Cool Science


  • Global Warming 101 - National Geographic did a wonderful job on this excellent three minute video. Teachers, students, and parents will find this a good place to start.
  • Berkley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) Animation - This 2-minute animation is an amazing visualization of a huge database of all surface temperatures ever recorded over the last 200 years. There is a more interactive version available for free for a tablet.
  • Episode 2: Global Warming, It's All About Carbon - An NPR production that will appeal to learners of all ages. It does a great job of tracing the movement of carbon atoms through the carbon cycle.  The descriptions and animations are basic, simple, and effective.
  • "CHASING ICE" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed - This 4 minute clip is one not soon forgotten. Can you imagine lower Manhattan Island breaking off, turning over, and floating away? Well, this amazing film show this happening to an artic glacier. The clip is very powerful evidence for the severity of climate change.
  • Chasing Ice - The official trailer for the critically acclaimed documentary. Students, teachers, and parents will appreciate the power and drama of this presentation about a changing earth.
  • A Climate Minute - The Greenhouse Effect - A high quality presentation that briefly and effectively describes the “Greenhouse Effect” and heat trapping gases.
  • Carbon Cycle Animation - a simple yet effective animation that details the main ways that carbon moves into and out of the atmosphere.
  • The Greenhouse Gas Demo - A short and effective video that demonstrates the heat trapping qualities of carbon dioxide. It is a quick, easy, and meaningful demonstration that could be done successfully in most homes and schools.
  • NASA: Keeping Up With Carbon - A great video that describes the carbon cycle in appropriate detail for middle and high school students.
  • Coral reefs and climate change: A message for Copenhagen - An engaging video about the impact of climate change upon coral reefs. As child’s message from the future, it is quite compelling and thought provoking.
  • Impact of Climate Change on Birds and Plants of Massachusetts - A long and traditional lecture presentation that would probably be most interesting to motivated teachers and parents.  It is rich in detail and information regarding scientific research that examines climate change impacts in Massachusetts.
  • SpongebobSquarepants in The Endless Summer - More entertaining than educational, this short video would be a great beginning to a whole class discussion about climate change.