Atmoz and the kids or
how your child can contribute to the science of climate changeAtmoz came across some guidelines for teaching climate change and was unimpressed. As a commenter pointed out such is the nature of teaching standards. Atmoz also lays one across Steve Mc who is demanding that there be lots of equations in explanations of the greenhouse effect. Still, what concerns Eli is Atmoz' point
I’m glad to see that they specifically have weather mentioned as a topic in their science curriculum. However, it’s almost exactly as I expected for a fourth-grade level. The science being taught is “observe and describe”. Observations are very important to understanding science. However, how are 4th graders going to observe climate change in one school year? They especially aren’t going to observe global climate change.It turns out that kids can do a lot (or at least something) about observing climate change and good science if you can link them together, something the GLOBE program has been trying to do for a number of years linking together students and classrooms in over 110 countries with earth scientists.
What students can do of course, is make observations, lots of them, also known as ground truth, and they can do it simultaneously at a lot of places, worldwide as it were, and these observations can be linked to satellite measurements. The results can be processed and fed back to the classroom. Carefully formulated lessons before and after the activities give the students context and teach them about the why and wherefore.
GLOBE at night is a simple project that has been running for a while. The map above shows the locations that reported in 2006. GLOBE at night is