Somehow, even though I no longer am in school, or have kids of my own who are, I'm still pretty distracted from the net around back to school time. Maybe it's my nieces and their back to school time?
Anyhow, many things going on, though you couldn't tell from the blog here. And some even have school connections. One part is, I've been talking to a middle school science teacher, J, about ideas, J's and mine, for grades 6-8. Of course I mentioned my water surface temperature project. Also some more specific ones.
I've also been thinking of blogging some experiments that people and classes could do about the earth and eventually climate. Start with determining the size of the earth following Eratosthenes method, earth's rotation rate (which is not 24 hours per day), and the sun's motion (which also isn't 24 hours per day). What ideas do you have?
Thursday and Friday, I'll be at ScienceOnline Climate, in Washington DC. It's also on twitter #ScioClimate and I've been more on twitter myself lately (@rgrumbine). A post relating to that is Liz Neely's What the Science Tells us about Trust in Science. (Problems there with comment section, so my brilliant comment vanished in to the ether.) Via twitter, @dougmcneal started collecting observations on why people might distrust a climate scientist. I've added in a few I've encountered first hand. I'll suggest you add yours -- that you feel yourself, or that someone has said directly to you.