NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, Calif., is hosting an educator conference, May 1-2, 2010, on the unique climate of the state of California. California contains most climate zones and almost all types of weather. These phenomena are in response to local and global forces including atmospheric circulation, the Pacific Ocean and the state’s unique and varied topography. Human factors play a role as well, from global impact to local decisions on urban growth, fire and water resources.
JPL and local scientists, geographers and planners will address the current climate, the historical record, long-range trends and future forecasts in context. Special attention will be paid to the California science standards, especially key areas like fourth grade where California is a year-long theme.
This conference is geared toward all educators (including museum staff) and students (high school and above) interested in earth and space science and exploration. The conference content is generally non-technical but does include some detailed scientific and engineering content. The objective of the conference is to tell the exciting tale of real-life exploration and new discovery in a way that will excite and inspire students. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a registered adult. The bulk of the conference is presentations, not workshop-type activities, but instructional materials and resources will be shared.
Interested educators and students must register by April 26, 2010. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.
For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=130