National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Meteorology: How Clouds Form

This Web Seminar took place on August 30, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri focused the discussion on a wealth of online resources for teachers to use for cloud-related lessons, activities and simulations.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is first presentation of Meteorology: How Clouds form program and it will be repeated several times throughout this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources that allow students to work with NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover. She also described some of the procedural steps for a number of hands-on activities related to cloud formation that teachers could use with their students. Teachers were also shown additional websites that contained the written materials that Ms. Kashiri explained.

Seventy-six (76) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In addition, five participants joined the presentation from countries outside of the United States: Germany, India, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Romania and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My 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:

  • “I want to put together weather programs at my organization and this helped me review weather content and gave me ideas of what I can do interactively during a program.”
  • “I am an EE-Earth Science, so this helps in providing activities for the students. Also I do not have much experience in webinars and participating is great for learning the process and gaining knowledge.”
  • “The formation of clouds is a topic of interest to my students. The teaching resources offered will assist my teaching of this topic.”
  • “The material is excellent for teaching earth science.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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