NASA experts instruct Ventura County teachers on the science of global climate change » Ventura County Star
In a NASA-directed video showed to about 20 local science teachers on Thursday, two scientists showed how principles of global warming could be shown to schoolchildren through the use of balloons.
One balloon filled with air was heated with a match and instantly exploded, because the air couldn’t absorb the heat, while the one filled with water had a higher heat capacity and didn’t explode, at least not yet.
...The teachers were there to learn about climate change and the science behind it during the university’s second annual Summer Climate Science Institute and Camp.
The summer institute and camp are funded by a $593,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. CSUCI was one of only 14 institutions in the nation awarded funding through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program.
The institute and camp are part of a program known as PEL (Promoting Educational Leadership in Climate Science). More than 30 biology, chemistry, and earth science teachers at 12 schools in Ventura County will receive instruction under the grant. The program offers the teachers access to NASA resources, prominent climate scientists, on-site classroom instructional support, university credit and a $1,200 stipend.
Professor Brian Soden spoke on Thursday about climate change projections and impacts, while 19-year-old Alec Loorz, a leading youth voice in the United States on the issue of climate change, spoke about involving youth on climate activism.
Patzert has worked with former Vice President Al Gore for two years on global-warming issues.