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This article discusses how the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument found on the Terra satellite is used to understand how particles in the atmosphere interact with sunlight and how particle pollution affects Earth's climate.... (View More)

In this investigation, students use a a homemade psychrometer to measure relative humidity Two metal thermometers, a small piece of cloth, string, and a timer are required materials. The resource includes a chart which students use to calculate... (View More)

Learning cloud terminology is supported by this activity where students use cotton balls and construction paper to create cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds. A cloud chart and altitude chart are provided for use by students. The resource is part of... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

In this activity, learners will use a hurricane tracking map, satellite images and weather maps to track a hurricane and predict its path. They will consider the meaning and appropriate use of a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning and how these... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This video highlights students taking scientific measurements to support investigations in atmospheric science, hydrology, soils, and land cover. It shows students reporting data through the Web, creating scientific visualizations for analysis, and... (View More)

In this activity, students model the water cycle using a set of glass bowls, water, salt, clear plastic wrap, and a marble. and observe the process of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. They observe that water can change from a liquid to... (View More)

In this problem-based learning activity, teams are charged by NASA to position a satellite to watch for the formation of hurricanes. Students plot the origins of historic hurricanes on a map, and use the data to identify an area of 5 degrees... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This demonstration allows students to visualize how heat moves through convection - using water, food coloring, a small cup and a large jar - and prompts them to make a connection between the observed process and cloud formation. The resource is... (View More)

In this demonstration, students learn that air flows from a high-pressure area to a low pressure area, and greater the differences between pressure areas, the greater the wind speed. The demonstration uses an apparatus made from two 2L beverage... (View More)

In this demonstration, relative humidity is modeled using a sponge and a pan of water, and the concept of saturation is depicted. Students answer questions examining the relationship between temperature and the capacity of air to hold water vapor.... (View More)