"Cal Alive! workshops have offered different perspectives than those offered by district-organized workshops where the pressure is primarily on improving student achievement as measured by standardized test scores. The new perspectives I intended to bring to my students include acquiring essential skills and concepts that equip them to make educated decisions about the environment, considering new ways of looking at the world they live in, and increasing the potential that they will pursue careers in the science field."
How Does Water Move Around the Globe
Did you know that more than half of the Earth is covered by saltwater? Or that currents on both the surface of the ocean and in its depths affect climates all around the world? Explore the forces that make all this possible with our Ocean Currents CD-ROM. Topics covered include surface currents, deep currents, the global conveyor belt, coriolis effect, and ocean gyres. Topics are beautifully animated and accompanied by both spoken dialogue and subtitles. Pause the animation at anytime or skip around and only cover certain sections to maximize your use out of this educational media software.
Riding the Wind
Episode One: Heat Things Up!
Join Margie and Alex as they delve into how extreme weather events like tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes are formed. In this episode, you will learn the various ways in which heat transfers between objects and how it moves through our atmosphere. Scientific topics covered include unequal heating, conduction, convection, radiation, volume, mass, and density. Detailed animations show how these processes work through a comic-book style. Multiple-choice reviews, dictionary, pause-feature, and an interactive game all help to reinforce your understanding of heat transfer.