Led by Carnegie Museum of Natural History, NASA Data in My Field Trip brings together Pittsburgh’s informal science educators: the museum, Carnegie Science Center, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, National Aviary, and Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aq
uarium. Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh Public Schools students visit the various partner institutions and use actual NASA climate data to participate in a science-based game created by the project partners.
During field trips, participants explore specific biomes through exhibition experiences. Each experience expands on the content of PPS curriculum, through the use of NASA global satellite data and evidence and information about climate change. The experiences support student understanding to answer these driving questions:
- What are biomes?
- What is the difference between weather and climate?
- Do biomes and climate change?
- How do scientists study change?
- What can humans do about this?
Climate change science is becoming a more frequent and integral part of the middle school curriculum. This project, NASA Data in My Field Trip, proposes to leverage a new regional network of Informal Science Institutions (ISIs) committed to climate change literacy, the Global Climate Change Consortium (GC3) to support formal education and to foster climate change literacy by creating opportunities for inquirybased exploration of NASA data and products in class and as part of already established field trip experiences to ISIs. The ISIs of GC3 include a broad range of science-based institutions including Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH), Carnegie Science Center (CSC), Phipps Conservatory, the National Aviary, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (PZA). The partner school districts include two urban districts, Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) and Wilkinsburg School District.