NIST Summer Institute 2015

Created by Kristen Weaver Last updated 7/12/2016

List of resources presented to the NIST Summer Institute for Middle School Science Teachers in July 2015.

  • GPM's First Global Rainfall and Snowfall Map | Precipitation Education

    GPM Project Scientist Dr. Gail Skofronick-Jackson and Deputy Project Scientist Dr. George Huffman narrate a look at the new GPM IMERG global dataset.This website, presented by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, provides students and educators with resources to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them.
  • For Good Measure Video

    This short video (2:01) uses an engaging approach to emphasize the importance of tracking and studying precipitation. The video cast explains how the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will use a constellation of satellites to achieve global coverage, thereby providing scientists with accurate precipitation data from around the world. In addition to the video, the site contains supplemental text which provides background information on the GPM mission.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2, 4B/M7
  • Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground (mPING)

    ARE RAINDROPS FALLING ON YOUR HEAD? Are you getting hassled by hail? Is snow glistening in your treetops? We need your weather reports for our research! GET THE mPING APP! Download on the AppStore Get it on Google play The NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is collecting public weather reports through a free app available for smart phones or mobile devices. The app is called “mPING,” for Meteorological Phenomena Identification Near the Ground.
  • CoCoRaHS - Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network

    CoCoRaHS is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.
  • Atmosphere Protocols from GLOBE

    Atmospheric conditions can have an important impact on the types of plants and animals that can live in a particular area as well as soil formation. The atmospheric measurements collected by GLOBE students are important to scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology and soil. Students and scientists investigate the atmosphere through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable. Learning activities aid in the understanding of important scientific concepts, the understanding of data and data collection methodologies. The investigation appendix contains data sheets for all atmosphere and climate protocols, cloud and contrail images and descriptions and a glossary of terms. Additionally, data sheets (from the Appendix) and field guides (from the individual protocols) are available individually.
  • Estimating Cloud Cover Activity

    Students practice estimating how much of the sky is covered by clouds.
  • S'COOL Lesson: Create a Cloud in a Bottle (Demonstration Version)

    With this lesson plan, students observe a demonstration of cloud formation that uses a 2L plastic beverage bottle and other simple ingredients to learn the three factors required for cloud formation. A test and a control experiment are conducted. Detailed procedure and materials, vocabulary linked to an on-line glossary, and teacher notes are provided. This activity is related to the NASA CERES Students Cloud Observations Online (S'COOL) project.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E3
  • GPM Touchscreen App

    Web interface with information about the GPM mission, including photos and videos.
  • Precipitation Education

    The Precipitation Education website, presented by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, provides students and educators with resources to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them.
  • Rain Gauge Activity

    In this activity, students face an engineering challenge based on real-world applications. They are tasked with developing a tool they can use to measure the amount of rain that falls each day. Students will find out why freshwater is important, learn about the water cycle, and the need to have a standard form of calibration for measurement tools. They will learn that keeping track of precipitation is important, and learn a little bit about how NASA's GPM satellite measures precipitation from space. This lesson uses the 5-E instructional model.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/E3, 3A/M2, 4B/E3, 4B/M7
  • GPM Technology and Instrumentation: LEGO Model

    This site features information about constructing a LEGO model of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission Core Observatory. Two options for building the GPM model are provided: students can construct a 3D model on the LEGO website or build an actual LEGO model of the satellite (information is provided for purchasing individual parts or for purchasing a pre-packaged kit). In addition to learning about the primary components of the GPM satellite, students will also learn facts about the mission, its technology and instrumentation.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 3A/M2
  • GPM Core Observatory Paper Model

    This activity allows participants to build a paper model of the GPM Core Observatory and learn about the technology the satellite uses to measure precipitation from space. Directions explain how to cut, fold and glue the individual pieces together to make the model. The accompanying information sheet has details about the systems in the satellite including the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR), the GPM Microwave Imager (GMI), the High Gain Antenna, avionics and star trackers, propulsion system and solar array, as well as a math connection and additional engineering challenges.
  • NASA Earth Observatory : Home

    The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and models.
  • NASA Earth Observations (NEO)

    Our mission is to help you picture climate and environmental changes as they occur on our home planet. Here you can browse and download imagery of satellite data from NASA's constellation of Earth Observing System satellites.