Dr. C presents student with 3rd place award

September 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Dr. C's Blog, SATELLITES Conference 2009

Hi All
I visited McTigue Middle School in Toledo, OH yesterday, September 27, 2010, and presented one of Penny Choma’s students (Kristen Fink) with her 3rd place award for the virtual SATELLITES conference from 2010. Her project title was Which is Colder Virginia or Kentucky?.


Global Climate Change Education for Middle School

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under NASA

Course Description:
Teaching about global climate change can be a challenging task, but using a problem-solving approach and STEM methodology (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) will engage students and help them understand the causes and effects of climate change. In this course, the teachers will explore the basics of these 21st century teaching and learning approaches as they learn about the difference between climate and weather and how our actions and nature are affecting the environment. This course is designed to enhance teachers’ content knowledge of climate change, provide guidance about teaching climate change using effective STEM instructional strategies, and facilitate the integration of NASA data models and NASA resources, as well as PBS resources from WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain and from programs like NOVA in their classroom instruction.

Classroom Link-Access to students recommended. PBS Classroom Link courses ask learners to implement lessons with their class or with a small group of students (options for learners without access to students are available.

For assignments and evaluation details, see the full Syllabus.

Graduate Credit Information:
Graduate credit may be obtained from the provider(s) listed below, for an additional fee after the course begins.
Adams State College – 3.0 credits – pricing
Indiana University – 3.0 credits – pricing
Northwest Nazarene University – 3.0 credits – pricing
Madonna University – 3.0 credits – pricing


2010 GLOBE Xpedition to the Roof of Africa

September 4, 2010 by  
Filed under NASA

2010 GLOBE Xpedition to the Roof of Africa On 23 September, join the second Xpedition of GLOBE students, alumni and scientists on a GLOBE Africa and Seasons and Biomes project to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in all of Africa. Led by Dr. Kenji Yoshikawa of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, one of the world’s leading authorities on permafrost research, students on the Xpedition will observe firsthand the shifting biomes and shrinking glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Read eyewitness accounts as Xpedition members discover the unique ecological community of Kilimanjaro and compare their findings to historical data and data from last year’s GLOBE Xpedition. Watch as students set up research stations below the retreating ice fields to deploy instruments that will continue to measure change on the mountain long after they have gone.

Follow the 9-day trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro to engage with student-scientists in the field. GLOBE teachers and students are invited to interact with Xpedition members via e-mail while on the mountain. Online followers of the Xpedition are encouraged to contribute scientific measurements and biome descriptions from their communities to compare with those on the mountain and to post email questions to the climbers. New features to the 2010 Xpedition website include advanced 3D Google Earth Tours of the mountain as well as daily video blogs that include updates and GLOBE protocol demonstrations.

GLOBE students taking part in research on Mt. Kilimanjaro provide compelling first-hand observations and some of the most dramatic testimony to the effects of climate change of any one place on Earth. Follow the 9-day trek to the Roof of Africa and introduce your students to the study of climate in an interactive environment that promises to fundamentally more engaging than classroom study alone.
To follow the adventure and for more information see the Xpedition website.