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ERIC Number: EJ1120810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Sampling in the Snow
Hanson, Eric; Burakowski, Elizabeth
Science Teacher, v82 n3 p36-41 Mar 2015
For much of the northern United States, the months surrounding the winter solstice are a time of increased darkness, low temperatures, and frozen landscapes. Each year, the ubiquitous white ice crystals that blanket regions of the north go uninvestigated. Instead of hunkering down indoors with their classes, however, teachers can take advantage of a plethora of learning opportunities outdoors. The authors (a high school science teacher and a snow scientist) developed multiple activities to engage students in the scientific process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting snow data. This article describes two outdoor activities in which students learn about the insulative properties of snow cover and participate in a citizen-science network to collect scientific data on snow reflectivity ("albedo").
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: EPS1101245