Middle school

Middle school

Grades sixth through eighth grade

Diamond ring, 3rd phase of eclipse begins

Eclipse Activities 2017 from NCAR

The Great North American Eclipse of 2017 will take place on August 21, 2017 and NCAR's High Altitude Observatory (HAO) is involved in a variety of events to engage the public.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Cheyenne at NWSC

Cheyenne Supercomputer Installed at NWSC

NCAR's newest supercomputer, Cheyenne, arrives at the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputer Center for installation in fall 2016 as shown in this timelapse.

Topic: Research Tools, Supercomputers
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Wildfires: It's Complicated!; Source: UCAR

Wildfires and Climate Change Attribution: It's Complicated!

Many wonder about the influence that climate change is having on extreme weather-related events. But attributing a particular event to climate change is exceedingly difficult, and that's particularly true with wildfires.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Climate Change, Adaptation, and Health

Climate Change, Adaptation, and Health

"Climate change adaptation and health’ is a short animated film that aims to inform viewers in an entertaining and easily understandable way about the impacts of a changing climate on human health.
Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Sun, Source: Exploratorium

Micronesia 2016 Total Eclipse

The Exploratorium traveled to the coral island of Woleai, in the Pacific Ocean 500 miles north of New Guinea, to bring you this astronomical event in real time.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
IPCC

In Harm's Way: the IPCC Discusses Extremes

What role does climate change play in altering the characteristics and impacts of extreme weather and climate events?

Topic: Education & Training, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
"Nothing can go wrong."

Graceful Failure, A Philosophy for Building Resilience

The Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) is a program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research with a mission of working with decision makers internationally to ensure resilience planning for weather and climate extremes to e

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
ORCAS 2016

The O2/N2 Ratio CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean Study 2016

The O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) Study is an NSF-sponsored airborne field campaign with research flights planned from Punta Arenas, Chile to investigate and quantify the Southern Ocean's role in the carbon cycle.
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
ORCAS Field Campaign, Source: Parker St.

Southern Ocean Research Explained

Learn about the importance of the Southern Ocean in the global carbon cycle and in regulating our planet's temperature. Henry's Law is explained with everyday examples as well as a wee bit of humor. Enjoy and happy learning!

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Soils, Source: UN AFO

Soils: Our Ally Against Climate Change

A look at how our Soils help to combat climate change in their role of sequestering CO2, and how our collective habits can damage this benefit with potentially devastating consequences. FAO: http://www.fao.org
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
Climate Change, Global Food Security & the US Food System

Climate Change, Global Food Security & the US Food System

Food security - the ability to obtain sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food - is a fundamental human need.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Middle school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Ice Melt, Source: UCLA

Rivers of Meltwater and Sea Level Rise

Using satellite and field work after an extreme melt event in Greenland, a UCLA­led study finds that melt­prone areas on its ice sheet develop a remarkably efficient drainage system of stunning blue streams and rivers that carry meltwater into mou

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Human Impacts
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education

Sea Ice and Earth's Climate with Marika Holland

NCAR senior scientist Marika Holland shares why sea ice is critical to understanding Earth's climate and the role of supercomputers and computational models to advancing our understanding of all parts of Earth's climate system.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Computer Modeling, Supercomputers
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education

Ocean Acidification with Joanie Kleypas, from Earth Vision

NCAR scientist Joanie Kleypas explains ocean acidification, the lowering of the ocean's PH, in terms easy to understand.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Electrojet, Source: Discovery

Space Weather Produces Electrical Bermuda Triangle

The equatorial electrojet is a natural current about 60 miles above the surface of the Earth.
Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Sprite and thunderstorm from ISS, NASA

Red Sprites Above Central US and South America

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station shot this unusual photograph of a red sprite above the white light of an active thunderstorm.
Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Global electricity

At the Frontiers of Science: Earth's Global Electric Circuit Explained

We live inside Earth's "global electric circuit," sharing our atmosphere with sprites, elves, blue jets, and other electric phenomena.

Topic: Earth System, Computer Modeling
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Earth's Global Electric Circuitm Source: UCAR

Atmospheric Electricity – for K-8

While we have known since Benjamin Franklin's time that electricity exists in the atmosphere, scientists are just beginning to understand its connections & consequences.

Topic: Earth System, Computer Modeling
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
DOW

Storm Chasing in a Doppler on Wheels

The Doppler on Wheels truck is packed with mobile technology designed to stand up to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Cloud in a Bottle

Convection: Cloud in a Bottle

At NCAR, we've been doing this experiment for years to visually demonstrate properties of convection!
Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
Arctic - Water and Ice

Water and Ice

Earth's water and ice serve as harbingers of Earth's changing climate.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Drip Drop Dribblets

Drip Drop!

Chill out with Drip Drop & the Driplettes as they groove on glaciers, hop in the ocean, get soaked in the flood zone, dehydrate in the desert, and party with a polar bear. Complete with pop stars, puppets, and animation, Drip Drop!

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Sun and Space Weather, Weather Research, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
The Nature of Science

The Nature of Science

Science – It's one way we make sense of the world around us. We observe, wonder, predict, gather data, test, and accumulate evidence.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school
Global surface temperature

The Scientific Process of Climate Change

Dr. Jerry Meehl, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), discusses the indisputable evidence that our global temperature is indeed increasing, despite any perceived lulls in the data.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school
Earth's Energy Budget

Earth's Energy Budget Explained

Earth's energy budget is explained as illustrated by NCAR scientists to represent incoming and outgoing radiation...
Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: Middle school
Earth's energy

Tracking Earth's Energy Flow

How is Earth's incoming and outgoing energy tracked, measured, and verified, how long have measurements been taken, and what other tools are on the horizon?
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school
Link to SciEd Climate Activities

SciEd Climate Activities

From activities about evidence of climate change, to inquiries into current and future impacts, and explorations of the role of energy use in current climate warming

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Earth System

Earth as a System: Seasons, Phenology from GLOBE

 The study of living organisms' response to seasonal changes in their environment

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System
Audience: Middle school, High school
Temperature Anomalies

Temperature Anomalies Visualization 1870-2100

This animation depicts global surface warming as simulated by the Community Climate System Model.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education
NOAA's Tropical Ocean Atmosphere buoy array, Source: NOAA

The Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) Story

The TAO project coordinates a multi-national effort to maintain an array of moored buoys across the Pacific basin to assist with El Niño and La Niña forecasts.

Topic: Oceans
Audience: Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
El Niño, Source: courtesy of NOAA

NOAA's El Niño Portal

Find out NOAA's forecast regarding the propability and intensity of an El Niño year ahead.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
El Niño, Source: courtesy of NASA

GLOBE El Niño/La Niña Experiment

During the El Niño of 1997, GLOBE students used their atmospheric measurements to track the effect of El Niño on their local weather. After El Niño, the opposite climate phenomenon, La Niña, began.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Middle school, High school
El Niño, Source: courtesy of NCAR VETS

El Niño and La Niña Visualizations from VETS

These images and animations capture visualizations of the 1982 and 1997 El Niños, two of the strongest El Niño events on record.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Oceans, Weather Research
Audience: Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Pacific Ocean

The "Almost" El Niño of 2014

2014 has been a fickle year for conditions that help scientists forecast El Niño events. But why do equatorial Pacific waters matter and what can they foretell?
Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
El Nino and La Nina Explained

Understanding El Niño and La Niña

This video demonstrates how La Niña and El Niño conditions develop in the equatorial Pacific Ocean as well as the corresponding changes in the atmosphere.
Topic: Education & Training, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Undergraduate (lower division)
El Nino Southern Oscilliation

ENSO: The History of One of the World's Best Known Teleconnections

What's a teleconnection, and how did we discover the best known teleconnections in the world - the ones from El Niño and La Niña? Bob Henson, from the Office of Communication, and Clara Deser, Sr.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Oceans
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school

Connect Vehicles: What's In Store

Sheldon Drobot, deputy director in UCAR's Weather System Assessment Program (WASP), shares an exciting future where cars advance our knowledge of weather conditions and in time drive themselves. WASP is helping to make this a reality.
Topic: Transportation
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
the Sun

Living "within" a Star

Rebecca Centeno Elliott shares the marvels of the Sun and the importance of understanding its turbulent nature, storms, and magnetism.

Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education

FRAPPE: Preliminary Field Campaign Findings

The FRAPPE field campaign took place in summer of 2014 to study the role ozone plays in the Colorado Front Range.

Topic: Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Sun

Space Weather & the Space Weather Prediction Center

We rely on advanced technology for almost everything we do today. Satellite communications, GPS applications, and the electric power grid provide the backbone to our Nation’s economic vitality and national security.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Solar Research at NCAR

What's Hot? Solar Research at NCAR

At the National Center for Atmospheric Research, scientists are building new solar instruments for Hawaiian-based observatories that will greatly advance our knowledge of the Sun and space weather.
Topic: Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Coronal Mass Ejection

Solar Flare or Coronal Mass Ejection? What's the Difference?

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and flares are both solar events, but they are not the same. This video shows the differences between the two by highlighting specific features of each.

Topic: Education & Training, Sun and Space Weather
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Climate Change 2013

The Physical Climate Basis, IPCC Working Group I

The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available.

Topic: Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts
Audience: General public, Middle school, High school, Higher education
GLOBE Learning Expedition 2014 - New Dehli, India

GLOBE Learning Expedition 2014 - New Delhi, India

The GLOBE Learning Expedition took place in New Delhi, India from 4-8 August.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Elementary school, Middle school, High school
SOARS Proteges

Mentorship: Preparing the Scientific Workforce of Tomorrow

Chris Davis, ASP Director and Senior Scientist at NCAR, talks about the importance, value, and need for mentorship of tomorrow's scientific workforce with SOARS Protégé, Erin Dougherty.
Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education
Shirley Murillo, NOAA Meteorologist,on NOAA's P3 Orion's use in hurricane research

NOAA's P3 Aircraft for Hurricane Research

Shirley Murillo, NOAA Meteorologist, shares information about NOAA's P3 Orion aircraft and the its instrumentation for advancing hurricane research.

Topic: Weather Research, Data and Data Analysis, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
What We Know and Would Like to Know About Hurricanes

What We Would Like to Know About Hurricanes

In October 2013, Chris Davis, Sr. Scientist at NCAR and an expert on hurricane and atmospheric dynamics, gave a 5-minute lightning talk about what we know about Hurricanes and what we still need to find out for a general audience.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
Connections: Being and Becoming a Scientist

Connections: Being and Becoming a Scientist

This hurricane season (2014), five tropical cyclone experts take a moment to share the importance of mentoring in both becoming a scientist and in their professional lives today.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional

GLOBE Goes to India

The next GLOBE Learning Expedition and Annual Partner Meeting are to be held in New Delhi, India, on 3 - 8 August 2014.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school

GLOBE Atmosphere Investigation

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.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Supercomputing and Tornado Data, Source: CISL, NCAR

Tornado Research: From Data to Computation

Science is a special way of learning about our world. Like detectives who use clues to figure out what happened in the past, scientists also use clues, or observations, to discover how the world works.

Topic: Weather Research, Research Tools
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school
Summertime Weather during Vortex2

Warm Weather Extremes - with Jeff Weber

Weather is always with us but as spring and summer roll around, its severity can rapidly accelerate.
Topic: Earth System, Weather Research, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Denver Air Quality Research with FRAPPE

FRAPPÉ: Researching Ground Level Ozone Animation

The purpose of this animation is to introduce students and other learners to ground level ozone and air quality research via this summer's FRAPPÉ field campaign.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution, Health, Field Projects and Instruments
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school
Discover AQ

NASA Discover AQ Campaign Comes to Colorado

NASA scientist Jim Crawford talks about DISCOVER-AQ, a NASA Earth Venture program funded mission, that stands for Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from Column and Vertically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality.

Topic: Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Building a Model of PPBV of Surface Ozone

Building a Model of ppbv of Surface Ozone from GLOBE (secondary)

The purpose of this activity is to construct a model that will provide students with a visual representation of parts per billion by volume of surface ozone in the air.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Human Impacts, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: Informal education, Middle school, High school
NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

NASA Discover AQ Field Campaign

DISCOVER-AQ is a four-year campaign to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and environmental benefit. It will take place in Colorado in summer 2014.

Topic: Earth System, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
FAQs about the FRAPPE Field Campaign

FRAPPÉ Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions regarding the Front Range Air Pollution and Photochemistry Experiment –FRAPPÉ.

Topic: Education & Training, Air Quality and Pollution
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Earth's Atmosphere

Explore the Atmosphere With the UCAR Center for Science Education (upper elementary, secondary)

Explore the atmosphere, learn about each layer, and reinforce learning through engaging atmospheric games and simulations.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Go 03 Project

Go 03 Project: Air Pollution Basics (secondary)

At the end of this lesson students will be able to:

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Middle school, High school
NYC Sky

Visibility and Sky Color from GLOBE (elementary, secondary)

The purpose of this activity is to observe, document, and classify changes in visibility and sky color over time and to understand the relationship between sky color, visibility, and aerosols in the atmosphere.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Upper elementary, Middle school
Climate Attribution

In Depth: Weather on Steroids

When weather disasters happen, is climate change to blame? In this in depth collection from AtmosNews,  find out what scientists already know about weather extreme attribution and what they're working to nail down.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Facing the Future Climate and Sustainability Curricula

Facing the Future - Climate Change Curricula from a Societal and Sustainability Perspective

Nonprofit Facing the Future is an international leader whose mission is to create tools for educators that equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, 

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Human Impacts, Energy and Sustainability, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Earth System Poster

GLOBE's Earth System Poster Activities

Students analyze satellite images to better understand Earth system connections.
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change
Audience: Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Looking at Air Temperature Data from The Globe Porgram

Temperature Data Activity from GLOBE

Students look at air temperature data starting from the individual measurements and compare them to averages of many measurements over a daily, monthly, or annual time period.
Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
IPCC WG2 Introduction

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

This video was created by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the Working Group II contributon to the Fifth Assessment Report 2014. The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Land and Vegetation, Oceans, Human Impacts, Health, Policy and Society
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division), Graduate/professional
Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes, Image Source: NOAA

Floods: Weathering Water's Extremes

Flood expert Matt Kelsch shares his expertise about the various types and causes of flooding, and what cities and towns can do to lessen their impact.

Topic: Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Undergraduate (lower division), Undergraduate (upper division)
Soil Educational Resources from GLOBE

Soil Educational Resources from The GLOBE Program

Find out why data collection of soil temperature, moisture and chemical properties is invaluable to scientists in many fields, then involve students in the process!

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Land and Vegetation, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school
Hydrology K12 Resources from GLOBE

Hydrology Resources from The GLOBE Program

The GLOBE Program offers data rich hydrology resources for K-12 students around the world.

Topic: Education & Training, Earth System, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Elementary school, Early elementary, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school

100-, 500-, and 1000-Year Floods: What Do These Terms Mean?

NCAR hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch suggests ways of looking at these statistical terms that help to accurately convey their meaning. 

Topic: Earth System, Climate and Climate Change, Weather Research
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school
Computational and Information Systems Lab

CISL - Outreach

CISL is active in several outreach, mentoring, and professional development programs in addition to managing the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputing Center.
Topic: Research Tools, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis, Supercomputers
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Winter Roads

New Technology Targets Slick Winter Roads

In the annual battle to keep roads clear of snow and ice, snowplows are about to get much more intelligent.

Topic: Transportation, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Middle school, High school, Higher education, Graduate/professional
Wings & Winter: Aviation Decision Support at NCAR

Wings: Aviation Decision Support at NCAR

One of the areas of expertise at NCAR's Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) is providing advanced weather technologies to support aviation.

Topic: Transportation, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school, Higher education

The GLOBE Program

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program designed to engage students in the process of science.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
UCAR Center for Science Education

UCAR Center for Science Education

The UCAR Center for Science Education helps to connect NCAR and UCAR science advances and innovations to the needs and priorities of diverse people by helping them to learn, understand, value, and apply science in their daily lives.

Topic: Education & Training
Audience: General public, Informal education, Elementary school, Middle school, High school, Higher education
Global Electric Circuit

Earth's Atmospheric Global Electric Circuit

The Global Electric Circuit describes how electricity naturally flows around the earth throughout the entire atmosphere.
Topic: Earth System, Sun and Space Weather, Energy and Sustainability, Computer Modeling, Data and Data Analysis
Audience: General public, Informal education, Upper elementary, Middle school, High school