Monday, 23 January 2012
Hurricanes: Science and Society, a New Online Education Resource
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Hurricanes: Science and Society (www.hurricanescience.org) is an educational website developed as part of an NSF grant and launched in October of 2010 . The website contains information tailored for specific audiences including middle school through undergraduate educators and students, the general public, and the media. This multi-disciplinary tool has been developed with the guidance and input from a panel of leading U.S. hurricane researchers and the participation of U.S. formal and informal science educators. This educational resource is expected to become a classroom tool for those both teaching and learning hurricane science. In addition to the website, a 16-page publication for policymakers and other stakeholders has been produced along with an accompanying CD-ROM to assist formal and informal science educators in maximizing the use of this new resource. Hurricanes: Science and Society can play a substantial role in the effort to educate both students and adults about the science and impacts of hurricanes and the importance of pre-hurricane planning and mitigation. The response to the website and pattern of usage in the first year of operation will be discussed. The feedback from formal and informal educators to the website and workshops about the website will further illustrate how educators use the resources. Examples of how the website is being used in the classroom will also be shown.