Digital Earth Academy is a new edition of the acclaimed Digital Earth series produced especially for students. Each month, we examine a different aspect of our dynamic planet: landscapes and landforms, human impacts and achievements, and much more. With stunning visualizations, interactive polls, and real-time Q&A, students will make observations, comparisons and connections and gain a new perspective of the Earth.  

Digital Earth Academy: Ice

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Prepare for a trip to Himalayan glaciers, chilly fjords, and the frigid coast of Antarctica – no down coat required! Museum experts will guide you on a virtual journey through landscapes defined by snow and ice. Observe how frozen matter shapes our planet, compare icy regions across the globe, and examine the effects of a changing climate on Earth’s snow and ice. Your students will vote in interactive polls and guide our exploration with their questions!

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Digital Earth Academy: Stonehenge to Skyscrapers

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

No plane ticket? No problem. Virtually travel the world and gaze down on great structures from the past and present. From Stonehenge to the Burj Khalifa, see how landscapes have been transformed by their human inhabitants and how they appear today. What’s easy to spot? What’s hard to see? Can you really see the Great Wall of China from space? Museum experts will be your guides to human engineering marvels.   

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Digital Earth Academy: World of Extremes

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Towering peaks, deep trenches, scorching heat and pools of acid – these are just a few features that make Earth an extraordinary place. Visit the most extreme parts of our planet, including places so harsh that life seems miraculous and places humans can’t easily reach. What makes these locations so special? What can these extreme spots teach us? Find out with the help of Museum experts on this extreme adventure.  

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Digital Earth Academy: Oceans

Grades 8 - 12

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

Dive beneath the oceans, the least well-known part of our planet. Examine the geology of the ocean floors, and learn how they shape our world via plate tectonics. We’ll see the largest reefs and the smallest atolls, and discover the impacts of climate change on ocean life. Join Museum experts on a tour of the mysterious deep, guided by your questions and observations. 

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