This series of visualizations show the annual Arctic sea ice minimum from 1979 to 2010. The decrease in Arctic sea ice over time is shown in an animation and a graph plotted simultaneously, but can be parsed so that the change in sea ice area can be shown without the graph.
With the National Science Foundation’s support, climate scientists, learning scientists, and educators are working together to embed climate change science into formal and informal education in Delaware and Maryland. As both states work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), MADE CLEAR is working at the cutting edge of curriculum alignment, professional content knowledge, assessment development, and implementation strategies. We anticipate that the Academy will be of particular interest to 8th grade science teachers in Delaware. From Maryland, we ask LEA science supervisors to identify a target grade level and form Academy teams that can bring climate change planning back to their LEA. From both states, we encourage the inclusion of informal educators on teacher teams.
While at the five-day Summer Program, your team will design and refine climate change curriculum and assessments under the framework of NGSS. The Summer Program and school year follow-up sessions will give you the opportunity to:
enhance your understanding of a range of climate science topics
appreciate how climate science involves science/engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts such as systems and energy, and literacy in science and technical subjects
collaborate in the design of assessments structured to support NGSS
develop a climate curriculum framework to be tested and further developed throughout the school year and a professional development plan to scale up the teaching of climate science across your LEA
gain access to a community of experts in climate science disciplines, in local impacts of climate change, and in learning sciences
The goal is to bring the science to you in a way that is meaningful, place-based, and employs best practices in climate science education. While you investigate the science of climate change through focused activities, we will provide opportunities for your team to build an implementation plan that will work for you.
Friday & Saturday, May 13th and 14th, 2016. 8:30AM - 5:00PM ET
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop in Detroit, Michigan will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.
Registration for the Detroit, Michigan workshop is open, however there are attendance limits for the workshop, and we are advertising them nationally. Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in the workshops is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details.
What is weather? What is climate? - Richard Pollman, NOAA’s National Weather Service
Weather and climate are commonly used interchangeably, adding to confusion about climate change. Richard will clarify and provide insight on what a changing climate in Michigan will look like.
Sea Ice and Penguin Populations - Matt Porter, Detroit Zoo Penguin Keeper
Matt will share his experience of three months spent working with the Polar Oceans Research Group at Palmer Station in Antarctica, gathering data on penguin populations and changing sea ice conditions.
Climate Literacy - Climate Solutions - June Teisan, NOAA
Want to teach climate literacy but don’t know where to start? A spectrum of lesson plans, videos, data sets, webinars and more are available through NOAA to inform and inspire students to engineer solutions to climate concerns.
Science on a Sphere - NOAA’s animated, 6’ spherical display
Bring Science on a Sphere to your classroom or learning center through SOS Explorer
Tour the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest center in the nation dedicated to penguins
The Carbon Cycle Game and other hands-on activities ready for classroom use
Using dendrology (tree rings) to learn about the past and predict the future of climate change
Notes on Food & Lodging:
This workshop has a capacity for 25 participants.
There is no cost to attend this workshop.
Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements.
The opportunities and pathways for careers in natural resources and sustainability areas are diverse and the conversation between employers and higher education is only just beginning. This workshop will focus on articulating the breadth of opportunities and identifying the knowledge and skills that are pathways to different types of employment.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with a lead NCA author, then learn about related educator resources with Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects.
Focus this month will be on the Southwest region. Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.
The third National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, released May 6, 2014, is the most comprehensive look at climate change impacts in the United States to date. Based on years of work by hundreds of diverse experts, the NCA (http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/) confirms that climate change is affecting us – and the natural resources we rely on – right now. Join authors of NCA chapters on Ecosystems, Forests, and Adaptation together with representatives from the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the NCA Indicator System to discuss key findings and implications for managers.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Federation have developed a series of web conferences to increase communication and transfer of technical information between conservation professionals regarding the increasing challenges from climate change. This program is being facilitated by the USFWS's National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Applied Landscape Conservation Team.
A partnership between the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Monday, June 13 through Thursday, June 16, 2016. 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM MT (with some evening events)
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene four climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit research facilities to explore foundational technologies and innovations in Earth-system research. This workshop in Salt Lake City, Utah will focus on the region and topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change.
Registration for the Salt Lake City, Utah workshop is open, however there are attendance limits for the workshop, and we are advertising them nationally. Availability will be on a first come first serve basis, so register early for your workshop. Participation in the workshops is free, but attendees are responsible for arranging their own transportation, lodging and meals unless otherwise indicated in workshop details.
Mike Golden, Research Biologist, Dixie National Forest, US Forest Service
Hands-on Activities from:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Westminster College-Great Salt Lake Institute, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, HawkWatch International, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum of Utah, Clark Planetarium, Thanksgiving Point, US Forest Service, National Phenology Project, The Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network, Utah Water Watch, Utah State University Extension
Utah State University’s Climate Center, The Great Salt Lake, Wasatch Mountains, Clark Planetarium, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Red Butte Garden, Natural History Museum, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Optional Field Trip (Friday, June 17- to Peter Sinks)
Notes - Workshop Costs, Food & Lodging:
This workshop has a capacity for 50 participants.
There is no cost to attend this workshop.
Participants must make their own travel and overnight arrangements.
A nearby lodging option Hampton Inn Suites Salt Lake City/University Foothill Drive 1345 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108, USA (801- 583-3500) A block of rooms has been set aside. Ask for the Utah’s Hogle Zoo rate/room block. (http://goo.gl/vZuuh9)
A free van service to/from Hampton Inn to Hogle Zoo will be provided
Lunch, snacks and at least one dinner will be provided.
Transportation to/from workshop related events will be provided.
Consider joining MADE-CLEAR on a five-day professional development experience on climate change and its solutions led by experts in climate science and educational researchers. You will explore the science of climate change through activities, inquiry, and small group work on curriculum. The Academy will be held at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center.
The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation announces a professional development opportunity for interpreters who focus on climate change and ocean issues.
About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)
NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio's Center for Science and Industry. With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI's goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public in ways that are engaging and stimulate productive dialog.
What is a Study Circle?
A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection. Participants continue to build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences throughout the Study Circle, and gain resources and materials to train staff, volunteers, and other audiences at their home institutions.
The Study Circle has two major phases. During the first six months participants engage in a formal, facilitated learning process. Upon graduating participants join the larger network of colleagues and continue to experiment, evaluate and share successes from their work with each other. Through the Study Circle, participants will learn about the latest findings in climate science and oceanography and how to apply these to interpretive contexts in their home institutions. In addition participants build trust and lasting bonds among colleagues from multiple institutions who share an interest in developing effective ways to engage audiences in learning about climate and ocean change.
Who is the Study Circle for?
The Study Circle is intended for pairs of staff members from informal learning centers such as zoos, aquariums, science centers, National Parks, natural preserves, and other institutions that have an interest in coastal or ocean issues.
Costs and Compensation:
NNOCCI will pay for direct costs1 for participation in Study Circle activities that are not also part of participants' routine work. This includes travel, lodging and food for in-person meetings. NNOCCI will also provide a $3,000 stipend2 to up to 10 institutions which support two staff members to participate in the Study Circle.
Applicants should have institutional support before they apply. The institution should meet the following criteria:
Have an ocean or coastal ecology connection within their work.
Have regular interpretation programming led by staff and/or volunteers.
Have interest in addressing issues related to climate change.
Be willing to support two staff members to fully participate in both the learning and evaluation phases of the Study Circle. Each applicant must fill out their own separate application.
Be willing to support NNOCCI’s evaluation efforts, which will entail an onsite visitor survey that the two staff members or volunteers will collect after presentations or other education programming. This survey effort will take place twice: 1) in the months immediately before the Study Circle meetings, and 2) six months after the training is complete.
Criteria for individual participants:
Able to commit to 3 in-person meetings (see dates, below) and about 3 hours/week of Study Circle work from approximately August 2015 through December 2015.
Able to commit to coordinating one-page visitor impact surveys at your institution several months prior to the first Study Circle and in the six months following the last Study Circle meeting.
Have regular opportunities to apply information and learning from the Study Circle through professional responsibilities such as interpretation for visitors, written communications, educational programming or presenting training for colleagues or volunteer interpreters.
Have supervisor support for full participation in the Study Circle.
Have a colleague who meets all of the criteria above as a co-applicant.
In Person Meeting Dates:*
Study Circle 'A'
September 16 and 17, 2015 (Boston, MA)
October 28 and 29, 2015 (Woods Hole, MA)
December 2 and 3, 2015 (location to be announced)
Study Circle 'B'
September 23 and 24, 2015 (Boston, MA)
November 4 and 5, 2015 (Woods Hole, MA)
December 9 and 10, 2015 (location to be announced)
*Please note that we are offering two distinct study circle options for Fall 2015. You and your partner must commit to the same study circle dates. If these dates do not fit for you and your institution, please note that additional Study Circles are being planned for and Spring and Fall 2016.
How to apply:
Both applicants from an institution should submit a separate application. Click here to fill out the online application. Application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2015.
Join us for this month's webinar on Wednesday, February 25th at 6pm EST (3pm PST, 1pm HST)
Ocean Acidification: A Virtual Lab and Tangible Solutions for High School Students
Presented by: Jason Hodin, Research Associate at Hopkins Marine Station and Staff Scientist and Media Designer for the Inquiry to Student Environmental Action (I2SEA) Team
The VirtualUrchin and Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I) teams at Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) have developed "Our Acidifying Ocean", an interactive tutorial and virtual lab examining the impact of ocean acidification (OA) on the planktonic larva of the sea urchin. After coming to appreciate the problems and challenges posed by OA, students are then encouraged to participate in the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC), where secondary/high school students worldwide calculate their location-calibrated individual footprints, and share what they learned and envision solutions on the project's micro-blogging platform. Our Acidifying Ocean and an expanded ISCFC will form part of the core of a newly funded project by the same team just getting underway called I2SEA: Inquiry to Student Environmental Action. I2SEA staff scientist and media designer Dr. Jason Hodin will lead an overview and walkthrough of these freely-available activities as well as the plans for the new project, with specific discussion of how to involve your students.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Following the presentation there will be a few short informational announcements relevant to the ocean acidification communication community. Please forward this invitation to interested colleagues. We look forward to seeing you at this event!
More info on the series and upcoming webinars can be found here