National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

This Web Seminar took place on November 7, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer School Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil focused the discussion on the NASA Earth Climate Course and associated activities that can be used in the classroom.

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 Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets program for the 2011-2012 academic year and the program will be repeated in 2012. Ms. Keil showed the participants the main website where the information for the Earth Climate Course is located and how to access the lessons in pdf format. She also led participants through one of the simulations that can be used with students in the classroom. Ms. Keil gave some general information about NASA Explorer Schools and the resources available to teachers on their website.

Forty-five (45) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location outside 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'm always looking for new resources to use in the classroom. The climate model is GREAT - simple, but effective.”
  • “Bring 'real life' scenarios into the classroom is a plus! Just not another activity to do.”
  • “I really enjoyed the videos (I got to see them). I also bookmarked the websites.”
  • “I can alter some of the activities for my 6th grade students such as modeling the hot vs. cold planets. It may be a bit difficult to have all the materials as I have 150 kids, but I can definitely alter. I thought the computer model would be a bit over their heads.”

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

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