The "100% VIDEO + 100% HANDS-ON + 100% ONLINE" P2K model
FREE 2 primetime
quality, hour-long videos-- via public television and NASA-TV
FREE 20+ hands-on Activities published online-- (also available in low-cost printed format)
FREE website rich with information and dynamic images, and teacher-reviewed links to the best weather sites on the web
LIVE FROM THE STORM--priceless!
But how can three FREE components add up to something PRICELESS? We think the 3 different media each contribute some unique learning experiences: combine them all and you'll have the most exciting and intellectually-engaging experience possible.
Within one week of premiere broadcast the videos will also be available on videotape direct from P2K.
See ORDER for full details, pricing and shipping information.
RESEARCH TO THE RESCUE!
Why America has some of the wildest weather anywhere on Earth and how we can live with it. Real time interaction with NOAA researchers on location at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and in the Storm Prediction Center, in Norman, OK and elsewhere around the nation and the planet. How cutting-edge research and new technologies such as Doppler radar, satellites and computers can make our lives safer.
Tuesday April 11, 2000,
13:00 hours Eastern, 59:29 minutes,
Closed Captioned, with P2KLINKs
In addition to explaining the principles of weather through graphic animation and documentary sequences, the videos also introduce the enthusiastic men and women who study weather and climate, and who build the tools (the planes, computers and other instruments) we use to understand the world around us. We expect you'll find some inspirational role models in these adventurous and committed characters, demonstrating just how exciting it can be to put the math and science learned at school to work as a PASSPORT to a career in cutting-edge research.
Please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate if your school or district intends to view or record the programs DIRECT from satellite (i.e. rather than via re-broadcast by your local PBS station or NASA-TV.) By return e-mail you'll receive a confirmation of the technical details.
The hands-on Activities bring the essential science concepts embodied in the National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Benchmarks and state frameworks to life in easy-to-implement but memorable learning experiences, using inexpensive materials and teacher-tested procedures. Build a "Doppler Radar" in a shoebox, and experiment with "reflectivity" and "velocity modes" to detect severe or milder weather. Use a leafblower to test the design of your "Hurricane House", and understand the destructive potential of tropical storms. Model the greenhouse effect, or El Niņo, make a twister or clouds, get literary with "Writing Up a Storm" , or work with numbers to compare the size of hurricanes and tornadoes.
We also hope you'll use the Net to interact with PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, providing us with input as to what you and your students would like to know and experience. Unlike primetime TV, we're "all ears", as a former presidential candidate once said.
RESULTS WITH PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE
So those are the 3 media components of LIVE FROM THE STORM. But as our "100% + 100% + 100%" slogan suggests, we're sure the whole project is much more than the sum of its parts. How do we know that? As part of our previous NSF grant, an extensive evaluation found that PTK quantitatively boosted student mastery of content, improved attitudes to science and technology, as well as allowing students to practise the research skills of the Information Age. You can read more under ASSESSMENT in the TEACHERS section of the LIVE FROM THE SUN website.