August 2017: Nature, Nova, and a NASA Special

Three exciting shows to catch this month, just in time for back to school and out of the box learning!


Ireland's wild coast 1Ireland’s Wild Coast premieres in early August 2017 on PBS. Take your students on a visual journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, and use social media to expand learning.  #IrelandsCoastPBS 

Also, check out additional education resources from the producers of Nature, and the Nature Collection on PBS LearningMedia. 
Teach students about effects of glaciers on Ireland: Glaciated Landscapes, Grades 6-12
See how erosion has transformed Ireland’s bedrock into the unique landscape that it is today: Forming the Burren, Grades 6-12 
For lesson plans on other nature-related topics: Inside Nature Podcast and Nature Classroom



From the NOVA Education Team & their e-newsletter Spark: On August 21st, millions of Americans will witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the Moon will block the Sun, revealing the Sun’s outer atmosphere in an incredible spectacle. Even if you aren’t in the viewing path, you and your students can experience the Great American Eclipse with NOVA.

Use this resource guide and PBS LearningMedia collection for creating lesson plans to teach your students what it’s all about. Prepare for the solar eclipse with Sky and Telescope’s Janine Myszka. Learn why the total eclipse is happening now, and how to safely view the eclipse.


Use social media to expand your classroom. Tune in to NOVA’s live broadcast from the path of totality on Facebook. Hosted by journalist Miles O’Brien, and featuring astronomer Jason Kalirai, the Facebook Live will explore coronal research, the science of eclipses, and feature commentary from planetarium directors. You can also share with and follow others also experiencing the eclipse on Twitter: #TeachEclipse2017


Watch the premiere of Eclipse Over America, airing August 21 on PBS – NOVA investigates the storied history of solar eclipse science and joins both seasoned and citizen scientists alike as they don their eclipse glasses and fix their telescopes towards the eclipse over America. Click on the image below for more information:


Two days later, airing August 23 PBS, The Farthest: Voyager in Space tells the tales of the people and events behind one of humanity’s greatest achievements, NASA’s Voyager mission. Additional, related classroom resources can be found in these PBS LearningMedia Collections:

Keyword search “NASA”

Planetary Sciences

Physics & Engineering

Milestones In Space Flight

Instructional Resources for Earth & Space Sciences

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