Cloud Hunters Specialists (“Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition)

For the “2022 STEM Discovery Campaign”, projects “GLOBE Program Elementary K-4″ and “Science Picnic/Znanstveni piknik 2022” announced their first competition – The “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”! The contest allowed the children and teachers to explore the possibilities of the mobile application „GLOBE Observer“ (GO App) https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app by observing clouds and atmosphere conditions and taking photos of interesting clouds by mobile phone camera or tablet as an art activity with STE(A)M approach. 

    The competition was based on the methodology of the international GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) and using the GLOBE Observer application (GLOBE®). More about the GLOBE Program: (source: https://www.globe.gov/about )

GLOBE Vision: “A worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global level.”

GLOBE Mission: “To increase awareness of individuals throughout the world about the global environment, contribute to an increased scientific understanding of the Earth, and support improved student achievement in science and mathematics.”

„Look Up-Cloud Hunters „Competition is a non-profit initiative of the international project „GLOBE Program Elementary K-4“ (https://bit.ly/3xwbhN2 ) together with the project “Science Picnic / Znanstveni piknik 2022” (http://znanstvenipiknik.weebly.com/ ).

The project „GLOBE Program Elementary K-4“ was launched in June 2021 as an unofficial activity of the international „GLOBE Program“. Science Picnic / Znanstveni piknik is a 2-day science popularization event that gathers dozens of associations, schools, and institutions that present their science popularization activities to thousands of visitors. The event celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2021 -. The „Look Up-Cloud Hunters“ competition was coordinated by three Croatian non-governmental organizations: Professor Balthazar Association, Amateur Scientists Association, OUI (Empower-perfect-integrate for development). 

  The competition duration was from 25 April to 29 April 2022. The formal promotion of the competition started just a few days before the start of the competition, and regarding the short period for the promotional activities, the competition was successful. Thankfully to the #SDC22 team we overcame some technical difficulties and succeeded to organise the competition in time. Special thanks to a very active member of the GLOBE community, Mr. Brian Andrew Campbell (https://smdepo.org/user/211 ) NASA Senior Earth Science Education Specialist from Wallops Space Flight Center, for helping the promotion of the competition internationally.

   Twelve elementary/kindergarten teachers from four countries responded to the call (5 elementary schools and 7 kindergartens). Only a few of them are already GLOBE schools, but the observations were made by citizen science accounts on the GO App.

One kindergarten in that short period joined officially The GLOBE Program and also the international project “GLOBE Program Elementary K-4”. Two kindergarten teachers wrote the #SDC blog about cloud activities.

For many of them, it was the first encounter with the international “GLOBE Program”, “GLOBE Observer” app, the citizen science movement, and also with Scientix and the #SDC22. Teachers, over a very short period, managed to get through the wast sea of information contained in the “Terms and conditions” document of the “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition. All those great teachers together with children, and some parents joined a 5-day journey of a cloud hunting activity and managed to catch 65 artistic photos of clouds in different locations on planet Earth. 43 photos were taken during the activities with teachers. 22 photos were taken by children with their parents (some parents joined the GLOBE Observer measurements), and some of the photos even got the names: “Heart”, “Shark”, “Boot”, “Train”… 

About the data and measurements:

We were informed about 30 measurements submitted by GLOBE Observer App, 5 schools/kindergartens decided to join the “Look Up-Cloud Hunters” GLOBE Observer’s Team and as a team submitted 10 observations in the period from 25 April to 29 April 2022. The rest of them sent us a screenshot of the observation on the GO App.

Observed data were: 

Overal Sky Conditions observations-Total sky:

  • Cloud cover: No clouds, Few, Isolated, Scattered, Broken, Overcast
  • Color of the sky: blue, deep blue, light blue, pale blue
  • Sky clarity: Unusually clear, Clear
  • Opacity: opaque, translucent, transparent

Clouds and contrails: 

  • High-level clouds: Cirrocumulus, Cirrostratus; no contrails were spotted
  • Middle-level clouds: Altocumulus, Altostratus 
  • Low-level clouds: Stratus, Stratocumulus Cumulus
  • Rain cloud: Cumulonimbus

Surface conditions spotted: Standing water, Dry ground, Leaves on Trees, Muddy

An example of citizen science GO App observation screenshot

The aim of the competition was not only to introduce a wider audience to different science concepts represented by different organizations and projects but also to encourage people to go outside and open their eyes to the beauty of the world around them and widen their perception of the synergy and diversity of phenomena on the planet Earth. By doing competition activities all the teachers and children contributed to helping worldwide scientists and NASA for a better understanding of the Earth as a harmonious system. We hope it also helps to expand the mindset of students aged 5-11 years regarding the reflection on sustainable future and scientific methodology and to broaden civic competencies. So we can announce that all the participants of the “Look Up – Cloud Hunters”- Competition 2022 are winners and deserve the title “Cloud Hunters Specialists”!

 Check out beautiful photos recorded by 5-11 years old children on the Wakelet collection „2022 STEM Discovery Campaign-STEM for All; Look Up – Cloud Hunters Competition“: https://wke.lt/w/s/UgZ9de

https://wke.lt/w/s/UgZ9de

2022 STEM Discovery Campaign-STEM for All – “Look Up – Cloud Hunters” Competition- Wakelet collection

Do the GLOBE Observer, be a citizen scientist, play with STEM activities, appreciate nature and let it be STEM for All!

More Atmosphere K-4 resources:

Vesna Lampić, Amateur Scientists Association

My future sustainable city.

Project idea for sustainable city.

The demographic movement of the population is constantly increasing. That makes that
the concentration of the population in urban areas, to increase the challenges for city planners and designers in managing urban areas for a more sustainable city and a secure future.

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Technological development is one of the causes affecting human health, the emergence of various diseases that are directly related to the greenhouse factor, the environment. This project is second part of last year SDW activities, about the Sustainable Development Goals and Human life https://stemsdgactivities.wordpress.com/

Subjects:
Geography, Social Studies, Citizenship
Mathematics, Biology, Economy, technology,  ICT

Resources:

Objectives: Students will:

  • develop key competencies related to the importance of the global environmental problem and improve knowledge in their areas.
  • understand how cities should be more sustainable.
  • list the elements that makes an ecological city.
  • how these elements, such as renewable energy, food, affect our health and environment.
  • writing and drawing materials, ecological city plan.
  • present the theoretical information and create an ecological city carpet in a creative way.

Project-based learning: Healthy and sustainable eating requires changing our diet, improving food production and reducing waste. In the end students:

  • develop a research-based learning project.
  • have the opportunity to receive friends from other countries within the eTwinning project.
  • improve their foreign language skills by increasing their creativity, building and inspiring their problem-solving skills in an extremely fun way, career aspirations and gender equality.
  • explore the ecological and green city.

Lifelong learning: The result of learning

  • Understand the global framework of Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Encourage students to consider agriculture, rural industries, and food production worldwide.
  • To consider not only the environmental impacts of those industries but also the social impacts on equality, the economic process and human rights for those working within them.

Learning objectives:

  • Create a more sustainable city for the system, for human health, economy and sustainable world.
  • Intercultural communication.
  • Increase to children’s motivation to learn STEM.
  • Students will experience the application of knowledge on popular products.
  • Improving ITC skills.
  • More mathematical knowledge.
  • Use online applications through demonstration of results.
  • Form a good environment for the study of mathematics within other subjects, careers and professions.

The project is based on:

  • Collaboration with colleagues, teachers, specialists and international partners in the eTwinning project.
  • Increase children’s motivation and interest in the field of STEM through invention.
  • Promotion of teamwork.
  • Cooperation and mutual understanding from other entities and specialists.
  • Students’ curiosity to present their concepts.

21st Century Skills: Students will improve subsequent 21st century skills: Critical thinking, power, collaboration, communication

Literacy skills: Information literacy, media literacy, technological literacy

Life Skills: Initiative, Social Skills, Productivity

Assessment : Hold out presentations within the classroom (self-assessment; peer-assessment; assessment by the teacher).

 Formative evaluation additionally to summative evaluation (assessment by teacher)

Group work (group work skills are a very important a part of the project) Science exhibition/possible experiments/ artefacts from the PBL.

Tools and Resources: Computers, Padlet, PowerPoint, Tricider, Quizzes, MovieMaker, YouTube, Answergarden, Thinglink, Storyjumber.

Learning Space: School classroom, outdoors, online space. Climate and residential. https://live.etwinning.net/projects/project/202941

Activity: This year student will Investigate ,to understand globally how much change is needed to make the city more healthy for humans and sustainable for the planet.
They will create green city, more sustainable CITY FOR BETTER LIFE.
The steps in this project were divided into three phases, including: The main question addressed to the students, the new generation:

  • preparation phase
  • implementation phase
  • the final stage.

Each learning phase based on our project consists of five main sub-phases. These five sub-phases include:

  • organizing students to learn,
  • students’ orientation towards the problem,
  • conducting individual and group investigations,
  • development and presentation of work,
  • analyzing and evaluating the problem-solving process posed through the initial question

First phase: These were the questions that students had to answer during the project. How to help planet earth, our common home?

Second phase: Mother Earth as a result of temperature change, is sick, our life on earth is in danger to humans and other living things. https://youtu.be/ecXwO0TDEm4 . We need to assist her, but HOW? We need to show cities into friendly, green and ecological and need to build cities that are sustainable city. But WHY?

Students answer  this question in kind of brainstorming www.answergarden.com. They look this video https://youtu.be/fsWr0LfM_uQ that is useful to introduce to students that’s time to make the plan and take action. After they look video then I ask: What is a sustainable city?

  • THE CLASS ANSWER THIS QUESTION IN KIND OF BRAINSTORMING HTTP://WWW.ANSWERGARDEN.COM.
  • WHAT IS A FRIENDLY CITY?
  • WHY SHOULD ECOLOGICAL CITIES BE BUILT?
  • HOW DO WE BUILD.

They who have information respond at the class, while others discuss within the online forum at Tricider http://www.tricider.com/brainstorming/2k587sPHYG7. Divide the students into 3 groups and ask them some inquiries to stimulate their curiosity and creativity, identify the matter, research and find the answer.

  • Where should we focus to build an ecological city?
  • Why should we create a green city?
  • What has the ecological city ought to do with our health and covid-19.
  • How are you able to build a sustainable city?
  • What solutions can students provide?

Third phase. Our sustainable city should include plans to generate energy, provide residents with food, treat waste efficiently, transport people, and produce through the city, ensuring that nature is welcomed and supported in our city.

The class complete a puzzle game to create the idea of  ​​an ecological city model. Discuss in the online forum the meaning of biodiversity and sustainable city. http://www.tricider.com/brainstorming/2k587sPHYG7. Students are helped from specialists or teachers of other subjects, such as geography, economics, citizenship, biology to come to the aid of knowledge for some information, for this we created the Zoom Meeting with Stem teachers. After our students complete the Padlet regarding the work done.
ZOOM MEETING
https://padlet.com/erikonomi180/pjpvlpr9vae1ggqt, they express their arguments, their analyzes and conclusions. In this way digital competencies will be developed to students and given to them the opportunity to use computers, to process and present their findings.

The group 1, present their findings in PowerPoint to all other students in the class.

Presentation front the classroom about what it is a sustainable city and how it is related with our health.

Using Canva tool to create posters, leaflets to make handmade posters.

After group 1 finish prezanton, students play the games at: https://www.think-nature.eu/highlights/thinknature-presents-nbs-game/.

Fouth phase. City charter. Students that will build the city taking into account environmental factors, geographical location, spatial features and building physics. (The city of Patos, the area where the students live is an oil-bearing area).

The choice of building materials from biodegradable, natural or recyclable materials will be ensured. This will insulate and heat loss will be minimized, for example, wood materials.

Rooftop gardens is a functional and environmentally friendly garden which create new spaces for growing plants and food.

Thus from photosynthesis, the gardens remove the greenhouse gas from the air and release fresh oxygen…


Energy.
People want higher living standards and the latest appliances require energy consumption. We still use a lot of fossil fuels, like coal and gas but because natural resources will be able to meet the demands and desires of the population in the future, we need to use more renewable energy. Research will ensure energy efficiency and take satisfaction from energy sources.


These systems will be solved with heat recovery, such as wind turbines, solar collectors and passive air methods. Students doing the quiz about energy:

Sixth phase: Experiment: Many cities are harnessing alternative energy which could be a low costs technology. For that students will experiment by becoming creative and inventive by creating a solar oven.

In order to use as many devices that use solar energy, such as light and heat emitted by the sun, solar panels or artificial photosynthesis and solar ovens which students will include in ecological cities. Our students in the role of scientists will build a solar oven, which can cook food, using only solar energy.
How does a solar oven work?

The oven can be a pizza box covered with a plastic window. The plastic window functions like a greenhouse roof, allowing direct and reflected sunlight to resist inside the box. In this way we retained the radiant heat.

The bottom, inside the box is covered with aluminum foil, and black paper, to absorb inside the direct and reflected sunlight. These rays which heat it, then radiate heat and this energy stays mostly trapped inside the box and heats it. The plastic window retains heat inside, similar to the insulation of the air space that is between the inner box and also the outer box.

Students can test their oven by: measuring the inner temperature with an thermometer, or setting the time it takes to boil a particular amount of water during a cooking pot.
• What’s radiant energy?
• How hot’s may be a box type solar oven and how hot should an oven be to cook food?
• Can a solar cooker work on a cloudy day?
• Why use a black cooking pot?


Recycling
: We dump over 2 billion lots of waste once a year and many of these wastes do not rot and finding somewhere to put them all can be a daunting task.
We actually lose more energy by not recycling. For example: beverage cans are made of aluminum, 95% more energy is required to form a new aluminum compared to 1 made from recycling other cans. So recycling or recovery will focus on the principle of separation and collection within the respective countries, for paper, glass, metal, household waste, etc.

Plastic water bottles, straws, fresh packages and bags became an element of our daily lives. But plastic does not disappear when we use it. So most block the ocean and become a significant environmental problem as they are not biodegradable. Therefore, our goal is to ask students to become environmentalists, where they will be divided into groups, to put their creativity to work so that students can take measures to protect the environment.

There are three main ways to help:

  • Reduce our waste.
  • To think right, that when we buy, to choose a sustainable option when possible.
  • Reducing our waste often begins with the fact that we do not throw away food, reduce the use of plastic.

After deciding what to create with bottles and plastic,students start working.

Result: A group of young artists, create works of art or decorative products whose products are created with recycled materials and food packages. E.g using masks to create flowers. The students checked their knowledges doing this test Recycling Quiz .

Citizens should use the areas around their homes to make gardens, to plant seasonal vegetables, i.e. food forest. Organic farming is constantly growing, which is increasingly becoming a concern for our health and also the foods we consume. We need to think about a better way of life, a commitment to ourselves, our well-being and the planet.

Advantages of bio food

  • Helps reduce environmental pollution that is often associated with the use of antiparasitics and nitrates.
  • Lack of toxic substances. Fruits and vegetables have their original taste and have quite important nutrients.

With the recognition of the seriousness of the issue, concepts are thus introduced to protect the ecological balance. So green design, eco-design and sustainable design become functional, thus confirming sustainable ecosystem solutions and thus requiring the use of renewable energy sources, practitioners situation and analysis, academic knowledge and research, sustainable policies and eco-friendly design environment.

Groups summarize their knowledge by creating brochures, presentations, films, animations, quizzes.

Seventh phase: The second group. Green and ecological cities are considered those cities that have reduced the import of food products by promoting domestic production, use of renewable energy, increase of green spaces and so on reduce the rate of greenhouse emissions, sustainable urban drainage systems, insulation of buildings in cold climates or management and use of rainwater on site (thus reducing the amount of energy required).

Urban sprawl and densification is responsible for the degradation, fragmentation or destruction of waste in natural areas.

Therefore, our students in the role of architects, engineers, scientists and researchers will develop the ambitious Urban Green Plans of their ecological and green city.

Students draw up plans for their city and model it in 3D and project the livelihoods of the population in their city and use the necessary infrastructure and services based on the questions.

• What are the biggest issues facing the cities of the future and population growth?

After exploring examples of cities around the world and successfully planning the city, students thus identify the needs of the population and understand the challenges posed by urban population growth. Students work in groups to create plans and diagrams of their sustainable city, before creating a 3D model. So each team presents the carpet and presents a city statute, exploring how we can all live more sustainably.

Sustainable city.

This project is realized in the form of a competition, giving students creative opportunities and cross-curricular connections

Green park:

Cycle and pedestrian green route.

https://youtube.com/shorts/piYHNCz8NIU?feature=share

Wind turbine

Climate-smart Greenhouses

Green roof

Electric vehicles.


Transportation
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Hydropower
Moving to an area where such a lot of people live and work is hard so this must be carefully designed. Cars, buses, trains and trams, river boats, also as pedestrian walks and lanes for cyclists, you would like to form sure the facilities are in situ for everyone’s perfect balance.

Presentation in https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1441134806002827266

Eighth phase: The third group

Impact of ecological city on human health and connection with Covid-19.

The spread of the pandemic all over the world has caused since the time of quarantine and complete closure,

  • the level of carbon dioxide decreases as a result of car use,
  • to a lesser extent, factories were working at full capacity, also
  • coverage for illegal deforestation activities on the Amazon and poaching in Africa.
  • also during this pandemic period the amount of waste has increased plastic.

As a result of the use of masks, a considerable number of them were thrown into the natural environment, increasing the worldwide burden of plastic waste.

2. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for plastics for medical use has increased significantly in some countries. In addition to personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves an increase of considerable use of plastic has been for reduction needs and available, these changes may exacerbate issues environmental plastics which existed even before the pandemic.

Ninth phase: How will you empower your city?

We all need to eat, but in a world with more and more people, where does it all come from? Transporting food remotely is costly and pollutes the environment. We also consume a lot of food and a lot of food is thrown in the bin!

Leading questions

  • Where will you grow enough food for your residents?
  • How can you make sure you eat as much food as possible without loss?

Humans aren’t the sole living things on the earth and that we need plants and animals to be ready to survive.

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all in the least ages is important to sustainable city development. However, despite great strides in improving people’s health and well-being in recent years, inequalities in health care access still persist.

What can we do to help?

Students start by promoting and protecting their own health and the health of others by making well informed choices, healthy foods choices. They can raise awareness within the community about the importance of excellent health, healthy lifestyles also as people’s right to quality health care services.

Students make a quiz. How healthy are you?:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TW66RS6

The fight against garbage are going to be effective if initiated and implemented locally and regionally. This help to make our city more sustainable city.

WE can start by doing simple things, for instance, greening our home. There must be a future during which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

  • Teacher ask students if they believe that their daily choices can affect the lives of farmers, since we all have power as consumers and global citizens.
  • I ask students to think about what they can do to help achieve the Sustainable city, to improve the lives of those people who grow their food, their vegetables.

Why? If we don’t act to change our consumption and production patterns, we will cause irreversible damage to our economy and environment. This help sustainable city to grow up.

Final presantation

Project presantation in front of environmental specialists.

All students of our school voting for the best project. The winner is classe A .

ASSESSMENT.

Thought brainstorming, quiz, direct observation, final presentation. Assigning student assignments in a form of group discussion to solve problems related to the topic of the Ecological City. Create a quiz in Quizizz about Sustainable city

Discussions between students in groups, inviting students to draw conclusions based on their opinion.

Initial evaluation

Brainstorming: After introducing the topic, using Brainstorming that current knowledge of students can be assessed.

Formative assessment

Thought storm, discussion, students value each other, self-esteem. Great potential for focusing on art, using STEM to influence climate policy, can create a shift in climate awareness and participate in the engagement of our communities. Students can use photos, leaflets, videos, create posters.

Final evaluation

Final presentation: Presentation, in group discussion of the results obtained in the forum, display of group works in the form of a fair and voting by school students for the most beautiful model.

Evaluation criteria: Cooperation, communication, creativity, knowledge, critical thinking.

I have created different quizzes at Quizziz for evaluation.

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*For more information about Sustainable Development, I with my students have registered at event.

Virtual T³ (Teachers Teaching with Technology) Europe conference. T³ Europe is a network of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers that serves as umbrella body for country organizations to provide quality professional development, classroom-proven content and integrated state-of-the-art classroom pedagogy.

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