Resources for Grades 9–12

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shooting lasers from space

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grades 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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bottle filled with water and plastic

Lesson

grades 9–12

Mini-Plastic Ocean

Create a model of how plastic trash moves in the ocean using an empty two-liter bottle. Extend your learning by observing gyres on Earth.

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food and climate change

Interactive

grades 9–12

Food and Climate Change

Find connections between what we grow, eat, and throw away and the impact of climate change.

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foam version of Earth

Lesson

grades 10–12

How Health and Climate Are Connected

Watch this overview of how climate change affects public health. Then, read some of the related articles and complete the reflection prompts.

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Video

grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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investigating coral bleaching

Interactive

grades 6–12

Investigating Coral Bleaching

Use actual data to better understand how rising sea temperatures are affecting coral reefs, some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth.

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saving earth

Video

grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

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milly zantow

Video

grades 4–12

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Ever wonder what the number on the bottom of plastic items means? Learn about the plastic numbering system and why it came to be.

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eliminating single-use plastics

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grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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journey through an exploded star

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grades 7–12

Journey Through an Exploded Star

Step inside an explosion of a massive star and explore the forces that connect each of us to the stars.

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history of dirt

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grades 9–12

The History of Dirt

Learn why dirt is more than just the stuff we wash off our hands and feet – it's the stuff of life!

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person creating origami

Activity

grades 5–12

Space Origami

Fold a piece of paper to find out how rockets can carry a starshade as big as a baseball diamond to take pictures in space.

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satellite view of Mars

Activity

grades 6–10

Moving on Mars

Develop a game to make a rover move on Mars. Download a free Scratch account to start, then add code for targets, hazards, and more!

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drawn out idea

Activity

grades 3–9

Helpful Invention

Dream up an invention you think could help make people's lives better. Design it, then build it. Check out the two examples for inspiration.

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jerry lawson

Article/Ebook

grades 8–12

Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

Read this article about inventor and engineer Jerry Lawson, who developed the first interchangeable, cartridge-based video game system—before Atari and Nintendo!

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facial recognition

Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Facing Facial Recognition

Explore this interactive article on facial recognition. Do you know of any tech like this used in your home or community? Is it worth it?

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message in a bottle

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Message in a Bottle

Read an article and watch a video about the impact of plastic bottles on the environment. Then explore some of the possible solutions.

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microbeads

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Microbeads: Huge Problem

Find out how people worked together to ban the use of a dangerous ingredient in cosmetics. Are there movements you want to help?

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people digging for dinosaur bones

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Digging for Dinosaurs

Travel to Antarctica with a team of paleontologists and find out first-hand how dinosaur bones are found.

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person holding a small electronic item

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

Small (but Mighty) Tech

View this photo essay about some teeny high-tech innovations designed to perform highly specialized tasks. What other applications for micro-size tech can you dream up?

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Article/Ebook

grades 10–12

Critical Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Listen to (and read) this conversation about AI. Use the questions as prompts for your own written or spoken reflection.

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Teacher in classroom with students using laptops

Article/Ebook

grades 6–12

9 Top YouTube Channels for Classroom Lessons

Find great videos to bring the world and all of its wonder to your students.

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Female student working on a project

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

10 Best Science Tools for High School

Ensure high school students grow into informed adults with regard to environmental issues, technology choices, health care decisions, and more.

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food and climate change

Interactive

grades 9–12

Food and Climate Change

Find connections between what we grow, eat, and throw away and the impact of climate change.

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investigating coral bleaching

Interactive

grades 6–12

Investigating Coral Bleaching

Use actual data to better understand how rising sea temperatures are affecting coral reefs, some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth.

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journey through an exploded star

Interactive

grades 7–12

Journey Through an Exploded Star

Step inside an explosion of a massive star and explore the forces that connect each of us to the stars.

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lava

Interactive

grades 1–12

National Parks

Explore some of the most beautiful places in the USA, guided by National Park Rangers.

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diagram indicating which parts of the brain control the body

Interactive

grades 3–12

How Does the Brain Work?

Play around with these brain-boosting interactives to find out fascinating facts about different parts and jobs of the human brain.

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elephants in a museum

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Field Museum

Take a virtual trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, and explore their animal exhibits using Street View.

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screenshot from game

Interactive

grades 8–12

Solve the Outbreak

This engaging game can help older kids learn the methods epidemiologists use to determine the source of a disease and how to stop it from spreading.

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penguins

Interactive

grades 6–12

Evolution Lab

Explore the roots and branches of the tree of life in this interactive lab focused on phylogenetics, the study of evolutionary relationships between species.

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paper cutouts of space-related objects

Interactive

grades 9–12

Virtually Tour Space

Explore the cosmos with a virtual walk through CERN in Switzerland, and get an in-depth look at the scientific discoveries they've made possible.

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Digital cutout of Earth's crust

Interactive

grades 9–12

Shifting Plates Make Earth's Shapes

See how movements of the Earth's crust can cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and change the shapes of continents and oceans in this interactive story map.

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Sample graph of spending habits

Interactive

grades 8–12

What's Going On in This Graph?

Check back each week to dig into a new fascinating graph connected to current events. What do you notice about it? What do you wonder?

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Cybersecurity Challenge

Strengthen your cyber defenses with this virtual lab. Learn how to protect yourself from hackers that can download viruses and steal passwords on your computer.

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bottle filled with water and plastic

Lesson

grades 9–12

Mini-Plastic Ocean

Create a model of how plastic trash moves in the ocean using an empty two-liter bottle. Extend your learning by observing gyres on Earth.

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foam version of Earth

Lesson

grades 10–12

How Health and Climate Are Connected

Watch this overview of how climate change affects public health. Then, read some of the related articles and complete the reflection prompts.

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character illustration

Lesson

grades 9–12

Khan Academy Science

Find high-quality resources for self-paced instruction in a range of science and engineering subjects including physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and more.

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periodic table

Lesson

grades 8–12

Table Trends

Explore the periodic table in this short course. Can you explain how the elements are classified or describe the properties of each group?

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cars on a race track

Lesson

grades 10–12

Playground Physics

Dive into this introductory course about centripetal force and acceleration. How do these concepts apply to a merry-go-round? How about a yo-yo?

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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sample image of coding

Lesson

grades 3–12

Quick Coding Course

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

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a foot on a distortion pedal

Lesson

grades 6–12

Design a Distortion Pedal

Discover the history of the distortion pedal, a little box that changed rock music. Then learn about what distortion is and design your own pedal.

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Lesson

grades 8–12

Dig Deeper Into Science News

Use this video and discussion guide to understand how headlines shape the way we interpret science–and health–related news.

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Lesson

grades 9–12

Survey Methods

Learn about scientific research methods by evaluating actual research conducted on African elephant populations. Start with the interactive presentation, then dig into the worksheet.

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shooting lasers from space

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Video

grades 6–12

Shooting Lasers from Space

Learn how NASA Goddard researcher Lola Fatoyinbo shoots lasers at trees to measure how much carbon forests store.

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turning vegetables into clean energy

Video

grades 6–12

Turning Vegetables into Clean Energy

Not only are vegetables good for your health, but they also can be used to make electricity and biofuel.

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clean energy

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Video

grades 6–12

Clean Energy

Learn how clean, renewable energy can drastically lower gas emissions and reduce our use of fossil fuels to potentially save our earth's climate.

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saving earth

Video

grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

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milly zantow

Video

grades 4–12

Milly Zantow: Recycling Revolutionary

Ever wonder what the number on the bottom of plastic items means? Learn about the plastic numbering system and why it came to be.

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eliminating single-use plastics

Selected by

TKSST

Video

grades 3–12

Eliminating Single-Use Plastics

Travel to Belize with Marie McGrory to find out how she made it through (almost) the whole trip without single-use plastics.

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history of dirt

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Video

grades 9–12

The History of Dirt

Learn why dirt is more than just the stuff we wash off our hands and feet – it's the stuff of life!

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bioturbation in action

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Bioturbation in Action

Watch these time-lapse videos to see earthworms and other small critters do the important work of bioturbation, the mixing up of soil and sediment.

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future forest is made of plastic

Video

grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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flip flop sculptures

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Video

grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

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doing research, breaking barriers

Video

grades 3–12

Doing Research, Breaking Barriers

Find inspiration in the story of science educator and graduate student Adania Flemming, who studies marine life at the University of Florida.

Video

grades 6–12

What Makes Muscles Grow?

With over 600 muscles in our bodies, we must learn how to give them attention and stay active to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

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how do computers learn

Website/App

grades 9–12

How Do Computers Learn?

Explore these free lessons and materials to find out more about artificial intelligence, how it works, and what you can do to make it better.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

National Geographic Education

Find high-quality, standards-based resources relating to science, geography, world history, engineering, cartography, current events, and more.

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STEM career path

Website/App

grades 3–12

Discover a STEM Career Path

Browse this site's videos featuring inspiring women discussing their work. Which careers seem most interesting to you? How might you pursue them?

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earth school

Website/App

grades 6–12

Earth School

This eco-minded site has 30 quests to complete over six weeks, each with a video, questions, and ways to dig deeper.

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Boy working on problem - Knowledge on the Go

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Great Minds: Knowledge on the Go

Build knowledge with these high-quality, daily instructional video lessons for ELA (grades K–8), math (grades K–12), and science (grades 3–5).

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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a man hiking

Website/App

grades 1–12

CK-12 (For Students)

Choose a subject and specific topic to practice or learn some math, science, or social studies.

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illustration of people in a classroom lab

Website/App

grades 4–10

Frontiers for Young Minds

Read and discuss articles on cutting-edge science discoveries written by scientists and reviewed by kids and teens.

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Website/App

grades 7–12

Stars in Your Backyard

Become a citizen scientist from your bedroom window by measuring the light pollution in your area. Record your observations with your device and share.

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Website/App

grades 3–12

Environment Channel

Take a deeper look at the natural systems that sustain life on earth and find new ways to participate as good players in the system.

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bats

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Blood-Sucking Bats!

Use this downloadable worksheet to suck some math practice out of these fun facts about vampire bats.