CarboSchools: Meteorology (Sharing Experiments cont.)

søndag 3 mai 2009, kl. 19:28 | Publisert i Geofag, Konferanser og kurs | 5 kommentarer
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Maddalena Macario (Italy): an open source for teaching environmental education

Maddalena has focused on the Earth’s Atmosphere in her CarboSchools teaching. The context is the third year at upper secondary school (16 yrs old), after they’ve studied the gasous substances.

Duration of activity: 6 hours

Started up with lectures about the atmospheric composition and different meteorological phenomena. Weather forecasts, extreme weather, energy balance, humidity…

Maddalena has experience from different hands-on experiments, and she has found some ideas at the CS library. One experiment about humidity and saturation, and expanded with including aerosols to see how that effects the saturation values.

They also have a weather station at this school in Prato, and they have included their data at SchoolCO2web.


Hmmm, I’ve tried to draw the same graph as Maddalena did – with air pressure and humidity in the same graph, but the is a database connection failure. Maybe there should be a table about which dates there exists data from the different stations??

Maddalena has combined graphs with measured humidity and air pressure with the students weather forecasts, to show the commection between a higher humidity and low pressures.

The third experiment is about the greenhouse effect. It looks a bit like Rocer’s experiment.

The fourth experiment is about cloud formation due to condensation particles. This experiment is the same as I experiences at the ASE conference earlier this year, and at the Geofag teacher’s course in Oslo. (Create cloud in a bottle: Water in a bottle – smoke from a match to include smoke particles – increase pressure bu squeezing the bottle).

One of the problems she has experienced: links to websites keep changing (important to include date and time for the web pages) – databases are not stable – SchoolCO2web is not stable, makes it hard to compare your own data with data from other schools in the CarboSchools programme.

Needs: dynamic sites (blogs, fora, exchanging experiences); a database with experiments categorized by theme, key words, age of the students; news letters from CS library.

My remarks: This was very interesting – she teaches a lot of the same themes as I have in my Geoscience lectures. Nice to meet someone with this experience 😉

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