Skype in the Classroom: Experiments with NASA

Measuring Our Atmosphere

January 15, 2015

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We kicked off the New Year with a very special Skype in the Classroom lesson, “Exploring Earth and Space Science with NASA,” connecting Mr. Ruiz’s 4th grade classroom in Texas with University of New Mexico’s Dr. Deborah Roberts-Harris and NASA Goddard’s Ginger Butcher.

Students shared their ideas on why we can see colors in the sky and what happens as light travels from the Sun to the Earth. To bring their ideas to life, Ginger used the littleBits Space Kit to create an energy meter and conducted an experiment to measure energy from light waves as they are scattered. Students collected data on the readings and shared their results. The session concluded with a discussion on the electromagnetic spectrum and understanding how scientists use satellite instruments to measure the scattering of light to detect different gases and particles in the atmosphere.

Click the image below to see the recording of the session and be sure to check out the lesson to run this experiment in your own classroom.

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Measuring the Atmosphere: Lesson and Data Sheets

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Thanks for joining us!