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Climate Change

A compilation of climate change and weather public engagement and professional learning resources for informal science educators.

Weather refers to short-term changes in the atmosphere, climate refers to atmospheric changes over longer periods of time. Learn more about the difference between weather and climate

NISE Network public programs

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Exploring Earth: Rising Sea

In this activity, learners explore how to use topographical mapping techniques to track changes in sea level and have discussions about the effects of rising sea levels on the environment and coastal communities.
Family using thermometer to take temperature of their arm for the Heat Map activity

Exploring Earth: Temperature Mapping

In this activity, learners model the way Landsat satellites use a thermal infrared sensor to measure land surface temperatures.
Photo of person pouring water on soil and sand to demonstrate erosion

Exploring Earth: Land Cover

In this activity, learners model some of the ways natural processes affect Earth’s landscape through erosion and sediment pollution.
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Sustainable Futures collection of public programs

In this collection of activities, learners explore sustainability science concepts in a variety of activities.
Child using putting marbles into tube with funnel in Water Roll SustainABLE kit activity

SustainABLE Kit

Activities and professional development resources designed to engage the public in sustainability.
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Energy Challenges, Nanotech Solutions?

In this forum, learners take the role of a governmental funding agency and asks them to consider how nanotechnology should fit into the timeline and scope of future national energy policy.
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Tiny Solutions to Our Big Energy Problem

In this stage presentation, learners hear a brief overview of energy sources and our current energy crisis and discusses a variety of ways that nanotechnology can improve the situation.
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Earth Day

A compilation of resources for engaging the public in the Earth, Earth Day, and Earth science. Resources can be used for celebrating Earth Day April 22, Earth Week, and Earth Month.
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A compilation of energy public engagement resources and activities; topics focus on energy sources, transmission, and storage including: electricity, solar photovoltaic panels, batteries, electromagnetic spectrum, and transmission using graphene. Also included are resources for annual events including Static Electricity Day, Nuclear Science Week, Earth Day, and National Chemistry Week

Climate Change

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Climate change science

Communicating climate change science


Annual Weather Awareness, Seasons, and Climate Events

Groundhog Day (February 2)

  • Use Exploring Earth: Bear's Shadow activity to make and experiment with shadows
  • STEM topics to explore include: signs of spring (animals emerging from hibernation), signs of winter (clear, cold days), and seasons (February 2 lies midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox) 
  • NASA Space Place seasons resources

Severe Weather Awareness Weeks (March, dates vary by state)
Severe weather may include flood, fire, lightning, hurricane, tornados, tsunami, earthquake, heat, and cold

Earth Hour (mid-March)

Spring Equinox (March 19 or 20 in the Northern Hemisphere)

World Meteorology Day (March 23)

Earth Day (April 22)

Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June)

Summer Solstice (June 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere)

Fall Equinox (September 22 or 23 in the Northern Hemisphere)

Winter Solstice (December 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere)

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Finding STEM Experts