Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)

The Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN) is dedicated to improving Earth system literacy through increased communication and collaboration among providers of informal Earth system education. The collection is designed for museum professionals (educators, exhibits designers, developers) as a resource of ideas, tools, traveling exhibits and online materials. The resources are web portals to organizations providing substantial informal Earth system science education. They describe educational programming, resources and exhibits that are pertinent to an informal educator.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain region‰ŰŞs leading resource for informal science education, and has a variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities to help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. Exhibits include Gems and Minerals, Hall of Life, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and various wildlife exhibits. There are also a variety of online exhibits and information, including Ancient Denvers, Colorado‰ŰŞs Forces of Nature, Follow a Fossil, Ice Age, and Water and Life on Mars. The Museum‰ŰŞs collections include more than 775,000 objects, curated in the departments of Anthropology, Earth Sciences, Space Sciences, and Zoology. Online science includes the Colorado Spider Survey, and the Green River Project, a web-based collection of fossil plants from Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. There are numerous educational outreach opportunities, both on and off site, for school groups, families and children, including workshops, lectures, classes, certification programs, and travel. The Museum has both an IMAX theater and a Planetarium, with shows on Earth and space science.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Falls of the Ohio State Park
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Falls of the Ohio State Park, on the banks of the Ohio river, is home to 386 million year old fossil beds, among the largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The interpretive center, featuring a video presentation and exhibit gallery, overlooks the fossil beds. The Park holds a number of special events throughout the year, including fossil bed hikes, Young Paleontologist camp, summer programs for kids, geology, archeology, and paleontology workshops, and environmental education. There are several downloadable resources from the website, including illustrated information on brachiopods, crinoids, and trilobites, as well as activities to foster learning about life in the Devonian seas. In addition to the interpretive center, there are the Ohio River and Coral Reef Aquariums where visitors can view many species of fish, corals and other invertebrates. While fossil collecting is prohibited, the park staff encourages visitors to explore and discover the many different types of fossils that can be found on the ancient sea bottom.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Kentucky Geological Survey: Earth Science Education Network
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This website contains educational resources for K-12 classrooms provided by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS). The purpose of this site is to provide educational Earth Science resources from around the globe using the internet. Earth science links, classroom activities, demonstrations, and a listserv for teachers are provided.

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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DLESE Community Collection
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Lawrence Hall of Science
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Lawrence Hall of Science is a resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with hands-on experiences for learners of all ages. Home of the William Knox Holt Planetarium, there is extensive educational programming centered on astronomy, including Planetarium Activities for Student Success kits for purchase that illustrate basic principles of astronomy. Earthquakes, erosion, wind and weather are the focus of the Forces that Shape the Bay exhibits, and there are also a number of exhibits highlighting math and physics. The website provides many online games and home activities available for download. The Lawrence Hall of Science Center for Curriculum Innovation creates instructional materials in mathematics and science for preschool through 12th graders for use by students, teachers and other educators, parents and families, and the website provides an array of information on the various programs. Title II funding for professional development is available.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
07/08/2004
Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium
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The Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium features a wide variety of Earth science exhibits, a Wildlife Center, and an Immersion Theater. Fourteen High Definition screens throughout the Museum play videos on various science topics, and have covered Space Shuttle Launches in real time. The Museum hosts lectures on astronomy and other topics, Star Gazer video podcasts are available online, and the Meade telescope is open to the public on Fridays. The Wildlife Center hosts an online virtual wildlife education page, as well as information on their Adopt a Bird of Prey program.There are a number of online professional development resources including a database where teachers can share and find online resources to support the National Science Education Standards. Taffy Time is an online resource of age appropriate activities, and information on outreach, awards and youth development resources are also available. Information on traveling exhibits the Museum has available for rent, as well as current projects such as Communicating Pre-evolutionary Concepts To Young Children in Informal Settings, can also be found on the website.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. The Aquarium website has extensive information on conservation efforts world wide, ways in which the public can help, as well as a slide show of exhibit highlights. There are more than fifty online videos with related educational links, and a kid‰ŰŞs corner with live web cams, activities and games, Discover Diving, Student Oceanography Club, downloadable Animal Field Guides, Cool Facts, and more. The Sea Searchers Handbook is a downloadable 168 page activities and educational manual covering ocean habitats and creatures. There is an education newsletter for teachers available by email, and teacher programs include hands-on workshops, teacher institutes and in-service training opportunities. Also available online are variety of educational activities and standards-based teaching units to learn and teach about ocean life. The Conservation and Research page has information on a number of conservation programs, as well as the Seafood Watch pocket guide that helps consumers make smart seafood choices that make a difference for the future of ocean wildlife.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
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The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The Museum has three floors of exhibits, featuring the world‰ŰŞs largest collection of natural gold in the Hall of Gems and Minerals, a dueling T. rex and Triceratops in the Dinosaur Hall, an insect zoo, Discovery Center hands-on activity world, as well as an exhibit featuring the world‰ŰŞs rarest sharks. Programs include Winter Adventures in Nature offering children Pre-K through grade 8 the opportunity to explore a wide variety of museum topics about Earth's features, creatures and cultures from around the globe. There are classes available for children Pre-K through eighth grade on a wide variety of topics, and a Critter Club for ages three through five. There are group overnight adventures, and Family Fun Days featuring a special theme, from Dinosaurs to Dogs to Spooky Stuff. Interplay is the Museum‰ŰŞs web-based forum that brings the museum experience to life by providing a space for the exchange of ideas, inviting teachers, artists, thinkers, and the community to participate and contribute their thoughts and impressions of special exhibits.

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History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Interactive
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NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Social Sciences Gateways and Resources
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
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This institution's mission is to enlighten the public by developing and presenting fundamental knowledge of natural history research, to teach and inspire a lifelong passion and abiding respect for the natural world. The website provides links information on logistics, membership, education, exhibits, and gift store. Educative resources include school and teacher services, outreach opportunities, community education, nature adventures, classes, workshops, and field trips. Located in Santa Barbara, California.

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History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
10/30/2014
University of California Museum of Paleontology
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Although the term "museum" usually evokes a vision of long halls lined with exhibits, the University of California Museum of Paleontology is more like a library representing more than a billion years of life on Earth. It is an active center of research, housing one of the nation's largest fossil collections as well as state-of-the-art facilities for the study of these fossils. Research focuses on fields related to paleontology, including systematics and evolution of protists, plants and animals; biostratigraphy; paleoecology; paleoceanography; paleobiogeography; and paleoenvironmental analysis. One can browse individual faculty web pages for more specific information on current research interests, or visit the Information Exchange page to find out more through publications and on-line discussions. There is extensive online information and exhibits covering phylogenetics, geology, and evolution, as well as a virtual tour of the Museum. Weekend short courses are offered, and online K-12 resources include Understanding Evolution, Explorations Through Time, Learning from the Fossil Record, ISTAT Digital Curriculum Guide, and PaleoPortal, providing access to high-quality North American paleontology resources on the Internet.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Earth System Science Informal Education Network (ESSIEN)
Date Added:
11/02/2014