Family Cloud Challenge

Family Cloud Challenge

NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart


The Family Cloud Challenge is a list of activities and videos you can do, watch, and interact with as a family to see how many you can complete!


Use the NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart to keep track of activities and see who can shade the most clouds! The activities in the choice chart are divided into four main topics: Learn, Create, Engage, and Observe. Discover more about the activities within each topic below.


You can also discover the science of clouds alongside NASA scientists and GLOBE educators. Visit the Science of Clouds Videos and learn more about the role of clouds in weather, in Earth’s climate, the relationship between clouds and aerosols, learn more about what is citizen science and your observations matched to satellite data, and how your cloud observations are used in research.


NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart

Click on the image above to download a copy of the choice chart. Here are the activities for each topic:

Learn with videos about clouds:

  1. Discover what a citizen scientist is with NASA scientist Jessica Taylor.

  2. Explore how your observations are used in research with NASA scientist Dr. Brant Dodson.

  3. Learn how geostationary satellites are used to study clouds with NASA scientist Kristopher Bedka.

  4. Did you know that clouds and aerosols go together? Learn how with NASA scientist Dr. Kristina Pistone.

  5. Clouds change every day and play an important role in Earth’s climate. Learn how with NASA scientist Dr. Patrick Taylor.


Example images for Learn options


Create with clouds:

These videos feature activities related to the science of clouds video topics. If you're looking for even more activities, check out our full Clouds Resource Library.


  1. Test different materials as you learn about cloud opacity with the "SciGirls’ Cloud Clues" activity (versión en español, "Pistas en las Nubes").

    Join the mother and daughter duo of GLOBE educators Joselyn Hathaway and Wanda Hathaway as they do the SciGirls’ Cloud Clues activity.

  2. Create a "Cloud in a Jar" (versión en español, "La Nube en un Frasco")

    Join Lucy Ellisor (camp counselor for Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC) and her brother Deon as they do the Cloud in a Jar activity.

  3. Create a cloud collage and practice "Cloud Cover Estimation" (versión en español, practicar la estimación de la cobertura de nubes)

    Join Jessica and her two daughters as they try out the Cloud Cover Estimation activity.

  4. Construct an aerosol sampler with the "Up in the Air" activity (versión en español, "En el Aire")

    Join Angie Rizzi (science educator, NASA Langley Research Center) as she makes an aerosol sampler from the Up In The Air activity, part of the Elementary GLOBE storybooks series.

  5. Create a Cloudscape (versión en español, “Formas de Nubes”)


Engage with the cloud observer community:

As you complete activities or take observations, share your results with us through social media using #CloudChallenge or by tagging GLOBE.

  1. Tell a friend about your favorite type of cloud

  2. Print out coloring pages. Free coloring pages are available for each Elementary GLOBE story book.

  3. Share your favorite cloud photo with a friend or on social media

  4. Do the Cloud Dance

    Do you know that clouds get their names from their shape, how high they are in the sky, and if they produce precipitation? Follow along with NASA scientist Marilé Colón Robles and her two daughters as they do the cloud dance and other activities.

  5. Do you know that clouds have names?

    Read the Clouds Elementary GLOBE Storybook. Through the Clouds Elementary GLOBE Storybook (available as free PDF and eBook), “Do you know that clouds have names?,” you can discover different cloud types and learn tips for identifying each.

    Elementary GLOBE Storybook

  6. Follow GLOBE on social media:

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Observe clouds:

As you're taking cloud and sky observations, be sure to think safety first! Just like NASA scientists, we ask that you always be safe and follow your local regulations. If it is safe, you can participate by submitting clouds, dust, haze or smoke observations to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the Clouds tool on the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE welcomes citizen scientists, educators, students and STEM professionals. Create an account on the GLOBE Getting Started page or in the GLOBE Observer app.

  1. Download the GLOBE Observer app

  2. Take a Clouds observation

  3. Take an observation during a satellite flyover (read more about how the satellite comparison works, versión en español sobre la correspondencia con el satélite)

    Join NASA scientists Marilé Colón Robles, Tina Rogerson and NASA educator Heather Mortimer share why satellite matches to GLOBE cloud observations are important and how to read a satellite match table.

  4. Use sentence starters on the GLOBE Clouds Family Guide while you are doing an observation (comienzos de oraciones disponible en español) .

  5. Start a nature journal (for a simple place to start, try the "Cloud Fun" activity, versión en español "Diversión con Nubes")


    Join GLOBE educator Dr. Veshell Lewis as she does the Cloud Fun activity that is part of the Elementary GLOBE books series. You will need the free Elementary GLOBE storybook Do You Know That Clouds Have Names? and the GLOBE cloud chart.

    Example images for Observe options