National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA: Development of Climate Related School Lessons Using NASA Data Sets
In this presentation, we provide an overview of the Climate Change Connections lesson curriculum but focus specifically on a couple of example exercises where NASA data sets are used to teach basic lessons about aspects of the climate system as it pertains to the built environment. In particular, we show how data adapted from NASA's GEWEX Surface Energy Budget and the NASA atmospheric data assimilation wind parameters as made available can be applied to lessons in solar and wind energy. These data sets are made available directly through NASA web portals entitled “My NASA Data” (http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov) and the Prediction of Worldwide Renewable Energy Resource (POWER – http://power.larc.nasa.gov). We also provide some feedback on the review of these lessons by educators.
Wit this curriculum, it is our desire that educators utilize this curriculum to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines and inspire the next generation of Earth Scientists.