Digital Earth Academy

A Worldwide Field Trip Without Leaving Your Classroom (Recommended Grades 4- 12)

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. 

What to Expect

During this free program, multiple classrooms from across the continent connect at once. A select number of classrooms will be invited to ask questions on-camera. All other classrooms will be able to ask questions via a chat box and participate in interactive polls that shape our itinerary. Museum experts will invite your group to guess where we’re headed next, share personal experiences, and spot landmarks and landforms from high in the sky.  

Equipment Requirements: Any computer or smart device connected to the internet.  The Museum will provide the link and instructions to use the free Zoom Video Conferencing Software, and a webcam with microphone are mandatory for on-camera classrooms. A projector and external speakers are recommended for your classroom setup. 

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Questions about your program? Email us at [email protected]. 

Digital Earth Academy: Climate Change

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.

Evidence of climate change is all around us: rising temperatures, shrinking glaciers, and more  extreme weather tell the story of a planet in transition. Where on the Earth’s surface can we  observe these changes? How are humans creating, experiencing, and adapting to these  effects?  What useful strategies do we have in our tool kit to help us move towards a resilient  future? Join Museum experts for an upbeat virtual expedition across our changing world, guided  by your questions and reflections.

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Digital Earth Academy: Weather

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time.  

What makes tropical islands so blissfully warm, and the planet’s poles so much colder? How do features on the Earth’s surface like mountain ranges and ocean currents influence weather conditions across the globe? It has been said that climate is what you expect and weather is what you get...we will help explain the differences with graphic examples. Join us for exploration of weather both wild and mild, guided by student questions and interactive polls.

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Digital Earth Academy: Fire

Grades 6 - 12

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

Fire is a powerful force that has shaped our planet for millions of years, burning forests, grasslands and more to make way for new growth. But fire also brings destruction, reducing homes to rubble and filling skies with smoke. How can something so restorative be so harmful? What role does fire play in ecosystems across the globe? What positive steps can we all take to reduce the danger from fires?  Take a live, virtual look at fearsome fire, shaped by student questions and reflections. 

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Digital Earth Academy: Biodiversity

Grades 6 - 12

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 
10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All times are Mountain Time. 

Certain regions of the Earth have such an abundance of life that they have earned the title “biodiversity hotspots,” while others are home to only a small number of species. What makes an ecosystem a fitting — or not so fitting — environment? Why do places like rainforests, coral reefs and more teem with life? What positive steps are being taken to preserve and protect areas of high biodiversity?  Explore the ingredients for biodiversity on this virtual tour of our planet, guided by student questions and led by Museum experts.

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