Upper elementary

Upper elementary

For grades 3 through grade 5.

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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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