NASA/NSTA Web Seminars:

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Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

What determines a planet's climate? In this web seminar, educators used NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to show how we determine a planet’s climate. The featured lesson in this web seminar was "Modeling Hot and Cold Planets" from the Earth Climate Course. Educators explored why extreme temperature differences exist between Earth and other planets in our solar system. Participants learned how to engage students with an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet and test their hypotheses using a simulated computer model. During this seminar, teachers found out how to analyze the measurements and conduct comparisons with real world data from satellites and ground based observations.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

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