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From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship, and You!

November 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am - November 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


A Teacher Workshop for Middle and High School Educators

Join the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (ALNC) for a two day workshop highlighting hands-on programming and ideas for integrating climate and STEM resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum.

DAY ONE (Thurs, Nov 7) will take place at ALNC in Monona and feature interactive investigations and discussions about using Aldo Leopold and Nina Leopold Bradley’s phenological data comparisons to examine historical data that helps illustrate climate change. Activities will range from measuring water quality as it relates to stormwater and precipitation trends to maple syruping and the impact of climate change on this industry. Connect the local to the global with resources you can access with your students in a classroom or other outdoor setting.

DAY TWO (Fri, Nov 8) will take place at CIMSS,  on the UW-Madison campus, the birthplace of satellite meteorology. Along with an overview on the status of our global climate, educators will learn about numerous digital resources and activities for teaching climate concepts to students in grades 6-14. We will look at climate datasets acquired by satellites and learn about our nations’ newest geostationary (GOES) weather satellites. Participants will leave fully equipped to coach student teams in a spring 2020 virtual science fair (http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/education/goesr/vsf) using satellite data to investigate weather and natural hazards. Science fair prizes for students will include gift cards and official GOES launch viewing invitations (no travel support) at the Kennedy Space Center. Teachers coaching the winning teams will receive launch invitations and travel support to present at the 2021 American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans! Participating teachers will also receive a beautiful 4-season poster of Wisconsin. Attendance is limited and we recommend you sign up early!

Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply towards CEU credits.

Reimbursement of up to $200 per participant available to help offset travel, hotel, substitute fees or other workshop expenses. Please complete this form if requesting reimbursement. Continental breakfast, light refreshments and lunch are included each day. Lodging is not provided.


November 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am
November 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Drive
Monona, WI 53716 United States
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