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Online Educator Professional Development on Earth System Science Topics from ESTEEM (Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP –Minority University Research and Education Program)

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Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Midwest - December 11, 2014, at 4:30pm EDT

The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project), then learn about related educator resources with Kristen Poppleton from the Will Steger Foundation. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects. Focus this month will be on the Midwest region. Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.

Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Southeast US - November 20, 2014, at 4:00pm EDT

The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project), then learn about educator resources that will allow you to bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects. The focus this month will be on the Southeast and Caribbean region. Watch for additional regions of the US to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.

“CYCLES”: Teachers Exploring Climate Change from a Native American Perspective – October 21st, 2014 at 4:15pm EDT

Clarify misconceptions about climate change and discover effective, culturally congruent resources focused on the impact of changing climate on our ecosystems. “CYCLES” is a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands on activities.

For connection details visit the NICE website: or contact Bonnie Murray at bonnie.murray@nasa.gov


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Nov. 21, 2013 Earth From Near and Far
Dec. 19, 2013 The Green Ninja - A Climate Action Super Hero
Jan. 16, 2013 Impacts of Climate Change/The GLOBE Program: Green-Up
Feb. 20, 2014 Earth’s Energy Budget
Mar. 20, 2014 Earth’s Energy Budget Continued, Student Cloud Observations On-Line: S’COOL
Apr. 17, 2014 Climate Change Summary: What We Know and How We Know It

CIMSS Logo imageClimate Change Summary: What we know and how we know it.
April 17th, 2014 at 4pm.EDT with Margaret Mooney, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS).
From proxy data to direct observations, all signs point to the same conclusion: Earth's climate system is warming at an unprecedented rate. Learn more about how scientists measure and document warming trends along with tools to teach this topic to your students.
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Presentation Slides:

erb image Earth’s Energy Budget – Part II: March 20, 2014, at 4 p.m.


Join us on Thursday, March 20th from 4:00-5:00 PM ET as we continue our study of Earth’s Energy Budget. This month we will investigate clouds and their role in the system, and share resources from the S’COOL program (Student’s Cloud Observations On-Line) that allow your students to practice cloud identification and submit their observations to NASA as citizen scientists. We’ll also look more closely at the posters and interactives created using data from the CERES instrument that is onboard a variety of NASA satellites. To connect go to https://nice.larc.nasa.gov or https://dln.nasa.gov.
Hard copy resources (available to download/print prior to the “Ask US” session):

Earth’s Energy Budget – Part I: February 20, 2014


Review and analyze Earth's energy budget with Dr. Brian Soden and Dr. Julie Lambert from the Florida Atlantic University/University of Miami Climate Science Investigation (CSI) project. Gain an understanding of how incoming energy from the sun, and outgoing energy from Earth, ultimately drives our climate. Then discover teacher resources including an interactive web tool, printable worksheets, related background information and additional NASA content that can be used to guide your students through instruction on these topics. Join us on February 20th from 4:00-5:00pm ET for this session.

Impacts of Climate Change/The GLOBE Program: Green-Up Jan. 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. ESTShift in Plant Hardiness Zones
What changes have occurred in various climate regions as global temps have risen? How have these changes affected birds, bugs, trees and plants? Understand the answers to these and other climate related questions and learn how to use GLOBE Budburst protocols to explore these concepts with your students. Learn about the impacts of climate change and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program.



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“The Green Ninja - a Climate Action Super Hero”, With Dr. Eugene Cordero and Dr. Ellen Metzger

Join us to discover how the Green Ninja inspires kids to take action on climate change. The adventures of the Green Ninja are told in a youth oriented and humorous way, but grounded in science and numbers. Related educational materials including lesson plans, games and contests are used to promote hands on learning experiences that help teachers bring climate science topics into their classrooms. (You can visit the Green Ninja website at http://www.greenninja.org/  before the Hangout to get your questions read



November 2013, Ask US: Ask US
“Earth From Near and Far”, with Peter Schmidt and Marilè Colon-Robles

Peter Schmidt works with teachers in NY City helping them to cover curriculum standards by exploring the outdoor environment with their students through his “Into the Woods” program.  “Zoom in” with Peter to learn about the amazing experiences he has had and how you can extend this opportunity to your students.  Then “Zoom out” to learn how NASA studies Earth using satellites, and how this perspective is needed to give us a complete picture (yes, pun intended) of our home planet.
Supplemental Resources to the November 2013 Ask US: