Details

The course will meet for 3 days, for 5 hours per day:

  • Monday, 27 July to Wednesday, 29 July
  • Morning: 9:00 – 12:00
  • Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:00

Your instructors will be:

  • Brian Jones, Director, LSOP & Master Instructor
  • Sheila Ferguson, Teacher in Residence, LSOP
  • Denny Heyrmann, K-12 Science Teacher (retired)
  • Heather Michalak, Assistant Director, LSOP
  • Adam Pearlstein, Assistant Director, LSOP

Credit

You can sign up for credit for this course. Here are some key facts to know:

  • To get credit, you must:
    • Be present for all class sessions.
    • Complete and submit all assignments.
    • Complete a final survey.
    • Register online by Wednesday, July 29.

Schedule

MONDAY: Energy & the EM spectrum

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94622547990

Video of Zoom session, Day 1

Slides for the day

9:00 Introductions & Zoom Play

9:20 Course & Content Overview

  • Details
  • Overview of course structure / assignment / credit / instructional approach / questions and suggestions

9:30 Engage / Explore / Explain: Energy & Radiation

10:15 Break

10:30 Engage / Explore

10:45 Explain: EM Spectrum

  • Question: How big is light?
  • Scales of energy and wavelength
  • Interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter

11:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: EM Radiation 

11:45 Extend / Evaluate

  • Investigation: Solar insects in sunlight with and without IR filter

12:00 Lunch

Afternoon: Applications

1:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: Radiation and Energy on Earth, Part I

2:00 Extend / Evaluate

  • Discussion: Review: Why does it get colder as you go higher in the atmosphere?
  • Extension: The stratosphere: What’s up with this?
  • Extension: How about Mars? Venus? Titan?

2:15 Break

2:30 Engage / Explore / Explain: Radiation and Energy on Earth, Part II

  • Absorption, emission, transmission: In one sentence, explain: Why does it get colder on clear nights than on cloudy nights?

2:45 Extend / Evaluate: Radiation and Energy on Earth

  • Discussion: Why is July hotter than May?

3:00 Closing Activity: IR filter on your webcam

Assignment

  • Write and upload answers to the following questions:
    • What are the main lessons from this session’s activities and discussions?
    • What questions or uncertainties about this material do you still have?
    • What did this session make you wonder about—what questions did it raise?

TUESDAY: Air & water & clouds

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93286305404

Video of Zoom session, Day 2

Slides for the day

9:00 Feedback on Writing

9:30 Engage / Explore / Explain: Air, Water & Clouds, Part I

10:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: Air, Water & Clouds, Part II

  • Temperature changes on compression/expansion: If hot air rises, why is it cold in the mountains?
    • Discussion: Explain what is happening in terms of work & energy.
    • Discussion: Explain what is happening at an atomic level.
    • Discussion: Explain how this relates to the temperature profile of the atmosphere.

10:15 Break

10:30 Engage / Explore / Explain: Air, Water & Clouds, Part III

11:30 Extend

  • Work through this idea: Which corresponds to rising air: high or low surface pressure?

12:00 Lunch

Afternoon

1:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: Water, Energy and Phase Transitions, Part I

1:45 Extend / Evaluate

  • Discussion: Why do we often get a period of warm, clear days after the first killing frost?

2:00 Break

2:15 Engage / Explore / Explain: More Water, Energy and Phase Transitions

3:00 Closing Activity: TBD

Assignment

  • Write and upload answers to the following questions:
    • What are the main lessons from this session’s activities and discussions?
    • What questions or uncertainties about this material do you still have?
    • What did this session make you wonder about—what questions did it raise?

Wednesday: Climate & Climate Change

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98381363669

Slides for the day

9:00 Feedback on Writing

9:30 Engage / Explore / Explain: Weather vs. Climate Basics

10:00 Explore / Explain: Modeling Energy Transport in the Atmosphere

10:45 Break

11:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: Changing Climate

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Engage / Explore / Explain: Solutions

2:15 Break

2:30 Extend / Evaluate: Next steps

  • Applying lessons: How can you use this in your teaching?

3:00 Adjourn

Assignment

  • Write and upload answers to the following questions:
    • What are the main lessons from this session’s activities and discussions?
    • What questions or uncertainties about this material do you still have?
    • What did this session make you wonder about—what questions did it raise?
    • Give one example of how you could use something you learned this week in your teaching.