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Meteorology: How Clouds Form

This Web Seminar took place on January 17, 2012 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 discussed 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 third presentation of the Meteorology: How Clouds Form program and it will be repeated during this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed 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 focused on cloud formation. In addition, Ms. Kashiri shared several websites featuring related material.

Forty-nine (49) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. In addition, four participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Dominica, Germany, Mexico 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:

  • “We just finished a weather unit and this would be a great intervention activity.”
  • "I'm going to be able to use this information in creating experiments that involve and integrate science, technology, and environment."
  • “I teach 5th grade and weather is part of our general science study. Clouds are interesting to the children.”
  • "The demo was one I haven't done before so it was great to see the potential and problem solve before I attempt it with my students."

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

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