92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Monday, 23 January 2012
DataStreme Earth's Climate System in New Mexico
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
H. Turtle Haste, James Monroe Middle School, Albuquerque, NM; and D. Novak, M. Parsons, S. Smith, D. Archie, J. Crosby, D. Kann, C. Jones, and K. Jones

We offered the AMS DataStreme Earth's Climate System (ECS) course to New Mexico teachers in the spring of 2011 with the assistance of the Albuquerque office of the National Weather Service. Each participating teacher was paired directly with a NWS staff member who served as a content mentor for the teachers. Participants submitted their assignments directly to the NWS mentors. Additionally, two of the course Local Implementation Team (LIT) members were educators who also reviewed participant weekly assignments and served as classroom resources to assist in making connections with resources for the classroom. A Google group was created and maintained for participants to share ideas and address group questions. This list will keep alumni as members and include new members from future classes. Meetings were held at the NWS office and used Webex for web-based conferencing due to the distance that participants would travel. At each session, NWS mentors shared a climate related topic and discussed resources.

Participating teachers have planned various school and community based outreach activities to conduct this school year. One participant is planning to host an after school climate seminar for the school community, another is working more climate studies into the school curriculum document and a third has planned and hosting a Copenhagen/Bali UN climate simulation. Participants are also planning to offer a 2-hour session at the state science teacher meeting in November 2011.

A long-term initiative of DataStreme ECS offerings is collaboration with other climate organizations. Through NOAA's Climate Stewards Program, LIT leader will be collaborating to include the use of the Copenhagen/Bali UN climate simulation as part of a NOAA Climate Stewardship plan. A local version will be created and submitted to NSTA for publication and offered at state affiliates meetings as a culmination teaching tool. This will allow students and the greater community to experience the difficult process of coming to consensus and understanding of both climate and economics. One participant tis also working with a researcher from the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group Byrd Polar Research Center on "Third Pole" cores and trace elements to investigate ice cores from the Tibetan plateau and develop classroom activities to incorporate the study of industrialization's affect as demonstrated in the deposition in the cores. Partnerships for this project include: Byrd Polar Research Center, Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group, NOAA Climate Stewards Project, National Weather Service, ANDRILL, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs and various local schools.

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