Clues to Climates of the Past
This Web Seminar took place on March 31, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was Dr. Lisa Gardiner, Educational Designer with the Office of
Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in
Boulder, Colorado. In part two of the series, Dr. Gardiner presented information
used in determining what the climate was like in the past.
This web seminar is part of a series of six programs designed to bring climate education
resources to secondary educators from the Office of Education and Outreach at the
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Gardiner presented information
about the data sources for determining past climate. She explained how historical
records, proxy records, instrumental records and supercomputer modeling are all
used to give a complete picture of the climates of the past. In addition to these
explanations, Dr. Gardiner also shared several classroom activities that are available
free on the websites below.
Forty-eight (48) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
California Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. One participant joined from a country
outside of the United States: Romania.
Seminar participants received a one year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides
and a certificate of attendance was deposited into their PD Record and Certificates area in the
NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “We must study history to be able to look to the future. Students need to know
how to study the past.”
- “Although I learned no new content (I did not expect to), I did learn some new
ways to teach it with some great activities.”
- “Very useful for up-to-date AP environmental sci class info!!”
- “Easy methods to explain to middle school students regarding past climate.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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