1. Annette Schloss
  3. University of New Hampshire, University of Southern Maine, Windham High School (ME)
  1. Jeff Beaudry
  2. https://sites.google.com/a/maine.edu/visualliteracy20/home
  3. Associate Professor
  5. University of Southern Maine
  1. Eric Hanson
  2. STEM Education Specialist
  4. The World Bank, Windham-Raymond School District

Cyber-Infrastructure Digital Education & Research (CIDER)

NSF Awards: 1135545

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

For much of the northern United States, the months surrounding the winter solstice are a time of increased darkness, low temperatures, and frozen landscapes. Each year, the ubiquitous white ice crystals that blanket regions of the north go uninvestigated. Instead of hunkering down indoors with their classes, however, teachers can take advantage of a plethora of learning opportunities outdoors. We developed multiple activities to engage students in the scientific process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting snow data. This video describes two outdoor activities in which students learn about the insulative properties of snow cover and participate in a citizen-science network to collect scientific data on snow reflectivity (albedo). As part of the Cyber-Infrastructure Digital Education & Research (CIDER) project, we experimented with students’ recording and further exploring the data directly using weather-wrapped and outdoor WiFi-enabled iPads.

The Thermal Index of Snow and Measuring Snow Reflectivity in a Citizen Science Network investigations integrate scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Students engage in the scientific practice of Analyzing and Interpreting Data and explore the crosscutting concepts of Patterns and Cause and Effect. Disciplinary core ideas addressed include ESS2.C: the roles of water in Earth’s surface processes and ESS2.D: weather and climate. The creation and analysis of bar graphs and xy scatterplots also directly address the Common Core State Standards (NGAC and CCSSO 2010) as well.

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