Stepping out with the STEPS Project...
For the past month, teams of researchers from NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service have been working with scientific stormchasers from universities and other government agencies on STEPS--the "Severe Thunderstorm Electrification and Precipitation Studies" field program.
For 10 days P2K videographer Brian Igelman rode--literally--with them, as they put hundreds of miles on the odometers of their specially equipped vehicles in an attempt to get up close to some of nature's most impressive clouds. Now you can see some of what they saw--thanks to our partners at IBM, Avid Technologies and Yahoo! Broadcast, who have supported P2K with brand-new editing and streaming software, which allows producers like P2K to edit late-breaking video quickly and easily on the road, in hotel rooms and on the fly, and immediately stream it via the Internet.
See and hear from the STEPS researchers through video streaming--a first for a P2K project!
In the same spirit of connecting students and teachers directly to researchers on location on scientific frontiers which previously took P2K participants to the South Pole, the heart of the Amazon rainforest, and--virtually--to Mars and the Sun, LIVE FROM THE STORM takes you on board one of NOAA's research aircraft. Fly through Hurricane Dennis and into the very eye of the storm, and go behind the scenes at the National Hurricane Center--the place from which originate all those Watches and Warnings you'll closely follow over the coming days, weeks and months of what's expected to be an active hurricane season.
We were on location at the National Severe Storms Laboratory, in Norman, OK--seeing, up close and personal, how tornadoes are studied. The 2 programs also explore the nature of winter storms, the reasons for droughts, the nature of "fire weather" and much more. No matter where you live, LIVE FROM THE STORM (part of the ongoing PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE Module) will bring you and your students the latest research--while providing state-of-the-art multiple media materials linking daily headlines to the national science standards. NOAA's work, supported by NASA's network of remote sensing satellites, is a perfect example of how scientific understanding and research can lead to direct benefits to society in better and more timely forecasts.
DISCUSS-STORM, PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE'S online faculty lounge will be active throughout the summer and during the 2000-2001 school year.
Monthly editions of UPDATES-STORM, PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE'S online newsletter, will be published monthly beginning September 2000 and continue throughout the 2000-2001 school year.
A new interactive PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE Module will be available September 2001!
Rebroadcast of LIVE FROM THE STORM Programs
July, 2000 Education File Schedule - NASA TV
2-3 PM* 5-6 PM* 8-9 PM* 11 PM-12 AM* 2-3 AM*
All times Eastern
Program 1: THE "WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY" OF WEATHER
Thursday July 6, 2000
Fly with NOAA through a hurricane... sail across the Pacific to take the ocean’s temperature... find out how satellites and ground truth are both required... see how and why researchers chase tornadoes-safely! How key scientific principles such as heat and pressure produce storms and influence the climate-and why weather appears where and when it does.
THE "WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY" OF WEATHER shows how NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, works to understand America's weather. Students will see how key scientific principles such as heat and pressure underlie the familiar phenomena we see around us everyday--and why our nation has some of the wildest weather anywhere on Earth!
Program 2: RESEARCH TO THE RESCUE!
Thursday July 13, 2000
Why America has some of the wildest weather anywhere on Earth and how we can live with it. Real time interaction with NOAA researchers on location at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and in the Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, OK and elsewhere around the nation and the planet. How cutting-edge research and new technologies such as Doppler radar, satellites and computers can make our lives safer.
In both programs, students will meet the men and women who brave (and we mean this literally) the elements in order to better understand weather and climate, and make accurate and life-saving predictions. There'll be dynamic original graphics relating everyday phenomena to the key concepts all teachers have to teach. There'll be engaging and current material for Earth, Physical and Space science, as well as P2K's customary interdisciplinary connections to math, social studies, language arts, technology and more.
PBS stations, individual schools, districts and other educational networks may air the programs live, or on tape, for up to one year after the initial broadcast upon registration. Teachers may record and use tapes for one year after broadcast (the standard "PBS Extended Rights" period.)
NASA Television programming can be accessed through GE2, transponder 9C. The frequency is 3880 Mhz. Orbital position is 85 degrees West Longitude. Polarity is Vertical. Audio is at 6.8 Mhz. This is a transponder service and will be operational 24 hours a day.
NASA Television is also transmitted through the World Wide Web. Check out the following web site for further information - http//www.nasa.gov/ntv/ntvweb.html
PLEASE NOTE AT ANY TIME NASA TV may pre-empt scheduled programming for live Agency events.
The hands-on Activities bring the essential science concepts embodied in the National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Benchmarks and state frameworks to life in easy-to-implement but memorable learning experiences, using inexpensive materials and teacher-tested procedures. The Standards Correlation chart for PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE Activities can be found in the EDUCATORS section of the LIVE FROM THE STORM website. And since many teachers are expected to teach their state standards P2K has provided correlation charts showing the state standards you can cover for your state by using PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE with your students. These are available in the EDUCATORS section of the LIVE FROM THE STORM website.
These are just a few of the more than 20 activities in the PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE Teacher's Guide. The Guide is available online in the EDUCATORS section of the LIVE FROM THE STORM website. We find that most teachers prefer a print version of the Guide which can be ordered from PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE.
If you are a teacher or working with students please consider registering for the project.
Our "CONTINUNING CONSTRUCTION" website is now online.
New editions of UPDATES-STORM will be published once a month beginning September, 2000 and continue throughout the 2000-2001 school year.
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DISCUSS-STORM will continue to remain active throughout the summer and the 2000-2001 school year.
PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE (P2K) also offers an online discussion group (discuss-storm) via e-mail for educators and others planning to use the project. It allows users to ask questions, discuss problems, and make suggestions.
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LIVE FROM THE STORM and PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND
is made possible, in part, by NOAA, the NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.
Additional support comes from NASA, and other public and private collaborators.
Photos courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce.