled into units students can directly relate to, the abstract concept of the light year is more easily understood. View »
  • Hints to Help Students Do Well on the AP* Environmental Science Exam The AP Environmental Science Exam went from 5,000 participants in 1998 to 100,600 in 2013. Find out some ways to improve your students’ exam scores. View »
  • In a Fog? Cloud Formation Use this activity to explore the reasons for cloud formation. View »
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