Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network
The Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) offers a fine range of educational materials for educators hoping to build their students’ “understanding of the core ideas in climate and energy science.” Visitors can look over the What’s New area to learn about updated lesson plans, classroom activities, and featured resources like “Soil Microbes and Global Warming.” Users shouldn’t miss the Browse the Reviewed Educational Resources area. Here they can learn about scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate science, organized by resource type and grade level. Some of these activities include “What is the fate of CO2 produced by fossil fuel combustion?” and “Paleoclimates and Pollen.” Additionally, visitors can sign up to join the CLEAN community and access more webinars and workshops, become a CLEAN reviewer, or learn about new resources as they are released.
[Source: Scout Report, Volume 19, Number 21, May 24, 2013]
NOAA Education Resources: Carbon Cycle Collection
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently updated its Education Resources website, and there are some fine changes worth nothing. One in particular is the updated section on climate. First-time visitors will note that the materials here are divided into five sections, which include Real World Data and Background Information. Educators will find that the homepage contains a great introduction to the operations and processes of the carbon cycle, and it’s a great stand-alone resource for students new to the field. Moving along, the Lessons and Activities area includes six different resources, including Cycling Carbon Lab and Finding Carbon Sinks. Finally, visitors shouldn’t miss the Career Profiles area which may serve to inspire young people to join the ranks of persons working as fuel scientists and geologists.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 18, Number 19, May 11, 2012]
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a long history in the U.S. Government, funded in 1901 as the first federal physical science research laboratory. One of their emphases is on manufacturing. Users can choose a subject area to check out even more specific topics to investigate. These subject areas such as Environment/Climate and Transportation, are related to Social Sciences.
Discovering African-American History in Rural Ohio
This fine project is part of the Knox County Ohio Black History Digital Archives. The intent of the project is to inform the public about the experiences of African Americans in this portion of rural Ohio. “Social Life” allows visitors to learn about some of the early organizations that served the African American community. The timeline also gives an overview of African American life in Knox County and it is a helpful introduction to the history of the community.
[Source: The Scout Report, Volume 17, Number 35, September 2, 2011]