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Need help while kids are at home with you? Check out our lessons, games, and videos to keep them engaged in science. Click on the link or thumbnail below to get things started.

Note: These activities can be completed at home, but please be sure to follow the latest social-distancing and other health safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health authorities.

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NWS Education

Learn all about weather science and safety at weather.gov/owlie/, with lots of weather resources and activities!


JetStream - NWS Online School for Weather

Everything you've ever wanted to know about weather is at your fingertips! Check out JetStream, the NWS Online School for Weather, at weather.gov/jetstream/ to explore experiments, science-based lessons, and everything from the atmosphere to tornadoes to hurricanes.


NOAA Wise Cloud Chart

Clouds can give us much needed shade or provide various types of precipitation! Do you know how to identify the many different types? How do they form? Check out this cloud chart to better understand what’s going on high up in the sky!
https://www.weather.gov/jetstream/noaawise


NWS Seasonal Safety Campaigns

Be a Force of Nature! Keep you and your family safe during every season! Learn about the weather hazards in your area and how to stay safe. http://www.weather.gov/safetycampaign


Faces of the NWS

What do you want to be when you grow up? Meteorologists don’t only work on television! Spend some time exploring the various careers in the National Weather Service and learn about careers in meteorology and related fields
weather.gov/careers/


Weather Safety Materials for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Create a Weather-Ready Nation for all! Check out symbol-supported weather safety materials made specifically for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
weather.gov/wrn/intellectualdisabilities


Citizen Science

Do you love the weather? Interested in actually participating in science? Well, citizen science may be for you! Check out the opportunities to report weather observations. http://www.weather.gov/media/wrn/citizen_science_page.pdf 


NWS Social Media

NWS is using social media tools to educate the public and share critical information related to our mission.
https://www.weather.gov/socialmedia

 


NOAA Education Resource Collections

Explore a wide range of topical material, from the atmosphere to the oceans! Materials are organized by themes, collections, and content types. Linked resources are organized into collections with a toolkit of materials and activities. https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections

 

 

NOAA Data in the Classroom

Data in the Classroom from NOAA allows students to use real-time data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists. Access online and classroom-ready curriculum activities with easy-to-use data exploration tools.
dataintheclassroom.noaa.gov/ 


NOAA’s Science on a Sphere

Check out satellite imagery, surface observations, and model outputs from around the world at your fingertips. The Science on a Sphere Explorer (SOSx) enables an exhibit-quality replication of the Science on a Sphere to be shown on a classroom flat screen. sos.noaa.gov/SOS_Explorer/

 


NOAA SciJinks

Check out SciJinks to find fun games, exciting videos, and more! Make weather and Earth science fun and adventurous!
https://scijinks.gov/

 

 

 


Severe Weather 101

Severe weather can be scary sometimes, but also exciting! This area of meteorology is also not limited to just tornadoes. Scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) provide all you need to know about thunderstorms, lightning, floods, hail, and more at
https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/

 

 


COMET MetEd

The MetEd website provides education and training resources to benefit the operational forecaster community, university atmospheric scientists and students, and anyone interested in learning more about meteorology, weather forecasting, and related geoscience topics! Check out these free training courses and resources at multiple skill levels!
https://www.meted.ucar.edu/index.php


 


Teaching Climate

Science and information for a climate smart nation.
https://www.climate.gov/teaching

 

 


GLOBE

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public across the globe with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. GLOBE’s mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. 
https://www.globe.gov/do-globe


NOAA Games

Check out games.noaa.gov/welcome.html to find interactive games and activities focused on ocean and air themes!


HotSeat

Do you have what it takes to forecast severe weather? Be the forecaster with the HotSeat simulator and learn how to issue warnings from the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)!
nssl.noaa.gov/education/hotseat/

 


Create-a-Cane

Do you know what factors influence hurricane development? Play Create-a-Cane to learn how moisture, wind, latitude range, and sea surface temperature interact to form hurricanes!
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/games/canelab.htm

 


Weather Lab

Put your new knowledge to the test! Check out Weather Lab from the Smithsonian Science Education Center to try out forecasting weather over North America! https://ssec.si.edu/weather-lab