CEOAS Recommended Virtual Resources for K-12 Earth and Environmental Sciences

The list below provides some ideas from Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences for families and teachers to support learning at home.

Some of these resources include outdoor ideas* to keep our bodies and minds fresh in this challenging time! 

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Explore OSU’s New Research Vessel Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) website hosts webcams, videos, and 3D renderings of the new RCRV and its construction.

Introduce Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences to your K-6th grader with these OSU CEOAS Suitcase Lessons, developed by researchers in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Check out CEOAS graduate student science in the CEOAS Chronicles Blog.

Watch OSU Earth Science in Action CEOAS YouTube Channel showcases videos of CEOAS research on glaciers, ocean, climate change, mapping, rocks, and much, much more.

*Collect Important Data Around Your Neighborhood GLOBE Observer Citizen Science App relies heavily on your photos to collect data about clouds, mosquito habitat and land cover.

Virtually Visit Oregon Tidepools Oregon State Parks Tidepools webpage has virtual tours, videos, and blog posts about this unique intertidal zone, or take a virtual visit with Jane Lubchenco and Oregon Field Guide.

Listen to Earth Science Podcasts Science Friday Earth Science Podcasts.

Explore the World with Interactive Maps NASA and National Geographic provide colorful and informative interactive maps of global processes.

Explore Earth and Space with virtual tours, apps, videos, podcasts, lesson plans and more from NASA at Home.

*What Kind of Rock is This? Get cool maps and explore ordinary everyday rocks with ROCKD App.

*Identify and Record Plants, Animals, Birds and Natural Phenomena for a higher purpose with National Geographic Citizen Science Apps.

*Help Create Awesome Maps with the online crowdsourcing mapping project USGS TNMCorpsHelp.

Explore Fun and Educational Online Apps with these rated lists from Common Sense Media about geography, Earth science, ocean creatures, and *outdoor adventures.

Dive Deep into Marine Science and much, more with this collection of STEM resources for families learning at home from OSU Sea Grant.  View upcoming virtual programs and events here.
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Dig into a Rainbow of STEM Lessons, apps, and events with this comprehensive list of virtual resources, curated by the youth education professionals at OSU Precollege Programs.  Also check out their STEM@Home webinars.

Explore OMSI without leaving home!  Check out virtual programs and Science at Home Weekly with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Learn About Oregon’s First Geologists and how to use geography to understand the importance of land to Native Americans through the 4th Grade Tribal History Lesson Plans from Oregon Department of Education.  See options for 8th and 10th grade curriculum on left side menu.

Access Mini-Lessons about the Atmosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Hydrosphere and the Earth System with My NASA Data.    
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Investigate the Bering Glacier with OSU Researchers and middle school science teachers through eMapR.

Explore Graphs, Maps, and Datasets to enrich your students’ observations and inferences using My NASA Data Literacy Cubes.

Learn about Ocean Sciences and Test your Knowledge using the resources available for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (click on the “learn” tab).

Explore Planets and Space through a super accessible set of activities for elementary-aged kids with NASA Space Place.

Find Out About the Indigenous History of the place where you live with this Native Lands interactive map.

Investigate the Science of our Changing Climate with NOAA lesson plans and interactive maps.

Contribute to Global Efforts by collecting data and participating in the scientific process with GLOBE (click on “Do GLOBE” tab for experiments and activities).   
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Dig Deep into Earth Sciences with lesson plans from American Geosciences Institute Earth Sciences Week.

Explore STEAM Subjects with an online curriculum based around citizen science from STEAM Squad for grades 5-8.

Learn How Satellites are Used to Monitor Ice with NASA ICESat-2 and Paige, its penguin friend.

Explore Oregon with an Atlas and accompanying lesson plans designed specifically for elementary and middle school students with Portland State University’s Student Atlas of Oregon.     
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Learn More About Geography with these Math and Geography Activities from Portland State University.