Author: Patti Grammens, Kristie Reighard
TEAM: STEM GWCT
MEMBERS: Patti Grammens, Kristie Reighard
We studied climate change data in our classrooms, using several reputable sources. We then used SKYPE to have a live video conference between classrooms to discuss our research and the differences in climate and weather between our two locations – Georgia and Ohio. We learned a lot about our misconceptions of the other classes’ location and the differences in our environments. We also were surprised at the similarities of the classes – even though we were in different grade levels and in different states. We are still in the process of following up on Edmodo with a climate discussion between the classes. The most encouraging part of this project was opening up minds to the actual scientific data available and watching students form their own opinions based on this reliable data.
*As a component of the Siemens STEM Institute professional development program, Fellows work in small groups to collaborate on a STEM-related project throughout the following school year. These projects utilize the collaborative Web 2.0 tools that Fellows learn about during their week at the Institute to further student learning in the classroom. The project presented here is one of the projects done by a group from the 2010 Siemens STEM Institute Fellows.