La próxima semana (Oct. 12-14) es la Semana de las Ciencias de la Tierra. Es una gran oportunidad para conocer los programas educativos ofrecidos por la NASA. Nuestro programa favorito es “S’COOL.” En este programa, se aprende sobre los diferentes tipos de nubes, y se pueden hacer observaciones de las mismas en su área, registrarlas, y reportarlas a la NASA. De esta manera, se puede ayudar a la NASA a verificar la funcionalidad del satélite CERES. Este satélite observa las mismas nubes que se pueden ver desde el puto de vista terrestre, al igual que desde el espacio!
Conoce los tipos de nubes: Carta de Identificación de Nubes (NASA)
Registra tus observaciones: Forma de Reporte
Reportarlas a la NASA: Reporte de Observaciones Terrestres de S’COOL
Smarter Every Day is a Youtube channel dedicated to exploring the physics of the world around us and making it fun and accessible to everyone. Destin Sandlin, a mechanical and aerospace engineer, follows his curiosity with the help of high-speed video, demonstrations, input from experts, occasional help from his family, and the laws of physics. Destin gives the technical side of the series both breadth and depth, while keeping things thoroughly engaging. His enthusiasm and fascination with science is contagious.
While not specificially focused on atmospheric science, we wanted to share this resource because of the awesome combination of entertainment and engineering-related education it provides. Many concepts in fluid mechanics, a favorite topic of ours, make an appearance, for example in the helicopter “deep dive” series.
Prof. McNeill and her family love watching these videos together before bedtime. That two engineers with PhDs and a two year old all enjoy the videos equally says something about their special appeal and entertainment value (as well as the quality of the technical content). At 2 years old her son may be a little young to be learning about concepts like cavitation and gyroscopic precession, but he enjoys every minute!
This fantastic blog was recently brought to our attention. It is an excellent resource for students and educators interested in oceanography and fluid dynamics. Mirjam Glessmer has a passion for simple experiments demonstrating important concepts in oceanography. Her blog features many videos and descriptions of these experiments which can be used for classroom demonstrations or at-home learning activities. She also posts on teaching philosophy. Check it out!