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Weather and Climate for Educators
2013 Professional Development Series for Teachers


Weather, climate, and climate change are important topics in today's society. Many science educators are expected to teach these subjects even with no formal training in these areas. Our two Weather and Climate for Teachers courses, sponsored by CMMAP and the Little Shop of Physics, was redesigned for 2013.

The intent of the courses was to provide college-level content on the physics of the atmosphere, weather, climate, climate change, and climate modeling as well as demonstrate activities for use in the classroom. The courses were taught using the method of the Five E's, each describing a phase of learning (engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate).

Teachers received a stipend, one graduate course credit at CSU, and a box of science tools to use in their classrooms. Science tools included heat packs, which show that liquids release heat when they freeze, solar cells to charge batteries, and infrared goggles to see infrared radiation outside. More importantly, participants left the course with the confidence and knowledge to teach their students about weather, climate, and climate change.

activities Course Overview
This year we offered two courses in our professional development series: "The Science of Weather and Climate" and "Weather and Climate Across the Globe."

The Science of Weather and Climate
This 3 day course, targeted at elementary/middle school teachers, was held on the CSU main campus at the home of Little Shop of Physics July 8-10. Participants learned about the scientific principles that underly our planet's weather and climate.
Agenda | Grad Student Contact List | Photos

Weather and Climate Across the Globe
Our second 3 day course was held at CMMAP on the CSU Foothills Campus July 10-12. This was an in depth course on weather and climate. It was intended for middle and high school teachers of earth systems science who were looking to extend and solidify their knowledge of weather and climate concepts.

Course Materials
The course materials below are organized by the theme of each lass session and placed into the day they were presented.