Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

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Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how the leaves of deciduous trees perform their annual chameleon act, changing from various shades of green to hues of bronze, orange and brilliant red.

Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

Wonderful video on the adaption of tress to survive cold weather. Video Link

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Great White Shark Research Expedition

Come Explore the Oceans with Us!


Join Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza of the Ocean First Institute and her team as they take you and your students 30 feet underwater to conduct research inside a shark cage off the Pacific coast. Researchers will be using lasers built by St. Vrain Students at the Innovation Center to collect data on shark length. While underwater, Dr. Mikki will be communicating through a special mask, narrating the entire experience and helping students learn more about one of the world’s most iconic animals, the great white shark.

Together students and teachers will learn how to identify basic shark anatomy and differentiate between male and female sharks. Students will assist in identifying individual sharks based on unique markings. The webinar will be co-hosted by great white shark researcher, Dr. Chris Lowe, from his California State Long Beach Shark Lab. Visit the website listed below for K-12 learning activities, LIVE White Shark movement trackers and other resources. Learn More & View Learning Activities


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How will we feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050?

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students experience the lives of three farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada.


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Earth Science Week

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UCAR Video – Wildfires and Climate Change Attribution: It’s Complicated!

Climate change is contributing to longer wildfire seasons in certain locations due to earlier snowmelt, and models project that as average temperatures around the planet increase due to ever growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the number of wildfires will also increase in many regions. Despite these connections and predictions, attributing cause of a specific wildfire event to climate change remains exceedingly complicated.

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Space School is Now in Session…

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As part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, Lockheed Martin is studying the capabilities needed to support human pioneering in deep space. To explore the depths of our galaxy, habitats are essential to keep astronauts safe, healthy and productive. You & Your Students can Help!


Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.
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Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever

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Celebrating 100 Years Of Service

The centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation. Most importantly, it’s about inviting you to join us. We all have a role to play in ensuring that future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy the thrilling experiences of nature and wildlife, history and culture, and the spirit of adventure that is waiting at every national park. A special Thanks to Teresa Randolph (Legacy Elementary) for putting together some resources for us.

Theresa Randolph’s (Legacy Elementary) Collection of Learning Activities

National  Park WebRangers      Early Leaders of the Park Service Idea

National Park Links & Lesson Plans

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TED ED How to visualize one part per million

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“Parts per million” is a scientific unit of measurement that counts the number of units of one substance per one million units of another. But because it’s hard to conceptualize really large numbers, it can be difficult to wrap our brains around what “one part per million” really means. View Video & Lesson

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Full Moon: Why Does It Happen? How Does It Affect Us?


What happens when the Sun Earth and Moon line up (in that order)?  The Moon always shows us the same face, but there’s only one instant when the Moon is truly “Full.” Video

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