We are partnering with students studying under Daniel Horton in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at Northwestern University to offer you creative and informative middle school content about the science of cloud types, atmospheric effects, stars (see below!) and storms. What is the science? And why does it matter? And how does it all relate to climate? If you can see it when you look up, that's what we want to talk about!
We will be posting more content here as it becomes available. So please stay tuned!
If you and your class would like to take part in Sky Day Project it's free and as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Let us know you would like to take part and we will send your group's two special hashtags for tweeting your photos. (Tweeting them is super easy)
2. Find somewhere you and your students can fully experience the sky. Not as easy as it use to be! This is part of the Sky Day Project challenge. And when you are there encourage discussion about how beautiful and precious this shared natural resource is. How it supports all life and protects us from the harshness of space. How it isn't something just way up there but something all around us. Within us and without us. How it hangs out with us in the classroom and out in the playground. How it is the air we breathe and the water we drink. And perhaps talk a bit about how our sky connects us all as one global family, living and breathing under one shared sky. And how it only stands to reason we should take great care of it for each other.
3. Then ask them to document our sky and its dynamic changes. They should make it their own! After all, no-one sees the sky the same. Just make sure their photos are all about the sky (because anything else will be weeded out by our filters and won't get in. Check out our video "Easy Guidelines for Taking Sky Day Project Photos"). And then tweet them to both the tags we send you and their wonderful photos will be exhibited on-line as part of the amazing Sky Day Project . We can't wait to see them!
Sky Day Project is interactive You can filter it by sky 'states':
Blue Skies - can offer amazing transitions of light! Can you catch them? Clouds - amazing possibilities! Transitions - Day to night. Night to day. Storms - Here's an art challenge. Can you convey the idea of a storm without showing its impact on objects (like trees, people, etc.) Night Time - not easy to do but can be spectacular! It can also be filtered by Country and by School/Group
Just tweet your sky photos to BOTH hashtags #SkyDayProject #LookUP. This is also important! BOTH hashtags are needed to get into Sky Day Project (New to twitter? Signing up is quick, free and tweeting your photos is really easy).
How do we see Sky Day Project ?
When can I tweet my sky pictures? Now! So what are you waiting for ?
How many can I tweet in? Tweet as many as you like!
Can my friends join in? Absolutely!
Artist Ben Whitehouse created Sky Day to bring people of all ages together to care about our sky, learn about how it functions and what it's vulnerabilities are and come together across cultures and borders in a new spirit of ecological citizenship. He is joined in this effort by NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott and Northwestern University climate scientist Daniel Horton. With the input of talented artists, scientists, parents, educators, writers, child development experts and social scientists we are building Sky Day as an interactive educational platform to offer teachers, parents and kids imaginative lesson plans, inspiring ideas, great articles, innovative projects, forums for discussion and exciting opportunities for international collaboration.
Follow us now on social media where you can hear news about our crowd sourced interactive learning platform and our Sky Team. We'll share articles too about cool studies, research on our changing climate, brilliant ideas, exciting events and awesome citizens. For pictures and inspiration please follow us on Instagram. For news and Sky Day Project updates check us out on Twitter and Facebook.