Water and Air Systems

The study of the environment involves systems and subsystems. It may not be possible in any one year to complete more than two or three projects in this domain. However, it is important to lay the foundation and gradually expand students’ understanding of these systems.

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Drought

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln maintains this resource, with information on current conditions, drought risk areas, climate data by state or specific location (e.g., your school), and basic information.  learn more

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FreshWaterLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure

Everyone needs fresh water to live, but fresh water is limited and precious. This site provides videos, lesson plans and more about the importance of fresh water, watersheds, and the water cycle.  learn more

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Games for Water Conservation

Middle school students can increase their awareness and understanding of coastal, estuaries, tides and ocean issues.  learn more

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KidWind - Explore Renewable Energy

For the last 15 years, KidWind has been focused on teaching the world about renewable energy. We have helped thousands of educators bring wind and solar power to life in the classroom, guided by its award-winning curriculum, its unique tools and kits, and a deep passion for the subject matter. Learn more KidWind looks at…  learn more

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NOAA - Education

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Discover our resources and programs for educators, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about our ocean and coasts!  learn more

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Oregon Museum of Science and Technology--Waterworks

The OMSI site (Oregon Musuem of Science and Technology) explains the way fountains work--another take on water systems. All instructions are supplied for students to construct their own fountain.  learn more

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Ozone Hole Watch

NASA has developed this education resource broken out by grade level to provide images, data, and information on the Ozone Hole in the Southern Hemisphere and the ozone status in the Northern Hemisphere.  learn more

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Project WET

Their goal is a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Includes on-line resources, regional workshops, student sites & games, and more.  learn more

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The 100 Year Flood Is Not What You Think It Is

Almost everyone agrees that flooding is bad. Most years it's the number one natural disaster in the US by dollars of damage. So being able to characterize flood risks is a crucial job of civil engineers. Engineering hydrology has equal parts statistics and understanding how society treats risks. We need to be prepared for the…  learn more

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The Gulf Stream Explained

The Gulf Stream is part of a global conveyer belt -- a large-scale ocean circulation that is driven by differences in the density of the ocean water. It plays a key role in keeping the climate at balance and Europe warm. This video also explores how global warming might change this conveyer belt and why…  learn more

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United States Drought Monitor

This map, maintained by National Drought Mitigation Center and updated weekly, tracks the current conditions in the United States. With droughts now impacting nearly every part of the U.S., this web site tracks the week-to-week changes. See what areas are currently being affected, how things change from week to week, and how long it can…  learn more

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University of Delaware

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware offers K-12 teachers a variety of free or low-cost resources on the earth, oceans, and environmental science. Check with your nearby colleges and universities to see what resources they can provide.  learn more

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Wind Energy Activities

Includes a wide range of simple projects including a wind powered vehicle, air movement, local air quality, a wind vane, and solar oven, along with games and quizzes.  learn more

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Wind Map

This real-time wind map started out as a personal art project. Click to zoom in on your region. This map displays in real-time the current wind conditions across the contiguous 48 states. Using surface wind data from the National Digital Forecast Database, it displays current wind speeds and directions using a multitude of moving, flowing…  learn more