This month’s new FREE resources

Cancer animations, earth science visualizations, polar
research, climate change, the brain and nervous system,
military intelligence, monarch butterflies, and American
paintings are featured in 11 new resources at FREE, the
website that makes teaching resources from federal agencies
easier to find.


John Wilmerding Collection is a slideshow of more than 30 paintings and works donated to the Gallery by John Wilmerding, an authority on American art. It includes 19th and early 20th century landscapes and seascapes by Heade and Lane, still lifes by Peto and Decker, figure paintings by Homer and Eakins, and works by Church, Bingham, and Kensett. (NGA)


Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project examines military intelligence through the eyes of 22veterans. See interviews, letters, and photos of soldiers dropped behind enemy lines to carry out incredibly dangerous missions. Read stories of soldiers who served as interrogators and interpreters, questioning captured prisoners and translating enemy documents. (LOC)


Arctic and Antarctic looks at research being conducted in the two polar regions of earth. These vast, icy, inhospitable environments provide “natural laboratories” for scientists to study basic questions: How did the universe begin? Is earth’s climate changing? What are the limits of life in extreme environments? (NSF)

Disasters provides an overview of research aimed to anticipate disasters and minimize their effects. Learn about research on hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanoes. See what scientists are discovering about how and when tornadoes will form. Watch a simulated fire spread up a hill. (NSF)

Climate Discovery Teacher’s Guide includes lessons on how the sun’s magnetism interacts with the earth’s magnetic field, how scientists study ancient climates, how the earth system works, how climate changes over time, and how climate models are used to predict the future of earth’s climate. (NSF)

Inside Cancer uses animations and videoclips of experts to reveal what is known about cancer. Learn about kinds of cancer, how they start (cell mutations), and their distribution worldwide. Explore cancer related factors –smoking, inheritance, diet, and others. Find out about diagnosis and treatment. See animations of key concepts; hear
experts explain them. (NIH)

MaudNESS Cruise tells the story of a 56-day cruise into the Southern Ocean (Antarctic) to learn about conditions and events that cause ocean circulation, a key factor in setting the climate around the world. The story is told through the journal of a 5th-grade teacher aboard the icebreaker ship. Learn about crew members’ roles and backgrounds. See instruments used to measure salinity, oxygen, ice, and weather. Discover what the crew learned. (NSF)

Monarchs in the Classroom focuses on research and understanding of monarch butterflies. Learn about their growth, natural enemies, interactions with milkweed, migration, population dynamics, and more. (NSF)

Neuroscience for Kids explores the brain and nervous system. Learn about brain
development, brain lobes, the cerebral cortex, the skull, blood supply, brain fitness, neurons, the autonomic nervous system, sensory systems, the spinal cord, laughter and the brain, the musical brain, face recognition, drug effects, neurological and mental disorders, and more. (NIH)

ScienCentralNews provides the latest news on developments in life sciences, physical sciences, and technology. Sort articles by topic — genetics, animals, the brain, chemistry, physics, earth, oceans, astronomy, climate, engineering, biotechnology, computers, nanotechnology, and others. See articles on cancer-causing genes, music for pain, fat vaccine, biofuel energy,no-mow grass, liquid armor, fouled beaches, phones and driving, auto-focus eyewear, activity breaks and memory, and more. (NSF)

Visualization Projects includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior, tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Nino events, greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day period), daily weather in the U.S., and more. (NSF)

LOC — Library of Congress
NGA — National Gallery of Art
NIH — National Institutes of Health
NSF — National Science Foundation

Contributors: Leni Donlan and others
Source Editors: Peter Kickbush and Kirk Winters


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