Supporting Science Education and Outreach related to the mission of UCAR, NCAR, & UCP

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Friends of UCAR

A fund for SCIENCE EDUCATION programs

Since 1996, contributors to Friends of UCAR have helped to enhance interest in and understanding of the atmospheric and related sciences for thousands of students, teachers, families, and members of the public. Educational programs, web sites, exhibits, and events supported by Friends reach diverse audiences and span the fascinating breadth of UCAR, NCAR, and UCP research — from predicting weather to modeling climate and understanding the impacts of severe weather and global change on society and the environment. Descriptions of past projects and activities are show below.

New and renewed donations from UCAR employees and NCAR visitors will help Friends of UCAR to expand its impact on the learning and enjoyment of science. Please use this form to submit your suggestions.

Contributions to Friends of UCAR are tax exempt under UCAR’s non-profit IRS designation.

Thank you to all past and current Friends of UCAR donors for your generous support!

Past donations to Friends of UCAR have helped to develop the following
educational resources:

I.M. Pei: Creating an Architectural Masterpiece

An exhibit that opened in 2009
featuring the original I. M. Pei architectural model
of the Mesa Lab and richly illustrated exhibit panels
about Pei, the building, and its significance to the
history of architecture

I.M.Pei Exhibit image

Teacher’s Guide to NCAR exhibits

Lesson plans designed to extend learning about NCAR Mesa Lab exhibits to K-12 teachers and their students

Bilingual Science Teacher’s Annual Resources Symposium (BSTARS)

This annual event brings over 100 bilingual educators to NCAR to learn about science resources, network, and collaborate on worthwhile projects and programs.

Guide-by-Cell Audio Tour

Serving nearly 3,000 children and adults annually at the Mesa Lab through narratives in English and Spanish

Earth bulletins

Large screen video projections in the Climate Discovery Exhibit

Web Weather for Kids

Web-based, hands-on science activities, information, and animations about dramatic weather events for middle-school students

Weather Kiosk

An interactive exhibit presenting daily updates of weather and environmental data and images

Atmospheric Odyssey

The 40th anniversary exhibit at the Mesa Lab

The Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail

New interpretive signs as of 2010 on the trail behind NCAR explaining typical Front Range weather phenomena

Super Science Saturday

This is an annual fall event that celebrates Science with thousands of kids and parents

Super Science Saturday picture of digital sphere

Digital Sphere

A portable globe displaying climate models and satellite images for visitors of all ages at the NCAR Mesa Lab

UCAR logoUCAR is a non-profit consortium of over 100 university members and affiliates founded in 1960 to enhance the capabilities of the universities and to focus on scientific problems that are beyond the scale of a single university. UCAR carries out its mission through management of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and UCAR Community Programs (UCP).

If you would more information about Friends of UCAR, please contact the UCAR Center for Science Education ( 303.497.2595

Coordinators: John Ristvey, Emily Doremire