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Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds


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Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds

“Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds” is a hands-on activity in which visitors create a cloud in a bottle and explore it with laser light. The activity is connected to current and ongoing NASA mission research. Participants learn about ways that NASA uses satellite technology to observe clouds from above and explore ways that ground-based data, including some generated through citizen science projects like the GLOBE Observer app, are also used to study Earth’s cloud cover from below.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 2 2-liter clear plastic “soda” bottles
  • 2 Fizz KeeperTM bottle air pumps
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Red laser pointer
  • Investigate the Sky Today worksheet
  • GLOBE postcards
  • Pencils
  • Observing Clouds information sheet
  • Activity and facilitator guides

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Light and Optics
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Light and Optics
      • Lasers
      • Reflection and Refraction
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • National Informal STEM Education Network

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Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX16AC67A

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