Overview


Students will undertake a long term project to evaluate the effectiveness of different local forecasters, match the forecast with the actual weather and analyze which forecaster is best.

Objective

Students will compare the accuracy of different weather forecasts. Students will compile and analyze their own data gaining a better understanding of the challenges involved in weather forecasting

Lesson
Arctic
More than a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview


This activity is designed to make a connection between a group of scientists and the students.

Objective

Students will learn that scientists are people too.

Preparation


The teacher will need to contact a group of scientists to make sure they would like to participate in the project and to explain to them the goals of the

Lesson
Arctic
Less than a week
All Aged
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Students will calculate and measure out equivalent amounts of water to model the distribution of the world’s water supply.

Objective

Students will be able to compare the amounts of water and the states of water in different geographic locations.

Preparation


This activity shows students the relative amount of the Earth’s water in different sources- glaciers, oceans, etc…

Before

Lesson
Arctic
About 1 period
Middle School and Up
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Overview


Students use data and pictures of a destroyed wind sensor, to develop a theory of what happened to the station. They then develop a plan to make sure the station is not destroyed again.

Objective


Students will be able to use data to develop a reasonable hypothesis.

Preparation


It would be helpful to give students a

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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Overview


Students will use maps to track the teacher's location.

Objective

Students will be able to use latitude and longitude to find locations on a map. They will be able to identify locations within Antarctica.

Preparation


Teachers will need to explain the concepts of latitude and longitude to the students.

Procedure


1. You will be using

Lesson
Antarctic
Less than a week
Middle School and Up
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Kirk Beckendorf, along with researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison are based at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and traveling around the continent maintaining automatic weather stations. About 300 students from about 13 states joined the event.