Weather and Water (Earth Systems I)

Crossing the traditional boundaries of the science disciplines, focuses on weather and the pivotal role that water and solar radiation play in the exchange of energy at the Earth’s surface. Explores natural phenomena such as rain and snow, dew and frost, wind and thermals, using the unique properties of water, heat transfer related to phase changes, and the behavior of gases as modeled by the Ideal Gas Law. Uses both models and natural observations to examine local wind patterns, larger scale atmospheric circulation, ocean currents, geographic location, and other physical and chemical factors that effect both shorter-term weather and water dynamics and longer-term regional and global climate. Aims to develop science literacy and critical thinking skills in teachers using hands-on activities organized around practices from the NRC A K-12 Framework for Science Education and the 7E learning cycle and instructional model. Content is contextualized to the middle school FOSS “Weather & Water” and high school Living by Chemistry “Weather” units. However, all teachers of science, and mathematics, who are interested in applying evidence-based argumentation across the curriculum, or investigating some of the basic scientific principles behind climate and global change, are welcome.

Time & Dates: Monday-Friday, July 21 – August 1, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Instructors: Dr. Malcolm Pringle (NEU/MIT), Scott Balicki (BPS)

Location: Northeastern University