FACULTY, GRADUATE STUDENTS AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS WORKING TOGETHER FOR OCEAN AND CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION: WHAT’S DATA GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Ocean and climate change are disciplines replete with data that link real world experience and environmental concerns with quantitative reasoning. This real world connection engages diverse learners by situating science in a personally relevant context. Here we illustrate a program that began in 2010 to bring high school teachers and the UW climate science communities together, with funding from NASA Innovations in Climate Education. We describe the development of a 1-year high school ocean/science curriculum and accompanying lessons on climate variability, ocean acidification and ENSO. These lessons focus on the use of data and the incorporation of local observations that connect to global phenomenon. Direct interactions between researchers and teachers promote mutual trust and allow gaps in content knowledge to be identified and addressed. We introduce our model for sustained funding that provides the framework for faculty and their research groups to develop cutting-edge, data-rich activities in collaboration with teachers. Two research programs currently funded by NSF incorporate this framework as part of their “Broader Impacts” and are developing engineering-focused activities, an emphasis of the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards.
Bertram, M. A., University of Washington, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thompson, L., University of Washington, USA, email@example.com
Palevsky, H., University of Washington, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Flowers, N., Everett High School, USA, NFlowers@everettsd.org
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall
Presentation is given by student: No