Selected outside resources

Here are some selected pointers to Earth Science learning resources. Of course there are many many organizations providing excellent activities and content. Please send us a pointer to your favorites and we may like to add it to this initial list!

Individual Earth science resources

  1. USGS teacher resources (US Geological Survey) https://www.usgs.gov/science-support/osqi/yes/resources-teachers. High value, all ages K-16, many “hands on” such as paper-fold models to explain geological concepts like tectonics, hydrology, etc.
  2. Ted.Ed, TED’s youth and education initiative. TED where Technology, Entertainment and Design converge.

    1. Paleontology (6 items) https://ed.ted.com/search?qs=paleontology
    2. Geology (32 items) https://ed.ted.com/search?qs=geology
    3. Or start at the top: https://ed.ted.com/
  3. Below BC: http://bbcga.com/
    1. Digital Museum at http://bbcga.com/catalog/ (including ~12 PME specimens in 3D)
    2. Gigapixel “GigaPan” landscapes: http://bbcga.com/gigapan-images/
  4. The Royal Museums Greenwich: An exceptional 3D interactive 16th century globe:
    https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/3d-mercator-terrestrial-globe-virtual-tour
  5. Evolution, a brief topic guide: http://www.show.me.uk/editorial/3582-topic-guide-evolution (relates to PME’s Hominids Hall.)
  6. BC Minerals ed:
    1. Mineral Resources Education Program of BC; a suite of classroom-ready resource units for K-12 written and developed by teachers to support BC curriculum.
    2. Or, start at https://www.mineralsed.ca/ for a wide range of information, resources, and suggestions for fun, engaging and educational materials.
    3. Also, https://mailchi.mp/mineralsed/mineralsed-april-2019-connections-3858161?e=809cd9a8df
  7. http://www.geosciencebc.com/ introduces you to independent, relevant, public Earth science research and data about British Columbia’s minerals, energy and water resources.
  8. Vancouver Island University curated resources: Earth Science K-12 Education.
    1. Teaching activities (colouring sheets, geology labs for kids, advanced activities, etc.)
    2. Printable resources (maps, geology of Nanaimo region and Vancouver Island, etc.)
    3. BC school curriculum connections.
    4. And other great sources!
  9. SERC portal for learning activities about Earth and space science curated resources
    1. For grades K-8. Each activity includes a description, background information, and necessary student documents.
    2. For grades 9-12. As above, but for more senior high school students.
  10. Go for a drive! An excellent self-guided tour of the Vancouver-to-Whistler highway from the Natural Resources Canada: PDF sea-to-sky geotour. (A little dated, but excellent value.)

Some Natural History & Science museums with resources:

  1. American Museum of Natural History
    1. online resources https://www.amnh.org/explore
    2. Climate change & Earth related activities. See especially “ask a scientist” and “if rocks could talk”.
  2. The Smithsonian:
    1. Learning Activity Choice Boards.
    2. Learning lab at https://learninglab.si.edu/
  3. The Field Museum, Chicago, https://www.fieldmuseum.org/ . An active “curiosity correspondent” with engaging science education videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop/videos). Examples …
    1. Meteorite or MeteorWRONG,
    2. Misfits of the Mineral Collection,
    3. What Fossils Reveal about Today’s Climate Change.
    4. Glow Rocks.
    5. And others.
  4. McGill Redpath, eg https://www.mcgill.ca/redpath/education

General guides to virtual museum resources, E-Learning and online collections:

  1. What are people looking for in Virtual museums? A fascinating summary with data is at museumhack.com’s virtual-museum-tour-trends page.
  2. Follow #museumfromhome
  3. “The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections”:
    http://mcn.edu/a-guide-to-virtual-museum-resources/.
  4. A compilation of online programming put together by other science centres and museums.
  5. Activities at the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network): https://www.nisenet.org/athome & https://www.nisenet.org/kits
  6. Examples of what other “children’s” museums are doing for virtual activities.
  7. At The Exploratorium (San Francisco’s science museum): earth & space science experiments.
  8. Science Education Resources Centre, SERC at https://serc.carleton.edu/index.html. A portal for selected learning activities spanning the sciences, but emphasizing Earth science.
  9. Teaching geoscience online: https://serc.carleton.edu/teachearth/teach_geo_online/index.html
  10. Geological Society of America Online Education Resources Guide: https://www.geosociety.org/GSA/Education_Careers/GSA/edu-career/online-resources.aspx
  11. Two from cuseum.com:
    1. how-to-keep-your-audience-engaged-entertained-and-inspired-in-the-age-of-coronavirus
    2. And how-to-captivate-connect-and-communicate-with-your-audience-during-coronavirus