Shop Windows to the Universe

Our Glaciers: Then and Now activity kit helps you see the changes taking place in glaciers around the world. See all our activity kits and classroom activities.

The Sun-Earth Connection and Geomagnetism: How the Sun, space weather, and Earth's magnetic field influence our planet's environment

A Windows to the Universe Workshop presented on July 24, 2006, at the
6th Annual Environmental Health Sciences Summer Institute for K-12 Educators
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Science Park - Research Division at Smithville

Earth beside a SunspotThis workshop covered three major topic areas:

  • magnetism, space weather, and Sun-Earth connections
  • ultraviolet (UV) "light" - its emission by the Sun, interactions with Earth's atmosphere, and effects on people and Earth's environment
  • radiation - types, sources, units of measurement, effects

The workshop included several hands-on activities.

List of Hands-on Activities

Write-ups of the hands-on activities conducted at the workshop can be found at the links below:

Images, Animations, and Interactives shown during the Presentations

Most of the images, animations, and interactives shown as part of the presentations at the workshop are available online at the links listed below:

Links to References

Last modified July 22, 2006 by Randy Russell.

Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!

Our online store includes fun classroom activities for you and your students. Issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist are also full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science!

Windows to the Universe Community

News

Opportunities

You might also be interested in:

Traveling Nitrogen Classroom Activity Kit

Check out our online store - minerals, fossils, books, activities, jewelry, and household items!...more

Radiation

Radiation comes in two basic types: electromagnetic radiation transmitted by photons, and particle radiation consisting of electrons, protons, alpha particles, and so forth. Electromagnetic radiation,...more

Particle Radiation

One main type of radiation, particle radiation, is the result of subatomic particles hurtling at tremendous speeds. Protons, cosmic rays, and alpha and beta particles are some of the most common types...more

Charged Particle Motion in Earth's Magnetosphere

Motions within Earth's metallic core generate the planet's global magnetic field. This magnetic field extends beyond Earth's surface and atmosphere into the space surrounding our home planet. The interaction...more

Electromagnetic Radiation

Electromagnetic radiation is the result of oscillating electric and magnetic fields. The wave of energy generated by such vibrations moves through space at the speed of light. And well it should... for...more

Ozone in the Stratosphere

About 90% of the ozone in the Earth's atmosphere is found in the region called the stratosphere. This is the atmospheric layer between 16 and 48 kilometers (10 and 30 miles) above the Earth's surface....more

Sunspots and Magnetic Fields

Sunspots are caused by very strong magnetic fields on the Sun. The best way to think about the very complicated process of sunspot formation is to think of magnetic "ropes" breaking through the visible...more

Fall 2005 Chicago NSTA Schedule

Windows to the Universe offered numerous workshops at the upcoming NSTA meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Workshops included: November 10 "Climate Change: Classroom Tools" - Explore the scientific foundations...more

Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part is sponsored in part through grants from federal agencies (NASA and NOAA), and partnerships with affiliated organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Earth System Information Partnership, the American Meteorological Society, the National Center for Science Education, and TERC. The American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute are Windows to the Universe Founding Partners. NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Contact NESTA for more information. NASA ESIP NCSE HHMI AGU AGI AMS NOAA