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GLOBE II: GLOBE Observer (Clouds) and Surface Temperature (3-5, 6–8)

July 25, 2017


A summer STEM Teacher Workshop at NASA, Greenbelt, MD.

The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. The activities are aligned to national and state educational standards, and can be integrated easily with the curriculum for virtually any grade level. In this workshop, we will specifically explore two closely connected protocols, Clouds and Surface Temperature, as well as supporting classroom activities for both. Clouds asks students to estimate the cloud coverage in the sky as well as sky color, visibility and cloud opacity, and identify the types of clouds they see. The data can then be matched up to NSAS satellite data about clouds. Surface Temperature asks students to use an infrared thermometer to measure the current temperature of different surfaces, which is related to clouds as well as he Earth’s energy budget.

RSVP at the website.