California's Climate Educator Conference

California's Climate Educator Conference California's Climate Educator Conference
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    Mary Kay Kuehn
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    M/S 180-109 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena CA 91109

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What: California contains most climate zones and pretty much all types of weather. Both of these features are in response to local and global forces including atmospheric circulation, the Pacific Ocean and the state's unique and varied topography. Human factors play a role as well, from global impact to local decisions on urban growth, fire and water resources.

JPL and local scientists, geographers and planners will address the current climate, the historical record, long range trends and future forecasts in context. Special attention will be paid to the California science standards, especially key areas like fourth grade where California is a year-long theme.

Who: All educators (including museum staff) and students (high school and above) interested in earth and space science and exploration. The conference content is generally non-technical but does include some detailed scientific and engineering content. The objective of the conference is to tell the exciting tale of real-life exploration and new discovery in a way that will excite and inspire students. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a registered adult.  The bulk of the conference is presentations, not workshop-type activities, but instructional materials and resources will be shared.

When: All day Saturday, May 1, and the morning of Sunday, May 2, 2010. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. On Saturday the conference will conclude by 5:00 p.m. On Sunday the conference will end at noon, for a total of 12 hours of professional development time.