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Tip Sheet: EE Week for Meteorologists

What is EE Week:

Sponsored by Samsung, NEEF’s National Environmental Education Week 2018 (EE Week) will take place on April 23-29, 2018, and is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education (EE), inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students across the country. Open to anyone who is helping share environmental knowledge in some way or is encouraging others to learn more about the planet, events and projects took place in classrooms, after-school clubs, parks, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, at home, or any other location!

Here are some great ways you can get involved!

 

Joe Murgo and the Eyes on Central PA mission

You can start a similar mission in your community! Gather citizen science input from viewers such as wildlife spottings or weather updates. Use these contributions in a weather broadcast or online report to directly respond and educate viewers about what they are noticing.

NASA S’COOL

Help students get involved with a citizen science project like NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations Online (S’COOL) program to collect data on cloud type, height, cover and related conditions. Participant data is used by NASA scientists alongside satellite data to learn more about how clouds affect Earth’s atmosphere.

 

Join a local school or student group and start one of these projects:

  • Lead a lesson on local weather trends and how different weather patterns are tracked and forecasted. Show recent radar images and teach students how to interpret the maps to identify different types of precipitation and storm movement.
  • Build a rain gauge to measure precipitation. Talk about how different types of precipitation form and what happens to the water once it reaches the land. Identify your watershed and talk about the importance of keeping the watershed clean.
  • Talk with students about sun safety and other forms of weather preparedness, looking at weather-related threats in your area. NEEF has additional information available for teaching about sun safety from the SunWise program, and other extreme weather preparedness tips on the Weather & Climate section of its website.
  • NEEF’s Greening STEM Toolkit offers a section of educator resources and lesson plans for teaching about Weather and Climate. Browse these links to find more ideas and suggestions!

 

Learn more about EE Week here.

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