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2003-56 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2003

“Windows to the Universe” Educational Web Site Now in Spanish


David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER—Spanish language speakers can now find information about earth and space sciences on Windows to the Universe, an educational Web site for students, teachers, and the general public. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) has launched a Spanish version of the highly visited Earth and Sun sections and is continuing to translate the remainder of the site.

Last year some four million users explored the site, which is part of UCAR’s Education and Outreach program. The National Science Foundation funded the translation.

“We’re very excited to be launching this version of the Web site, serving a large new audience around the country and the world,” says Roberta Johnson, director of the site’s development effort. “We’ve had many requests to translate the site into other languages.”

Windows to the Universe offers three levels of content geared to upper elementary through high school students. The site brings together interdisciplinary science with the arts and humanities to cover the solar system, individual planets, geology, space, weather, the history of astronomy, and more. A section on mythology presents material about the Earth and sky from 20 cultures around the world, and there is also a special section devoted to art, books, and films related to earth and space science.

Users can explore text, images, sound, animations, games, and datasets that relate to earth and space science. Teacher resource pages include classroom activities, networking tools, and educational links.

The site has won more than 70 awards, including “50 Best of the Web” from Popular Science and “Education Site Best Bet” from USA Today.

Johnson points out that the new translation will also help learners of Spanish and English. On pages that have been translated, users are able to switch between English and Spanish by clicking on the Sun icon in the upper right corner, she says. “In this way, the site will be a tool for learning both languages.”

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of 68 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.3 billion.


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Windows to the Universe

Spanish version

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