Category: Earth science

  • Energy Source Graphs

    These graphs illustrate trends in human energy use. I am just getting going on creating a series of graphs. The first will compare major sources of generated electricity in the USA: natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar and hydro. I also intend to add a graph showing total energy use in the USA (not just…

  • Atmosphere Layers

    Atmosphere Layers

    Earth’s atmosphere is composed of a series of layers with different properties. Some of the planets and moons in our Solar System also have atmospheres with layered structures comparable to Earth’s. This self-paced, online lesson provides an overview of layers of the atmosphere – on Earth and beyond! Click the image below to begin your…

  • Memory Game

  • Time Hopper

    These are experiments with platformer games from various tutorials. I plan to make a platformer game that draws attention to important events that have happened throughout the “deep time” history of the Universe. This version of a JavaScript-based game uses the Phaser 3 library. Three versions of platformer games from tutorials are presented:

  • Portfolio: Drone Science Mission Board Game

    Portfolio: Drone Science Mission Board Game

    The Drone Science Mission Board Game simulates a scientific mission to monitor a volcano, using sensors carried by a drone aircraft. Randy Russell developed the game, while working for the UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd), as part of a larger engineering education project. The Engineering Experiences project, geared towards middle school students, was…

  • Portfolio: Eratosthenes Measured Earth (Animation)

    Portfolio: Eratosthenes Measured Earth (Animation)

    The Greek astronomer, mathematician and geographer Eratosthenes of Cyrene (276-194 BC) was the first person to accurately measure the circumference of Earth. This animation illustrates his method. Randy Russell developed this animation (using the now-defunct Flash animation software) for a citizen science project as part of his work on the Windows to the Universe web…

  • VR & AR Examples for Earth Science Education

    VR & AR Examples for Earth Science Education

    This list of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) environments and software includes resources relevant to Earth science education topics. This is not a comprehensive list; just some items that I’ve seen in seminars or conference talks or assorted other venues. I don’t know the status of the projects or the software they produced,…

  • EdGCM


    EdGCM is a research-grade Global Climate Model (GCM) with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for use by students and can be run on a personal computer.

  • NOAA SEA Games

    NOAA SEA Games

    The games section of NOAA’s Sea, Earth, Atmosphere (SEA) web site includes several interactives and simple games about the ocean and aquatic habitats. Creator: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management Cost: free

  • SciJinks Weather Games

    SciJinks Weather Games

    The games section of the SciJinks web site features games, simulations, and other multimedia about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. The site is developed by the NASA Space Place team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). Creator: NASA and NOAA Cost: free