I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Emily K. in the Summer of 2018 at a National Geographic Society's "GeoInquiries" workshop held at Macalester College in St. Paul. At that time Emily was in her fifth year of teaching 8th grade Earth Science in Saint Paul Public Schools. During a chat we had during one of the breaks Emily expressed her desire to find data that she could use in her classroom that would relate to Earth Science.
According to Emily "Amy told me about some websites where I could find a wide variety of real-time weather maps and data. In addition she gave me a copy of an insolation data set (i.e., "incoming solar radiation data") from NASA. Over the next several months I incorporated a lot of this into a revision of my weather unit for 8th grade Earth Science. I can definitely say that my new weather unit was a success as students were able to correlate what they were experiencing in their daily lives with data. This even included things such as worsening of many student's asthma symptoms on days in which there were severe atmospheric inversions. Amy has been such a great help in pushing my understanding of weather and climate phenomena which definitely helped my students understand the concepts better than they had in previous years. This work inspired me to continue my professional learning through the American Meteorological Society, through which I eventually completed 3 courses, one being Project Atmosphere! I also had a weather station installed on the roof of my school, Global Arts Plus Upper-- funded through Donors Choose -- which is now part of Weather Underground’s “Personal Weather Station Network” (https://www.wunderground.com/pws/overview). My weather station data may be found at following link: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KMNSAINT348. Although I am now teaching 6th grade Physical Science in 2021-2022 this will be changing to Earth Science and I feel much more prepared to teach the new Minnesota Science Standards with Dr. Lilienfeld's mentoring".