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Several Academies booklets offer basic information on timely topics in science such as evolution and climate change that teachers can draw upon when planning lessons. Web and classroom activities from the Marian Koshland Science Museum help students use critical analysis to confront real-world problems.

Evolution and Creation

This website explains the methods of science, documents the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluates the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design." Includes reports, publications, and resources for teaching evolution.

Climate Change and Energy

This booklet explains the dynamics of climate change in easy-to-read language, and includes findings and recommendations from the Academies' many expert reports on the subject.

Climate change is altering many aspects of the natural world, from where birds and butterflies live to how well wine grapes grow. This booklet explores the range of effects the changing climate is having on habitats and species.

This website provides an overview of a suite of studies designed to inform and guide responses to climate change across the nation.

This interactive website provides comprehensive information about energy uses, sources, costs, and efficiency.

This activity helps students learn how society and the environment may be affected by climate change. A teacher guide is available.

In this activity, students learn how several countries use energy by observing how much light they give off at night, and trace the carbon footprint of an average American family. A teacher guide is available.

Science and Engineering

A collaboration between the Academies and the Smithsonian Institution, the mission of the center is to improve the learning and teaching of science for all students. This extensive Website includes materials for curricula, teacher development, and parent and student resources.

A series of 10 books for middle school kids (especially girls) about the careers of contemporary women scientists. Explore, an interactive website for girls that includes resources for teachers.

This website helps middle school girls explore engineering as a possible career. It includes profiles of women engineers, an annual essay contest, and suggested readings and links.

This website for high school girls promotes engineering as a career choice. It features tips on preparing for an engineering career and finding a "dream" job, as well as profiles of women engineers. Resources for teachers and counselors are also included.

Dedicated to achieving excellence in engineering education -- in other words, engineering education that is effective, engaged, and efficient. Includes targeted resources for engineering faculty and teachers.

Infectious Disease

This activity uses the devastating 1918 flu pandemic to help students learn how epidemics originate and spread, and asks them to consider how policymakers should respond to a possible bird flu epidemic. A teacher guide is available.

During this activity students use data from the World Health Organization to analyze the state of the HIV pandemic in several hard-hit countries and think critically about how to control the spread of the virus in different regions of the world.

This activity helps students understand how HIV invades a human cell, and discuss how the process could be inhibited at various points to prevent the spread of the infection.

Natural Resources

This website contains curricula for teaching about pollinators, growing pollinator-friendly gardens, and other educational resources.