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Is Global Warming Affecting Portland, Oregon? You Be The Judge.

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Is Portland, Oregon Experiencing Global Warming? Analyze data to decide for yourself.

Is Portland, Oregon experiencing global warming?

In this lesson plan from My NASA Data, students will use long wave radiation data to determine whether the climate has changed in Portland, Oregon over a 20 year time span.

The lesson, appropriate for grades 6-9, has the following standards based outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will understand the difference between climate and weather.
  • Students will practice line graphing skills.
  • Students will find the longitude and latitude of a city on a world map.
  • Students will learn the definition of longwave radiation and Watts per meters squared.
  • Students will discover that temperature and radiation changes vary on our planet

The lesson plan includes step by step instructions, teacher notes, access to data sets, and resources needed to use the activity in a classroom setting.

https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/preview_lesson.php?&passid=65

The My NASA Data website includes many other lesson plans and projects which use authentic NASA atmospheric and earth science data sets.  This is a great way to involve your students in hands-on, standards based science!

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Opportunity to Publish Student Climate Research in Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators

Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators, or JEI, has formed a collaboration with the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series of peer-reviewed, climate-related research papers authored by middle- and secondary-school students.

JEI is an open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage and publish authentic student research. In addition to standalone research papers, JEI also encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submit journal articles based on those projects. Guidelines for articles, including some practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journal article submission, can be found at www.instesre.org.

The initial deadline for an intent to submit a manuscript email is Nov. 30, 2012. For more information, including submission instructions and other deadlines, please contact David Brooks at brooksdr@instesre.org.

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High School Students – Apply Now for the Global Climate Change Summer School – Deadline May 15, 2010

Oregon High School students may apply to participate in the NASA Climate Change Summer School scholarship program. One hundred (100) students will be selected to receive a tuition scholarship to cover the cost of participation in this college course.

During this online college course, students will engage in hands-on climate change activities. Scholarship winners will prepare a portfolio of their activities and essays on each topic. These results will be shared with science teachers at the local high schools in the Fall of 2010.

Eligibility
Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2010
Application Guide: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

What is the Global Climate Change Summer School Program?
Every day we hear more about the state of our planet. What information is accurate and reliable? How will our lives be affected by these changes? What can we do to make a difference? The Global Climate Change Summer School Program offers exceptional Oregon high school students the opportunity to learn the latest information from world climate change experts while participating in a free college course offered online by Portland Community College (PCC).

The course website can be found at http://www.pcc.edu/gcc

Course Objectives:

  • Increase PCC’s educational outreach to Oregon K-12 educational system.
  • Educate high school students (and their families) on climate change.
  • Engage these NASA scholarship recipients in a hands-on summer climate change activity (in response to President Obama’s charge to NASA to do this for one million students in the summer of 2010).
  • Provide these exceptional scholars with a meaningful summer learning activity and resume piece.
  • Stimulate the participants to seek other college level courses while completing their high school requirements.
  • Provide climate change feedback into the classes at their schools in the Fall of 2010 while creating an opportunity for their teachers to use NASA educational materials in the curriculum.
  • Significantly contribute to PCC’s Climate Change Action Plan’s Educational and Public Outreach component.
  • Contribute to the mission of NASA and OSGC, and in particular stimulate students into the pursuit of STEM careers.

How will students participate?
100 Oregon NASA Space Grant scholarships in the amount of $25 each to cover cost of class tuition will be awarded to high school students across Oregon. The tuition scholarships will be used to enroll these scholars in GCC1 – Global Climate Change Summer School at Portland Community College.

Participating students will engage in hands-on computer based activities (labs) relating to the subjects of the streaming video sessions for the course (GCC1). Students will perform these activities at home with the guidance of the teacher assigned to GCC1 in summer term.

Each scholar will create a portfolio of the Climate Change Summer School experience. Portfolios will include a short review and summary of each session of the course, specifically addressing session issues important to the student and topics deemed most relevant to the student’s understanding of climate change. Examples will be available for student reference. Participants will produce two copies of the portfolio – one for submission to their high school science teacher during Fall 2010 and one submitted to Portland Community College.

Application Process:
Eligibility – Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school years are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course. A computer with internet access is required for participation in the class.

Mentor Teacher – Each participating student must have a mentor teacher. Mentors will provide student participants with guidance regarding basic questions during the summer course. The course instructors will provide primary guidance but mentor teachers should be prepared to continue contact with the student via email or phone during the summer months if basic questions arise (time commitment is expected to be minimal).

Mentors must provide contact details on the student application form. Additionally, mentor teachers must provide a brief recommendation for the student’s application packet. This recommendation should briefly answer the following two questions:
1. Why would this student benefit from participation in the Global Climate Change Summer School?
2. What characteristics of this student will ensure their full participation and completion of this college course?

Mentor recommendations should be submitted as a separate page and must include the teacher’s name, school, and phone number.

Application forms are available online. Please use the following link to download the application guide. http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

Completed application forms and Mentor Teacher recommendations should be sent via email or regular mail to the following address:

By Mail:
Climate Change Summer School
Portland Community college
SY ST 312
PO Box 19000
Portland OR 97280

By Email: GCC@PCC.EDU
(note: If sending via email, please keep file sizes small. Send documents in PDF or .DOC format.)

Questions regarding this program or the application process may be
sent to the course administrator at GCC@PCC.EDU

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Climate Change Workshops for K-8 Teachers – Aug 26-28, 2009 in Monmouth Oregon

Want to know more about global climate change?

What: Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary and Middle level
Where: Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR
When:
Elementary: Wed and Thurs Aug 26, 27
Middle (6-8): Thurs and Fri Aug 27,28
Time: 8:30-4 pm each day
Cost: FREE! Includes snacks and lunch. Your only cost is if you want one graduate credit ($50) or if you choose to stay overnight (limited housing in WOU dorms available with advance notice).

What to expect:
-Gain an understanding of what global climate change is and how it will impact the Pacific Northwest
-Explore ways your school and students can initiate changes to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.
-Learn how Global Climate change curriculum connects with national and Oregon’s new state science standards
-Participate in lessons and hands-on activities suitable for use in elementary or middle level classrooms
-Receive copies of the lessons
-Examine children’s books that can be integrated with the global climate change curriculum

Limit: 32 K-5 elementary and 24 middle school teachers
For more information contact: Dr. William Schoenfeld or Dr. Adele Schepige at gccift@wou.edu

Funded by NASA through a grant to Earth & Space Research (www.esr.org ). Additional support from WOU and the NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium.

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Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary – July 11, July 25, August 22, 2008

Want to know more about global climate change?
What: Global Climate Change Institute for Teachers: Elementary
Where: Western Oregon University
When: Three dates to choose from
Friday, July 11, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Time: 8:30-4 pm
Cost: FREE! Includes snacks and lunch. (charges apply if taking the class for one graduate credit or if you choose to stay overnight in university housing)

What to expect:

  • Gain an understanding of what global climate change is and how it will impact the Pacific Northwest
  • Explore ways your school and students can initiate changes to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.
  • Learn how Global Climate change curriculum connects with national and state science standards
  • Participate in lessons and hands-on activities suitable for use in k-5 classrooms
  • Receive copies of the lessons along with supplies to take with you
  • Examine children’s books that can be integrated with the global climate change curriculum
  • Possible follow up school visit and assistance from GIFT staff during the 2008-09 school year

Limit: 24 elementary teachers each day
For more information contact: Dr. William Schoenfeld or Dr. Adele Schepige at gccift@wou.edu

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