ESRL Global Systems Division


Educational Resources

The Colorado River Story - A regional look at climate and freshwater in the arid west includes three stand-alone parts (best used in order together):

The POET Program - Protect Our Environmental Treasures (POET) is a series of 15 environmentally-based student activities for teachers to use in middle and high school. Hands-on interdisciplinary activities emphasize age-appropriate, academically challenging lessons that integrate typical school subjects and show how school subjects relate to "real life" practical application.

NOAA Education Resources

Wooly Magma – The Wooly Magma project illustrates the science of Earth's internal structure using a rubber ball and layers of dyed wool to illustrate the Earth's Inner Core, Outer Core, Mantle, Transition Zone, Asthenosphere, Lithosphere, and Crust.

CLIMGRAPH: Educational graphics on global climate change and the greenhouse effect.

Student Activities in Meteorology (SAM) and Student Activities in Meteorology II (SAM II) provide information and educational activities in meteorology, climatology, and space science. Activities are designed for middle schoolers (grades 6 - 8), but are usable between grades 4 and 12.

National Science Education Content Standards applicable to SAM II (PDF)

Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Educational Activities for Students - These activities are based on SOS, but can be done without actually viewing the sphere:

Past Activities

GSD's Role

  • Provide atmospheric science information to education and community groups
  • Arrange outreach programs, including a Visiting Scientist program for schools
  • Videos, slides, written materials, and various weather instruments available for use in presentations
  • Weather Kit available to schools
  • Provide Science Fair judges
  • Science Mentors
  • Bring Your Child to Work Day


Hilary Peddicord