Outreach

Advancing public understanding of the geosciences

For K-12 Teachers

Hot Science – Cool Talks
Hot Science – Cool Talks provides front row seats to world class science by bringing leading science, technology, engineering and math professionals and their research to the community!

Visit with a Paleontologist
Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab visits schools as part of a routine class or special career days. Students and groups are encouraged to visit and become involved with our collections. Contact NPL for more information.

Scientist in Residence (SciRes)
The Scientist in Residence program partners STEM graduate students and K-12 science teachers to engage students in the excitement of scientific discovery and help graduate students advance their science communication skills.

Jamaica Educational Seismic Network (JAESN)
JAESN is part of the IRIS Seismographs in Schools program. To see realtime earthquake data collected by stations in the JAESN network, click on “search by network” under the heading “Join our Network!”

Texas High School Coastal Monitoring Program
The Bureau of Economic Geology engages students and teachers who live along the Texas coast in the study of their natural environment.

Secondary

Environmental Science Lesson Plans
The Environmental Science Institute’s lesson plans are created from a variety of programs and sources including the Scientist in Residence Program and Hot Science – Cool Talks series as well as independently funded projects like UTOPIA.

Switch Energy Project
The mission of this project is to transform the energy conversation, from polarized to practical, with knowledge. Promote efficiency and conservation.

DIG Texas Instructional Blueprints for Teaching Earth and Space Science
The blueprints are pathways through an entire yearlong, capstone level, high school Earth science curriculum. Each blueprint stitches together a set of three-week teaching units with links to curated, carefully reviewed learning experiences and other educational resources. Learning experiences have links to background preparatory materials, additional hands-on resources, teaching tips, and, in some cases, cross-curricular connections. Educators may use each blueprint as laid out, or select and organize different units to create blueprints tailored for their own courses. Educators may also use the blueprints as the inspiration to create their own blueprints.

EarthLabs for Educators
Funded by NOAA, NASA, and NSF, the EarthLabs collection comprises modules that focus on weather, climate change, the Earth system, and environmental science. The sequence of labs in each module represent active learning experiences that are meant to be a part of integrated instructional units. The collection underscores the crucial need for students, the public, political and business leaders, and scientists to understand our planet, manage its resources and prepare for its future, as well as appreciate its beauty and dynamics as an integrated system. Educational resources in the Climate Modules align with the NGSS, and the TEKS for Earth and Space Science and Environmental Systems Audience: Secondary students. EarthLabs was named one of the ten best climate projects by the White House in 2015. It is the only curriculum project.

All About Water
The Bureau of Economic Geology provides resources to assist teachers and students in understanding our essential water resources, including groundwater/surface water interactions and the impact of human activity on water systems.

TXESS Revolution
The learning activities in the NSF-sponsored Texas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution collection were implemented, and, in many cases, developed by TXESS Revolution project and tested during teacher professional development academies from 2008-2011.

Water Exploration
Water Exploration uses a challenge-based learning approach to permit students to conduct research and build an understanding about water science and critical water-related issues. All learning activities and resources are packaged into three modules, or Legacy Cycles, in a way that enhances student learning by making use of the Internet and computer technology to promote inquiry learning. The Earth Science Literacy Principles provide the organizing framework for the lessons and activities in each Water Exploration Legacy Cycle. The curriculum is applicable to high school science courses such as Earth and Space Science, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Aquatic Science.

Geologic Wonders of Texas
Explore the amazing geology of Texas without leaving the classroom.

Groundwater: The Lifeblood of Central Texas
Groundwater is water that is found underground in the cracks and spaces in soil and rock. Water is stored within an underground body of rock and can be retrieved for human use. There is a finite supply of water on the Earth, but it is continually recycled naturally.

Elementary

Geologic Wonders of Texas
Explore the amazing geology of Texas without leaving the classroom.

Environmental Science Lesson Plans
The Environmental Science Institute’s lesson plans are created from a variety of programs and sources including the Scientist in Residence Program and Hot Science – Cool Talks series as well as independently funded projects like UTOPIA.