National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology

This Web Seminar took place on January 23, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri shared a wealth of weather and climate-related resources for teachers, including 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 was the second and final presentation of the Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology program for this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources that allow students to use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover, observe global weather patterns, and examine information related to climate change. Participants had the opportunity to investigate several websites during the presentation. Ms. Kashiri also explained how educators can become involved in the NASA Explorer Schools program.

Seventy-nine (79) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, five participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Columbia, Dominica, Germany, Puerto Rico, 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'm thinking about teaching a summer course to middle schoolers about climate change. This course gave me some good resources."
  • "I needed ideas for my enrichment group and this gave me SO many ideas."
  • "I am building a portfolio of STEM interactives for my earth/space science class and the modules are great for this purpose."
  • "I have just recently begun the S'COOL program with my students and am looking to acquire as much knowledge about how the satellites work to provide climate data as possible!"

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

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