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Students will learn about weather by taking walks in various types of conditions: sunny, rainy, windy, and snowy.
Grade Level   K 1 2
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How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today. What happens when you add clouds? change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with...
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Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, members of the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-references...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9
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Weather Wiz Kids is designed especially for children to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It's also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children. Weather Wiz Kids has...
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This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website attempts to address various questions regarding hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones that have been posed to us as hurricane researchers over the years. While it is not intended to be a technical guide, references are given throughout the FAQ for...
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The US government has developed a new curriculum using Global Positioning system (GPS) concepts and real-world applications to stimulate interest in STEM. Targeted for middle and high school levels, and designed to support the NGSS and Common Core learning standards, the curriculum features 12...
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A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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108
Raindrops contain more than just water. In addition to the small particles of dust around which water drops form, raindrops can contain chemicals found in the atmosphere. Often rain is slightly acidic. This “acid rain” can chemically affect (weather) materials it touches. The amount of...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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As far back as ancient Greek and Roman times, people built structures that created an indoor environment suited to growing plants throughout the year. This enabled the gardener to establish a measure of control over growing conditions and extend the growth period into the colder seasons of the year....
Grade Level   3 4 5
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"Satellite Meteorology refers to the study of the earth's atmosphere and oceans using data obtained from remote sensing devices flown onboard satellites orbiting the earth. Meteorology, like every other science, relies on careful and precise measurement of its subject. Meteorologists observe the...
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"Since the 1960 launch of Tiros I, weather satellites have been our """"""""eyes in the sky"""""""". Today, the ubiquitous nature of satellite technology augments every aspect of modern life while promising ever-increasing capabilities for stewardship during the 21st century. In this module,...
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Electromagnetic radiation is the very basis for remote sensing technology. Everything emits electromagnetic radiation. More specifically, all objects with a temperature above absolute zero emit radiation. Because radiation can transport energy even without a medium, it is the only way in which the...
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Get ready to do a virtual shift, a fun way to use computer software to look at the same cloud from below and above. But first, let's review some common cloud classifications. Clouds are given Latin names corresponding to their appearance and height. Meteorologists further differentiate clouds...
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"The names of these different images refer to what part of the electromagnetic spectrum the satellite sensors are sampling. It turns out that the atmosphere is transparent to different types of radiation in certain areas of the spectrum. These areas are called atmospheric windows or channels....
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The idea of using successive satellite observations of clouds to determine wind direction and speed was pioneered by Professor Suomi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This module provides an explanation of how this is accomplished. While the concept is simple, the procedure is rather complex....
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Every satellite image tells a story. And satellite images are everywhere, on the Internet, the evening news, and even in some newspapers. The ability to interpret weather information from satellite images enables people to make informed decisions about their day. By looking at a series of images and...
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Satellites are critical for tracking storms, especially over the ocean. The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States was a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in September 1900. Communications were very different then so people had no advanced warning of the storm and over 8000...
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Technological breakthroughs in the 1990's paved the way for incredible remote sensing capabilities for the 21st century. These enhanced capabilities are utilized by dozens of satellites continuously collecting data from multiple vantage points, allowing scientists from different countries to...
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Scientists are always working to improve our ability to observe the Earth remotely. It's because of this type of continued innovation that we have the ability to understand our planet the way you have learned so far through these modules. This module will guide you through some relatively new...
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To measure ozone in the Earth's atmosphere, NASA built the approximately 6-500-pound Aura satellite. The spacecraft carries four high-tech instruments that scan the globe from more than 700 kilometers above the planet. For students, there is an easy way to investigate ozone in their own...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9
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