A highlight of the camp is a daylong field trip into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, where students ascend Whiteface Mountain (1483 m). During this trip they collect weather measurements (temperature, pressure, wind, radiation) at different elevations on the mountain, tour the UAlbany Atmospheric Science Research Center’s Whiteface Mountain Observatory and a New York State Mesonet station, and launch a weather balloon. On the day after the field trip, campers get a taste of real scientific research by designing and conducting their own research projects, using data from Whiteface Mountain, under the mentorship of UAlbany graduate students. The UAWCcamp culminates with campers presenting their research results. This presentation will summarize the strategies, successes, and challenges associated with this experiential learning activity.
Supplementary URL: http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/jminder/UAWCcamp/