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Transportation Scholarship Application
Field Trip Planning Guide
Chaperone Request Form (PDF)
Chaperone Responsibilities (PDF)
Nametag Template (MS Word)
Chaperone Group Card (PDF)
Parking Map (PDF)

Transportation scholarships available for 2010/2011!

school bus imageA limited number of field trip scholarships are available to upper elementary, middle school, and high school groups serving a high percentage of children who participate in the National School Lunch Program. Funds have been provided through the generosity of the National Center for Atmospheric Research's Diversity Council with internal sponsorship coming from NCAR's computing and education divisions, as well as its Office of Research Relations.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-served basis for field trips occurring within the 2010-2011 academic year or before June 1, 2011. Scholarships are designed to cover the field trip transportation costs. The field trip itself is free.

Please apply by downloading the Scholarship Application form and submitting it electronically, or by fax or mail. You should receive a response within approximately 1-2 weeks of our receipt of your application.

How to arrange a field trip to NCAR once your scholarship has been approved?

  • Download and read the Field Trip Planning Guide and Checklist
  • Complete all pre-scheduling "To Do" items on the Field Trip Checklist before calling or emailing to schedule
  • Have a minimum of three dates in mind for your field trip
  • Once your field trip has been scheduled, review the pre-event checklist provided in the Guide
  • Obtain additional information off of our Field Trip, Teachers, and Chaperone Web pages
  • We will provide you with the necessary procedures for submitting your transportation costs for reimbursement

What will students do during their field trip?

The relationship between research, supercomputing, and scientific modeling in weather and climate research will be explored as students are engaged in a 3D visualization experience that highlights an important component of NCAR's work: modeling the Earth system! Students will also participate in hands-on activities that enhance understanding of both the nature of science and Systems Thinking, and get a close-up look at NCAR's supercomputing facility -- home to some of the fastest supercomputers in the world!

Students in Vis Lab




At right, upper elementary students from Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette, Colorado learn about solar storms in the 3D Visualization Lab during a recent field trip to NCAR.
(Photo Credit: T. Eastburn)