We are delighted to celebrate five years of partnering with the world-renowned National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. At the Concord Consortium we envision a world where teaching and learning seamlessly incorporate the best features of digital technology to dramatically improve education. Together, we have developed and disseminated engaging Earth science materials — all for free to teachers and students around the world.
The blue planet is big and Earth science education has a correspondingly big job to do. Through our collaboration with NatGeo, we have developed curriculum modules and interactive computational models that help students learn about the world and how it works, including understanding Earth as a set of interconnected systems and seeing how Earth’s processes affect people and, in turn, how people affect Earth’s processes.
Our High-Adventure Science modules explore several of the big unanswered questions in Earth science, including climate change, the availability of freshwater, and energy choices. Our GeoHazard modules allow students to evaluate the causes of natural hazards, including hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires, the factors that influence the formation, progression, and severity of the hazard, and which factors contribute most to potential risks.
Each curriculum module engages students in science practices that are authentic approximations of how Earth scientists and geoscientists work, enabling them to explore causal mechanisms, use real-world data, make predictions about real-world phenomena, and develop scientific arguments.
We’re thrilled to share the new Earth and environmental science hub on NatGeoEd.org. The hub showcases our online curriculum, combined with National Geographic video and image content, and provides an overview of the resources with screenshots and instructions on how to use the materials with students.
Beautiful imagery accompanies descriptions of the Earth systems models and curriculum modules developed by the Concord Consortium in partnership with National Geographic.
Stay tuned for more resources becoming available over the next several months, including our newest GeoHazard module on wildfires. Please check back prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.