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Hand-Held Sunphotometers for High School Student Construction and Measuring Aerosol Optical ThicknessScience education is taking the teaching of science from a traditional (lecture) approach to a multidimensional sense-making approach which allows teachers to support students by providing exploratory experiences. Using projects is one way of providing students with opportunities to observe and participate in sense-making activity. We created a learning environment that fostered inquiry-based learning. Students were engaged in a variety of Inquiry activities that enabled them to work in cooperative planning teams where respect for each other was encouraged and their ability to grasp, transform and transfer information was enhanced. Summer, 1998: An air pollution workshop was conducted for high school students in the Medgar Evers College/Middle College High School Liberty Partnership Summer Program. Students learned the basics of meteorology: structure and composition of the atmosphere and the processes that cause weather. The highlight of this workshop was the building of hand-held sunphotometers, which measure the intensity of the sunlight striking the Earth. Summer, 1999: high school students conducted a research project which measured the mass and size of ambient particulates and enhanced our ability to observe through land based measurements changes in the optical depth of ambient aerosols over Brooklyn. Students used hand held Sunphotometers to collect data over a two week period and entered it into the NASA GISS database by way of the internet.
Document ID
20010084897
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Almonor, Linda
(City Univ. of New York Brooklyn, NY United States)
Baldwin, C.
(City Univ. of New York Brooklyn, NY United States)
Craig, R.
(City Univ. of New York Brooklyn, NY United States)
Johnson, L. P.
(City Univ. of New York Brooklyn, NY United States)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Materials Presented at the MU-SPIN Ninth Annual Users' Conference
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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