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Special Events from the Digital Learning Network (DLN) at the NASA Langley Research Center

 

Target Audience:

  • Students
     

Hosting Center(s):

  • Langley Research Center
     

Subject Category:

  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science

Unit Correlation:

  • Special Programs
     

Grade Level(s):

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12
     

Minimum Delivery Time: 30 min(s)
 

Maximum Connection Time: 60 min(s)

Event Focus: What roles do clouds play in our Earth’s weather and climate and can we understand their impacts? Clouds are an important part of our atmosphere, and scientists are studying how they affect our weather and climate. S'COOL ground observations provide one more piece of the puzzle.

Description:  Are you a cloud observer? Of course! Every time you look at the sky you are observing the clouds! Clouds are an important part of our atmosphere, and scientists are studying how they affect our weather and climate. S’COOL cloud observations provide one more piece of the puzzle. This session will involve students in real science, teaching them how to make and report ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERES satellite instrument, and explain the importance of observing clouds. Join the fun!

Background Information/Teacher overview -   http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/FindOutMore-whyback.html

K-4 Focus Overview

There are different cloud types, categorized by shape, height, and if they are producing precipitation. Different clouds behave differently at different altitudes; some heat and some cool the Earth.  Clouds play an important role in our Earth’s weather and Climate.

5-8 Focus Overview

In addition, NASA observes clouds from space using instruments on orbiting satellites (i.e. CERES).  Clouds are also observed through ground observations (S’COOL, aircrafts, and ground stations), which are used as validation for NASA satellite data.  The data helps us understand the Earth’s radiation budget, which is the amount of energy entering (sun/shortwave) and leaving (infrared/long wave) the earth’s system. 

9-12 Focus Overview

In addition, the data collected can be analyzed and compared to help answer how clouds affect our weather and climate and help understand the flow of energy in and out of our Earth’s system on local and global scales.    

Please see the video conference activities section below for information about how to register for this special event. Anyone wishing to register for this program MUST also be a registered user of the DLN! If you are NOT a registered user, please go to our homepage and become a registered user FIRST.


Guest Subject Matter Expert: Sarah Crecelius, NASA Education Outreach Coordinator

 

Pre-Conference Activities

What is a cloud?

How do clouds affect the Earth’s weather and climate?

How do we observe clouds?

Why to we observe clouds?

Online S’COOL Tutorial: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/tutorial/overview/scool.html

Cloud Type Tutorial:

http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/tutorial/clouds/cloudtypes.html

Prepare material needed for videoconference:


Video Conference Activities:

During the first videoconference, students will interact with a NASA Education and outreach coordinator and learn about clouds, the importance of studying them and their role in the earth’s weather and climate through participation in the S’COOL Project and hands-on activities.


Post-Conference Activities 

Online Post-Assessment

After the event students will need to take the post-conference assessment.  (These questions are the same questions used in the pre-assessment.)  The short assessment will help us measure student learning and identify any changes that need to be made in future programs.

Educators can continue to utilize S’COOL Project, materials, lesson plans, and website in the classroom: http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/SCOOL/ForTeachers-resources.php


Instructional Objectives

Engage

Students will share prior knowledge of clouds; cloud classification, and their role in Earth's weather and climate.

Explore

Students will investigate how clouds play an important part in the Earth's Radiation Budget and how different types of clouds behave differently.

Explain

Students will gain knowledge about how the NASA CERES Satellite measures cloud properties and undstand how ground and aircraft data are collected for validation. Combining all of this provides an accurate, global picture of our atmosphere and clouds.

Elaborate

Students will demonstrate their understanding by categorizing clouds based on the S'COOL report form parameters (total sky visibility and color, cloud cover, visual opacity, surface observation, etc.)

Evaluate

Students will demonstrate their understanding of how clouds affect our weather and climate by participating in NASA-sponsored activities recommended by the Education Specialist.  

Please review the events above, email the needed information below, then email to Sarah Crecelius at sarah.a.crecelius@nasa.gov

  • Topic name you wish to be considered for interactive participation
  • Your Name
  • School Name
  • School Contact Email address
  • Grade Level of students participating
  • Number of students and teachers participating
  • Videoconference Equipment Type 
  • 1st choice of time you wish to participate
  • 2nd choice of  time you wish to participate

Requests will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sarah at the email above.

Next Generation Science Standards

K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

K-PS-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.

3-ESS2-1 Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.

3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.

MS-PS4-2 Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.

S’COOL Aligned to Virginia Science Standards

K.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

K.9 The student will investigate and understand that there are simple repeating patterns in his/her daily life.

1.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

1.7 The student will investigate and understand weather and seasonal changes.

2.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

2.6 The student will investigate and understand basic types, changes, and patterns of weather.

3.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

4.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

4.6 The student will investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted.

5.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

5.3 The student will investigate and understand basic characteristics of visible light and how it behaves.

6.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

ES.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations.

ES.2 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science and scientific reasoning and logic.

PS.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.

 

 

 

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