Teach PA History
Our Eye in the Sky: The TIROS Weather Satellite

1.Investigate the capabilities of present day weather satellites. 2.Interpret data collected from a satellite. 3.Have students present their R.A.F.T. assignment to the class. Depending on the R.A.F.T. format, students could discuss or perform their work.

Field Trips

Da Vinci Science Center 3145 Hamilton Blvd., Bypass Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103 484-664-1002
The mission of the Da Vinci Science Center is to encourage hands-on learning experiences of science, math, and technology. One of its many exhibits entitled "What On Earth?" includes a weather station and program conducted by a meteorologist.

Harsco Science Center, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts 222 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 717-221-8201
Curriculum offered for high school students includes "Anatomical Studies of Gadgets," a lesson which encourages analysis of simple technology and understanding of its mechanics. These skills were the basis for the creation of the more technologically-advanced weather satellite.

Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center 201 N. Findley Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 814-938-1000
Enjoy learning scientific facts and folklore of predicting the weather in this museum located in the town of the famous weather prognosticator, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 6th and Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20560 202-633-2563
The National Air and Space museum would be a wonderful field trip in conjunction with this lesson. It offers many relevant exhibits-including one on the space race and one entitled "Looking at Earth." Within the "Looking at Earth" exhibit students will find a TIROS satellite (TIROS II prototype), as well as later satellite models.

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