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You’re Invited to join NESTA for a classroom data exploration!

NEW for 2024! Our LMS will be Google Classroom.  REGISTER  to receive the Class Sign-up Information.

Spring Project : April & March 2024

Climate Science in the Palm of your Hand!

Register Now for Spring 2024!

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PDF of project expectations coming soon.


Level 1 : Make Cloud Observations and Submit Data to our Globe Team

Level 2(Above +)  Class Lesson: Making Connections to Coastal Sea Level Rise

Level 3(All Above +) Class lesson on Modeling Clouds and Earth's Energy Budget and/or Participate in Satellite Match and Report Results.

Level 4(All Above +)  Complete simple data analysis with one variable.
Level 5(All Above +) Complete advanced data analysis with multiple variables.  (Long-term data provided as spreadsheet)

You choose how your classroom participates!
Opportunities for Classrooms Grades 5-16 or Individual Participants

Support with Classroom Implementation 
Access to Mentors for Help & Guidance

Local Long-term Cloud Data Provided for Analysis
Students/Classroom Can Publish Their Results

Teachers & Student-teachers may Participate as Individuals
Develop Your Own Best Practices by Testing & Reflecting

NESTA invites classrooms, teachers and pre-service teachers to join our data exploration to help scientists solve the climate cloud conundrum, a project packed with alliterations.

During the months of April & May, NESTA members will host a community science project that brings engaged learners together to investigate the sky above by simply collecting cloud data.  This data, while simple, is both an important source of community-generated scientific information, as well as the foundation for a student exploration to describe Earth system connections, which includes exploring the coastal impacts of climate change. 
(A quandary of coastal consequences connected to cloudy skies ) 

 Our NESTA team is here to support you!

NASA scientists are very interested in understanding how changes in the amount and type of cloud cover will impact Earth's energy budget.  NASA & NOAA satellites observe clouds from above. This community science project asks each participant to help confirm or challenge the satellite information and therefore, better describe and predict the amount and types of cloud coverage over local regions.  Let's bring our classrooms together to help the scientific community better describe local cloud coverage; explore and understand the impact on Earth's climate and enjoy the camaraderie of scientific exploration. 

This project ultimately challenges students to explore the connections between their local cloud coverage and changes in the global climate system.   Through scientific investigation, students discover how they are connected not only to our Earth systems, but also to each other and distant geographical regions.  

Essential Questions:

  • How can a community collaborate to answer a common scientific question?
  • What types of trends in cloud cover in my geographic region can be described?
  • How do cloud cover observations from land compare to satellite observations?
  • How may changes in clouds coverage impact global climate?
  • How may changes in ecosystem services brought on by climate change connect citizens in interior geographical regions to citizens in coastal regions? 

Project Designed to Introduce & Engage Teachers with:

The Globe Program.  My NASA Data    NOAA Planet Stewards

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