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MCC North Express Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere

Metropolitan Community College occupies nearly 10,000 square-feet of space on the third floor of the Highlander Accelerator building. We are re-imaging and re-invigorating community education, business training programs, youth programs and learning in retirement to empower all constituents to learn in today’s increasingly digital world. In the fall of 2019, MCC debuted the permanent exhibit Science on a Sphere at MCC North Express. The installation of the Science on a Sphere exhibit is the first permanent exhibit of its kind in Nebraska and features breathtaking visualizations of earth and space.

In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MCC has developed a multitude of informative and engaging SOS programs that appeal to community and school audiences. The visually stunning display engages students by showing datasets, which seem like educational “movies” starring science textbook topics. Science on a Sphere comes preloaded with over 500 datasets ranging in length and in complexity across dozens of topics. MCC staff is able to customize programs to meet teacher and educational needs and we are in the process of developing and sharing new SOS courses on topics of global and local importance.

MCC North Express currently serves students ages three and up, and offers programming in many areas. A strength of MCC North Express lies in robust collaboration with community partners allowing the delivery of unique, innovative STEM programming. We pride ourselves on the flexibility of our physical space and the flexibility of our programming lineups. Science on a Sphere is the perfect educational classroom tool that allows for STEM programming expansion while maintaining our flexibility.

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2022 METEOROLOGY CAMP WITH SCIENCE ON A SPHERE

METEOROLOGY CAMP WITH SCIENCE ON A SPHERE

After studying the impact of wind on weather, students completed an engineering design challenge to build an anemometer. Students used notes on their iPad to track the data and calculate wind speed as well as record using the camera.


Student with completed engineering design challenge anemometer. Completed engineering design challenge anemometer.

Students attempted to model lightning safely as they learned and explored severe weather on the globe.


Students attempting to model lightning safely. Students attempting to model lightning safely.

WATER CYCLE AND WEATHER

Students discovered the water cycles connection to weather. Using some simple items groups worked to model how the sun energy caused water to evaporate followed by condensing again on the plastic wrap to eventually fall. Students were able to model creating a cloud and rain drops in their model.


Water cycle and weather model

GREEN SCREEN STORM CHASERS

Students became virtual storm chasers using Google images and green screen technology with iMovie on iPad devices.


Students became virtual storm chasers using Google images and green screen technology.
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