September 1, 2017.
Climate change is a clear and imminent threat to the world today. While there are Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for teaching climate change in the classroom, students may have a difficult time understanding the seriousness of the issue. One of the standards in the NGSS is for students to develop their own explanation of climate change and its impact. That’s where AgroSphere comes in. AgroSphere is a web-based app that utilizes NASA open-source software WorldWind. WorldWind allows developers to create their own Java, Android, or web-based apps that can display data on the globe. AgroSphere displays historical weather (climate) data aligned with agricultural data. All the data in this program is free and open-source. it was gathered from multiple government agencies, including the United Nations (UN) and other sources. Putting these data in an interactive app can help students visualize the different data sets better to facilitate their own understanding of climate change.
Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Monitoring | Secondary Education
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under Grant # 1340110. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The research was also made possible by the California State University STEM Teacher and Researcher Program, in partnership with Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org), YOUR LABSITE, and INSERT AS APPROPRIATE.