Overview

The Clouds, Dust, and Sunshine program will focus on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, Space, and Physical Science topics for educators teaching in middle and high school grades.

NASA is sponsoring the workshop as part of its outreach effort to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the nation's schools. The workshop, "Clouds, Dust and Sunshine: Enhancing Our Understanding of Weather and Climate," will be held June 7 – 9 at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans. The workshop is being sponsored by NASA's Earth Science program.

Teachers from the Recovery School District and the parishes of St. Charles, St. Tammany, Jefferson and Orleans will take part.

The three-day workshop will focus on the basics of climate science, but will also put a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of conducting a science experiment. Teachers will learn how to have their students learn the importance of every step of an experiment – using a photometer to measure the strength of the sunlight reaching the Earth's surface. This experiment fits with several of NASA's Earth Science goals: to better understand how particles in the air and clouds absorb and scatter sunlight, which is a key driver of Earth's climate.

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Contact & NASA Mission

Contact
For more information please contact:
Barbara H. Maggi, Outreach Director, Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Hampton University

  • Email: barbara.maggi@hamptonu.edu
  • Phone: (757) 727-586

NASA Satellite Mission

HEA NASA Mission Partners

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Dates & Agenda

Dates: June 7, 8, 9, 2010

Time:  8:30am- 3:30pm (daily)

Location:  Lusher Charter School, New Orleans

Workshop Agenda

NOLA Agenda (PDF)

 

 

Earth Radiative Balance
(GIF Image)
Source:f GSFC
Earth Radiative Balance

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Instructors & Participants

Instructors
View short biographies, contact information, and photos for the workshop instructors, scientists, and coordinators.

Participants
View short biographies and photos for the NOLA participants.

 

 

 

Earth Balance (GIF Image)
Source: Allison, Mead A., Arthur T. DeGaetano, Jay M. Pasachoff. /Earth Science/. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2006.
Earth Balance

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Resources & Handouts

Download HOBOware software Windows version
(140 MB)

Download HOBOware software Mac version
(140 MB)

HOBOware software (Windows and Mac versions) for the data logger used to record data from your pyranometer. For more information about using your data logger see the "Pyranometer Protocol" and "Using Your Data Logger" links here:

http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~brooksdr/
DRB_web_page/NOLAWebSite/NOLAHome.htm


If you have more questions, feel free to contact David Brooks at brooksdr@drexel.edu.

The NASA A-Train Symposium
http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov/

Google Earth
Download Google Earth
Explore Google Earth on the Web with Earth View in Google Maps

Download NASA World Wind
Download NASA World Wind

WeatherWise
also known as just WXWISE

Hurricane Central
a problem-based learning module

Hurricane Katrina PBL Module
http://www.strategies.org/Teacher2010Pages/KatrinaAll.pdf

Wetland Watchers

NASA Summer of Innovation Web Site
http://www.nasa.gov/soi

Journey to the Stars
Kids love to make things explode in science class. How about an entire star?
Thanks to NASA, supernovas will soon be going off in classrooms around the country—no safety glasses required. It's done via a DVD called Journey to the Stars. Teachers can request a free copy along with supporting lesson plans and activity sheets at journeytothestars.org.

Invisible Universe - The Electromagnetic Spectrum from Radio Waves to Gamma Rays - Grades 6-8 - by Stephen Pompea and Alan Gould with Lincoln Bergman - Produced by LHS GEMS, Great Explorations in Math and Science Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley

Living with a Star, From Sunscreen to Space Weather - Grades 6-8 - Produced by LHS GEMS, Great Explorations in Math and Science Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley

The GLOBE Earth System Science poster packets that you used during the workshop are available for sale, details are below:

1. The original poster and activity packets are $10 and so are the new ones.  (Original poster contains data from 1987 to 1997 and the new posters are from 1997 to 2007 data).
2. A set of both original and new together is $15 and this offer is only available while supplies last.

Here is how to order:
1. http://shop.globe.gov/
2. Select "Earth Systems Science Poster" link from the list of links under "Navigation".
3. Select "View Details"
4. Add to cart and place your order

06.11.10
NASA Langley Helps Lead Math and Science Workshop for New Orleans Teachers
New Orleans, LA

NASA
Twenty three New Orleans middle school teachers got the opportunity this week to strengthen their math and science teaching skills at a NASA-sponsored education workshop.

06.07.10
Science @ NASA
Journey to the Stars

Kids love to make things explode in science class. How about an entire star?
Thanks to NASA, supernovas will soon be going off in classrooms around the country—no safety glasses required. It's done via a DVD called Journey to the Stars. Teachers can request a free copy along with supporting lesson plans and activity sheets at journeytothestars.org.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/07jun_journeytothestars/

06.04.10
NASA Holds Workshop for New Orleans Teachers
HAMPTON, VA

PRNewswire-USNewswire
Twenty three New Orleans middle school teachers will get the opportunity next week to strengthen their math and science teaching skills at a NASA-sponsored education workshop.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/nasa-holds-workshop-new-orleans-teachers/

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Photos

Photo Gallery of workshop events.

Download the group photo from the NOLA workshop.

8x10 inch PDF (6.528 MB)

8x10 inch JPG (3.764 MB)

 

NOLA2010 Group Photos

 

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In the News

Our teacher workshops are in NASA’s NEWS

"Clouds, Dust and Sunshine: Enhancing Our Understanding of Weather and Climate," in New Orleans,  2010
nola2010.hamptonu.edu
NASA NEWS Article

“African Dust Workshop 2010” in Puerto Rico 
aerosols.hamptonu.edu
NASA News Article