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Climate Variability & Change

This project will support the creation of a network of teachers and learners of climate change that span from high school students to NASA funded climate scientists. The centerpiece of this program will be the creation of a new high school course on climate change offered through the UW in the High School Program whereby students will receive UW credit. The course will be taught by high school teachers, but inspired by NASA education and data resources. Adaptation and integration of a lecture style course currently taught on the University of Washington campus, existing hands on activities and lessons plans, as well as new educational materials will allow engagement and discussions not possible in the lecture setting. Additional curriculum modules will be created at the University of Washington by Graduate Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Climate Sciences under the guidance of the high school teachers, a graduate student in the School of Education and NASA funded researchers at UW. Each of these activities will allow high school students to be involved in authentic climate science while also serving the state learning standards. The existing UWHS administrative framework through UW Extension will be used to create the course. Existing relationships with high schools will be used to recruit high school teachers that will participate in a week long summer training session facilitated by the PI and co-PI with participation of graduate students from climate science and education. Existing NASA education resources as well as potential new learning modules will be evaluated as possible elements in the course. Dissemination of resources via the world wide web as a monthly continuing education program will build the teaching and learning community. Engagement of NASA scientists at UW will bridge the gap between high school teachers and active scientific research efforts. The objectives of this program are to engage and inspire high school students to pursue further studies in science and technology and for these students to become responsible stewards of the planet. The secondary goal is to create a model teaching/learning community connecting high school students, high school teachers, UW undergraduates, UW graduate students, and UW faculty. The final objective is to utilize existing NASA education and scientific resources in climate change in a comprehensive framework that will create a coherent teaching and learning environment for exchange of knowledge about climate change for all participants. The outcomes of this project will be 15 high school teachers trained in the fundamental concepts in climate change with the resources to give high school students authentic science experiences utilizing NASA data in the classroom. In addition, in the process of creating this course, a teaching and learning community composed of the above mentioned high school teachers, 300 high school students, at least 7 climate science graduate students, one education graduate student, and numerous NASA funded faculty and researchers at UW will be created. In addition, a comprehensive course on climate change suitable for college ready high school students will be broadly disseminated via the web and advertised by presentations by the PI and co-PI at international scientific meetings. Finally, this model interaction between high schools and UW will be evaluated to determine the best way to engage and inspire high school students to pursue STEM education and training and further studies in the science of climate change.


LuAnne Thompson Box 355351 School of Oceanography, University of Washington Seattle, WA, 98195

Phone: (206) 543-9965



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