Explore Earth: What is Making My Neighborhood SO HOT?
Wednesday 09/08/2021
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with GLOBE Mission EARTH Project is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Come join us in a conversation about the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) with GLOBE’s UHIE scientist, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski (Dr. C) from the University of Toledo. Learn about the phenomenon of the “urban heat island effect” where there is an increase in surface temperature due to a neighborhood’s surroundings such as buildings and paved surfaces. Dr. C leads the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign to study the Urban Heat Islands around the world.

Dr. C will explain urban heat islands and why students should study them. Students taking surface temperatures in their neighborhoods engages them to examine those surfaces and develop solutions on how to reduce their heat islands.  Students collect and submit surface temperature data at any time, but the campaign focuses on data collection in October, December, and March. A brief review of the GLOBE protocols will be given. He will showcase heat islands in various locations on Earth using GLOBE and NASA satellite data.

Resources from GLOBE and NASA will be featured. A great way to implement the urban heat island effect for students is to use My NASA Data Urban Heat Island Story Map which engages the learner through storytelling about the heat island phenomenon.

Do you and your students want to join the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign? Sign up for eTraining through a course in Google classroom where you will receive support throughout the school year. For more information, contact Janet Struble, janet.struble2@utoledo.edu.

Graph of the late afternoon temperature, showing heat maximum downtown and temperatures lower toward the rural regions: Downtown has a higher temperature than commercial and urban residential. The lower temperature areas are rural farmland.   Source of image: http://globe-net.com/wp-content/uploads/Urban-Heat-Island-Effect.

Kevin Czajkowski / kevin.czajkowski@utoledo.edu

GLOBE Mission EARTH, a NASA funded grant award No. NNX16AC54A, is charged with embedding GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) and NASA assets such as MY NASA DATA into STEM curricula for K-16 schools.

Janet Struble is the Project Manager of NASA grant entitled Mission Earth working with Dr. Kevin Czajkowski at The University of Toledo (UT) for the past 6 years. GLOBE Mission EARTH (GME) is a collaborative effort among multiple institutions across the United States formed to improve STEM education in disadvantaged student populations by encouraging participation in the GLOBE Program, a worldwide environmental monitoring network, and the use of NASA assets. Janet has worked with the following science education projects: LEADERS (Leadership for Educators: Academy for Driving Economic Revitalization in Science), UT3 (UToledo.UTeach.UTouch the Future), TAPESTRIES (Toledo Area Partnership in Education: Support Teachers as Resources to Improve Elementary Science) and SATELLITES (Students and Teachers Evaluating Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space) at UT for the past 15 years. During her short time in retirement, she worked for the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West providing a simulation experience for students on the Space Station and NASA engineering challenges to students attending summer camp. Earlier in her career, she was a junior high/ high school teacher in science or math for 20 years. Her students were active learners doing classroom inquiry-based investigations and participated in sponsored events/research including NASA engineering challenges.

Dr. Kevin Czajkowski is a professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo with a focus on remote sensing, weather and climate. He is also the principal investigator for the GLOBE Mission EARTH Project, a collaborative of multiple institutions across the United States formed to increase involvement in the GLOBE Program and use of NASA assets. Dr. Czajkowski is lead of the University of Toledo GLOBE Partnership, a GLOBE scientist and lead of the GLOBE Urban Heat Island Student Research Campaign.

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest included the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent rigorous and relevant standards that produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”