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In this program participants will learn about the atmosphere, aerosols, clouds and climate from a scientist who works at the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment using interactive hands-on science activities as well as science demonstrations. 


The program begins by asking participants to think critically about something we too often take for granted -- the air! Participants are asked to describe how we know there is air around us and what is in that air. This  leads into a discussion about aerosols: what they are and why they are important. We then go into demonstrations and hands on activities exploring the role of aerosols in surface albedo, cloud formation, incomplete combustion, and aerosol detectors. 

Specific activities include: 
1. Surface albedo demonstration using different colored fabrics to explore how heat is trapped or reflected
2. Creating a cloud in a bottle 
3. Demonstrating the production of soot aerosols from the incomplete combustion of a candle 
4. Creating your own particle collector to learn about aerosols in your environment

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Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



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NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment

La Jolla, CA
United States

The Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) focuses on improving our understanding of how aerosol particles impact the environment, air quality, and climate. Led by Prof. Kimberly Prather, UC San Diego Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, the Center’s goal is to understand critical details regarding the chemistry of aerosols. In addition to performing innovative chemistry research, CAICE is committed to sharing our knowledge and passion for science with the broader community and we have a robust outreach and citizen science programs. 

Contact:
Jeanette McConnell
jmcconnell@ucsd.edu
6615238720

Program Details

Format

1. Program begins by asking participants to think critically about the air.
2. Participants are asked to describe how we know there is air around us and what is in that air.
3. Then we discuss aerosols: what they are and why they are important.
4. We then go into demonstrations and hands on activities exploring the role of aerosols.

Specific activities include:
1. Surface albedo demonstration using different colored fabrics to explore how heat is trapped or reflected
2. Creating a cloud in a bottle
3. Demonstrating the production of soot aerosols from the incomplete combustion of a candle
4. Creating your own particle collector to learn about aerosols in your environment

This will be followed by time for participants to ask questions.

Objectives

- explore what air is made of
- develop an understand of what aerosols are
- learn how clouds are formed
- explore the role of aerosols on climate and pollution