Learn more about our two 2015 Summer Teacher Workshops
1. Pushing the Limits of Weather Forecasting: Relationship to Climate Change
July 27-31, 2015
Penn State University: University Park
How do scientists predict weather 2-4 weeks in advance? What scientific questions need to be addressed to improve these forecasts? And how can understanding these processes help educators teach their STEM courses? Join Meteorology professors and researchers Drs. Steven Feldstein and Sukyoung Lee, in a collaboration with CSATS science educators, in this NSF funded grant in Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics. Teachers will become immersed into the practices scientists use to perform and understand medium-range weather forecasts. Gaining relevant research experience along with collaborating with science educators, teachers will be able to translate this information into classroom lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that emphasize student learning about the practices of scientists.
This workshop will help educators learn how to apply important physics concepts to various phenomena. Through this one-week workshop, teachers will get a firsthand opportunity to learn about:
- diagnostic and modeling strategies utilized by researchers
- relationships between probabilistic weather forecasts and climate change
- data sites utilized by researchers and how to use them in your classroom
- interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of meteorology
Increase content knowledge related to medium-range weather forecasts, including the following concepts:
- tropical convection, wave propagation from the tropics to midlatitudes, probabilistic weather forecasts and the utilization of physics principles to explain weather phenomena
There is no cost to teachers: lodging, meals and travel allowances are included. A limited number of teacher teams will receive ongoing support to implement workshop activities in their classrooms and receive $500 stipends.
Teachers will receive detailed information once they are selected. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact Leah Bug with any questions.