Friday, February 12, 2010

NOVA - Volcano Above the Clouds

Volcano Above the Clouds is a NOVA program that chronicles an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by a group of climbers and scientists. In addition to the video, Volcano Above the Clouds offers a large collection of materials and teaching guides for learning about volcanoes, glaciers, and climate change with Mount Kilimanjaro at the center of each lesson. As Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits of the world, NOVA provides a slideshow of the Seven Summits which puts Kilimanjaro into perspective relative to those other summits.

Applications for Education
Volcano Above the Clouds could be used to teach lessons on climate change, geology, and ecosystems. The teaching materials also include short lessons about the equipment and safety measures taken when climbing a mountain like Kilimanjaro. The lesson ideas provided by NOVA are appropriate for middle school and high school students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Exploring Climate Change in Google Earth
Exploring Alternative Energy Sources
View Glacier Melt in Google Earth