We all need fresh water.  Some parts of the world have lots of potable water.  Some parts do not.  Some have lots of resources for building pipelines and desalinization plants to get the water they need.  Other places don’t have those resources.

How can we ensure everyone across the globe has enough potable water, a.k.a water equity?  Kids in grades 3-5 can play this game to see the choices and trade-offs they need to make to have enough potable water everywhere.

The game is hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, with web and app versions available.

Aurum Science Environmental Education Resources

This comprehensive ecoysystems course resources include powerpoint lectures, notes outlines, labs, classroom activities, and other teaching resources for an environmental science class.  Topics include scientific principles, species, populations, communities, ecosystems, environmental toxins, food and agriculture, global climate change, air and water pollution, non-renewable and renewable energy, waste, and environmental history and laws.


In this virtual game world, you are responsible for designing a sustainable boreal forest. The forest must provide lumber, as well as benefit the environment. The game has four stages and you get advice from different characters along the way. You will harvest trees and fight forest fires to maintain a balance among five types of forest stands.

Poisoned Waters

From site: In Poisoned Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith examines the growing hazards to human health and the ecosystem.

“The ’70s were a lot about, ‘We’re the good guys; we’re the environmentalists; we’re going to go after the polluters,’ and it’s not really about that anymore,” Jay Manning, director of ecology for Washington state, tells FRONTLINE. “It’s about the way we all live. And unfortunately, we are all polluters. I am; you are; all of us are.”

Through interviews with scientists, environmental activists, corporate executives and average citizens impacted by the burgeoning pollution problem, Smith reveals startling new evidence that today’s growing environmental threat comes not from the giant industrial polluters of old, but from chemicals in consumers’ face creams, deodorants, prescription medicines and household cleaners that find their way into sewers, storm drains, and eventually into America’s waterways and drinking water.

What You Need to Know About Energy

From site:  As debates about energy grow more intense, Americans need dependable, objective, and authoritative energy information. The National Academies, advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, provide the facts about energy—a complex issue that affects us as individuals and as a nation.

The information on this site draws on that body of material and on other sources in order to offer a basic toolkit of facts and concepts to use in assessing various energy claims and proposals [on uses, sources, costs, and efficiency].