Explore this page about Canada's boreal forests. There are two short videos and teaching resources, as well as maps and descriptions of the many different life forms that inhabit those forests. What are the threats to this ecosystem and what kinds of actions are being taken?
This 40 minute video explores our dependence upon the insect population, the factors that are leading to their rapid decline, and what their extinction could mean for the future of our world as we know it.
We've only explored about 5% of the oceans. In the deepest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest. This 8 minute video explores the wonder and beauty of marine life on a voyage into the ocean, from the deepest trenches to the remains of the Titanic.
Pollination is vital to life on Earth but largely unseen by the human eye. In this video, Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows the world of pollen and pollinators with high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.
This video explains the biological consequences of the collision (millions of years ago) between North and South America. The collision caused one of the greatest episodes of biological migration in history: The Great American Biotic Interchange.
Our planet’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife populations are vulnerable. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? This video explains why biodiversity is the key.
Try this amazing tool for learning the concepts of motion, forces, electricity, magnetism, light, and so much more. You can bounce and slide your way through the developed levels or get creative and make your own level.
This 3 minute video reviews how we harness solar energy and the benefits of this renewable source. The video also describes the challenges that we need to overcome to make this source even more viable.
The concepts of work and power help us unlock and understand many of the physical laws that govern our universe. Watch this video to learn more about these concepts when applied to two common objects: a lightbulb and a grandfather clock.
This video answers the question: What are nurdles? They are the tiny, factory-made pellets that form every plastic product that we use, from toys to toothbrushes. In their quest for ocean domination, they can wreak havoc on our oceans.
This is an entire periodic table, with videos about each element. These videos are chemistry adventures in the laboratory, as well as journeys into the world, to learn more about the unique qualities of each element.
This four minute animated video is about the Periodic Table, the chart that scientists use to organize the elements. The chart shows each element’s name and symbol, the number of protons in its nucleus, and its characteristics and room temperature.
This video explains the law of conservation of mass. Everything in our universe has mass, from the smallest atom to the largest star. How has the amount of mass remained constant throughout existence even during the birth and death of stars and planets?
This is a virtual tour of the closest stars to our own Sun. It's very interactive; you can click, drag and zoom with your mouse. You may want to visit the top left corner and Take a Tour to get started.
BBC shares some perspective about how big our solar system is. Scroll down the screen to move your rocket away from earth. Note the measurement at the bottom of the screen, giving you a pixel to metre or kilometre ratio.
Through this 4:33 minute animation, Col. Chris Hadfield, Canada's first astronaut to walk in space, tells us why "Exploration is Canada." Learn about some of Canada's key contributions to space exploration.
This 12-minute video explains how our solar system works, focusing on how astronomers have searched for other stars and planets. Astronomers think there may be many billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy.
The California Academy of Sciences provides this 25 minute video, free for educational use. "Float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home — the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life."
The creator of this website calls it "a tediously accurate scale model of the universe". Scroll to explore the immense size of our galaxy or click on the icons at the top of the screen to jump to specific planets.
This site is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Students can "explore the cosmos" from their computer. "Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time." (NASA description)
This scale presents the initial scale of a human being with a few comparatives. Click on any item on the screen to learn more about it. Move the slide left to zoom in; examine smaller things through atoms and quarks to theoretical Quantum Foam. Move to the right to zoom out exploring larger and larger.
Could human civilization eventually spread across the whole Milky Way galaxy? Could we move beyond Earth to establish colonies out among the stars? This video describes the conceptual von Neumann machine, a self-replicating machine that would be sent out into the universe.
What would it actually be like to live in a colony on Mars? This video "details the features of Mars that are remarkably similar to those of Earth — and those that can only be found on the red planet."
Prolonged space travel is hard on the human body: microgravity impairs muscle and bone growth, and high doses of radiation cause irreversible mutations. As we consider becoming space travelers, can we adapt to the extreme environments of space?
This animated video shares the story of the very first asteroid ever discovered and explains how asteroid hunters search for these celestial bodies. Learn how astronomers find asteroids and how they tell the asteroids apart.
In 2026, an unmanned NASA spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at 16 Psyche, a massive, metallic asteroid floating somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. This video explains why NASA is interested in this heavy metal asteroid.
What if the next wave of spacecraft were small enough to fit into our pockets? This video describes the future of microspacecraft, and how scientists at NASA are hoping to use micropropulsion to launch tiny vessels outside of Earth’s orbit.
Universcale provides a look at objects from sub-atomic particles to red giants and all things in between using an interactive scale. This graphically beautiful tool is an outstanding way to measure and compare objects of different sizes.