New climate education resource for teachers, students is online

Students, teachers, parents and the general public can access information about climate, weather and atmospheric science online through a program offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy. The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility recently redesigned its Web site, which can be found at http://education.arm.gov online. The new design provides a fresh look, easier navigation, and new learning activities, but still features the familiar faces of Professor Polar Bear, Teacher Turtle, and PI Prairie Dog. These ”mascots” represent ACRF’s research locales in Oklahoma, Alaska and the tropics.

From Los Alamos National Laboratory :

New climate education resource for teachers, students is online

Students, teachers, parents and the general public can access information about climate, weather and atmospheric science online through a program offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility recently redesigned its Web site, which can be found at http://education.arm.gov online. The new design provides a fresh look, easier navigation, and new learning activities, but still features the familiar faces of Professor Polar Bear, Teacher Turtle, and PI Prairie Dog. These ”mascots” represent ACRF’s research locales in Oklahoma, Alaska and the tropics.

The educational Web site is divided into three easy-to-navigate sections: Homeroom, Study Hall and Teachers’ Lounge.

Homeroom features information about ACRF’s education and outreach efforts, providing news, events and publications.

Study Hall is a student resource that includes quizzes, activities and commonly asked questions and answers about climate, weather and global warming. This section also includes a new ”Just for Fun” page that offers coloring pages, word seeks and more.

The Teachers’ Lounge provides teachers with lesson plans, activity ideas and valuable background information about atmospheric science and global climate change.

The Education and Outreach Program for DOE’s ARM Climate Research Facility strives to promote basic science awareness by increasing skills needed to understand environmental science and climate change studies. The program aims to build relationships between scientists, teachers, students and the community.

For more information, contact Andrea Maestas of Los Alamos’s Atmospheric, Climate and Environmental Dynamics Group, education and outreach program coordinator for ACRF at (505) 665-7997, or go to [email protected] online.

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