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Visualization Projects

Visualization Projects includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior, tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Niño events, greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day period), daily weather in the U.S., and more.

Published by National Center for Atmospheric Research, National Science Foundation

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College, University
Curriculum Areas:Technology
Themes/Keywords: Chemistry

weather, precipitation, engineering, climate, ocean, simulations, temperature, ionization

Essential Question(s)
1. How can students benefit from watching simulations?
2. How can simulations be used in science projects and exploration?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Simulations are useful in project-based learning. Should it be used to help form inquiry? Will it give too much away while forming the leading question?

Extension and Activities
1. Identify a simulation that will help explain a topic being studied. Use it and assess how it increased student understanding.

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