National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Meteorology: How Clouds Form

This Web Seminar took place on December 1, 2011 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 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 the first presentation of the Meteorology: How Clouds Form program and it will be repeated several times throughout this academic year (click here to find the next date). 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 the procedural steps for hands-on activities related to cloud formation. Ms. Kashiri also shared several websites featuring related material.

Sixty-five (65) 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, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location outside of the United States: Puerto Rico.

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 am in college to be a teacher. I plan on teaching in our elementary schools in Oklahoma and hopefully more science than anything else through the 8th grade. These are great lessons to use, and it covered resources I had not previously known about.”
  • “When I cover Earth Science, some of the topics include cloud formation. Doing demonstrations and small labs help students understand difficult concepts and this web seminar made understanding easier.”
  • “I teach weather as part of my curriculum and we have just set up a weather station. This is a good augmentation to the data obtained from the station.”
  • “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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