Environmental concerns are becoming increasingly pressing and complex, requiring citizens to have much better understanding of Earth systems and processes, and the methods scientists use to unravel this complexity to develop an understanding of the underlying systems. Models are an important tool used by scientists to study and better understand complex systems. To increase teacher understanding of models and their utility in Earth System Science studies, NASA’s Earth System Enterprise is sponsoring the Modeling in the Geosciences Workshop (MGW) for middle and high school teachers that will explore Earth System Modeling concepts that are relevant for classroom use.
A workshop series will begin during the of summer 2004 with the Modeling in the Geosciences Workshop (held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado) with two additional mini-workshops offered during the following school year (2004-05). The workshops will introduce educators to modeling concepts, provide opportunities to learn about state-of-the-art Earth system models used by scientists, as well as provide instruction on models that can be used in the classroom to explore Earth system concepts relevant to curriculum needs of educators as expressed in the National Science Education Standards. Instruction on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be included in the workshops. Teachers will leave the workshop series with a selection of models that can be used to understand concepts in the geosciences at the middle and high school level.
Workshop Focus: This 12-day workshop (including one day off) will focus on the use of models to help students understand and explore Earth System Science. The workshop will include presentations by leaders in scientific research, extensive training in STELLA, GIS, and other computer-based activities, field trips, project work, and discussions about pedagogy, educational standards, and follow-up. Participants will receive STELLA™ software site licenses (a $900 value) for use in their schools.
Participant Support: NCAR will provide support for participants travel to and from Boulder (up to $500), lodging, and meals while at the workshop. Participants will receive up to $700 honorarium for full participation in the workshop. Participants will also receive an extensive set of educational resources. A non-refundable registration fee of $150 will be required upon acceptance to the workshop.
Credit: For participation in the summer workshop, 4 graduate-level re-licensure credits will be offered through the Colorado School of Mines at an anticipated cost of $150 to be paid by the participant.
Selection Criteria: Our goal is to select a diverse group of participants, balanced between middle and high school educators, with a commitment to sharing the information and resources that they receive through this workshop with colleagues in their home school districts. Participants will be selected based on the content and grade levels taught; geographic, gender, and ethnic diversity; professional experience; and demonstrated leadership in training other teachers. The signature of a supervising school administrator will be required upon acceptance to the program acknowledging that the participants workshop experience will be shared with teachers within and/or outside the school district in the ensuing year. Summer workshop participants will be expected to take part in follow-up mini workshops (tentatively scheduled for fall 2004 and spring 2005).
Application process: The deadline for receipt of applications is April 9, 2004. Up to 20 participants will be notified of acceptance by mid to late April. Cancellations will be filled from a list of alternates. The application form is online and can be completed here. Inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Sandra Henderson
UCAR Office of Education and Outreach
PO Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
NEW! Download the Education and Public Outreach Addendum
to the Earth System Modeling Framework: .DOC | .PDF