Climate from space

What is the difference between weather and climate?

Join students across the country to explore these phenomena. Your students will became meteorologists and explore weather patterns around the globe. Then they build on their knowledge of long-term weather patterns to describe regional climates.

Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019
This program will be broadcasted two times on this date
Times: 9:10am PT (12:10pm ET) & 10:10am PT (1:10pm ET)
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: 4th - 8th Grade
Interactivity Options: Teacher using a Chat Box

What to exect during this Special Live Event
Weather clouds

In this 45 minute virtual program, students will practice observing and identifying patterns that meteorologists use to make weather predictions. They will then put these skills to use to make their own forecasts! Building on their ideas of weather, students will make observations on weather conditions and the extent to which those conditions vary over time. Through this exploration, students will obtain and integrate information to describe climates in different regions.

This program is designed to be interactive! Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy educators about making observations, predictions, and much more.


Program Materials

Print the student Sky Sketching Activity worksheet for the program (1 copy per student).

An Academy educator will instruct when and how to use this worksheet during the program.

Pre-Program Activity

We suggest one of the following optional pre-activities for your students to get the most out of this learning experience. If your student(s) do any of the activities, please bring the observations or logs to the program. 

A. Simple Observation - Look up at the sky and make observations. (Record your observation on a piece of paper)

  • What do you notice?
  • What patterns can you see?
  • How does it feel?

B. Observation using this NOAA Observation Log.

Technology required

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

Can't join us on March 21, 2019? Check out other Special Live Events, or book a one-on-one virtual program with an Academy educator!

Grades: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Capacity: 75
Price: Free