DataStreme = STEM
We'll review the early days of DataStreme in North Carolina including a look back at weather-impact hooks for the K-12 community of learners; the NC DataStreme partnership with the NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and their live, interactive broadcasts to the far corners of North Carolina; and update the informal collaboration with the State Climate Office of North Carolina.
Some BI (before-the-internet) ideas and techniques from these partnerships remain valuable in today's STEM-focused environment. Each of the STEM topics has direct relevance to the atmospheric sciences. We may overlook the T and the E and perhaps take the M for granted, but a comprehensive perspective and teaching how we collect the data so critical to our S efforts may be the ultimate hooks for some students who simply are not interested in the atmosphere. These are the ones who can develop the technology for a nano-sat collector, engineer a next-generation rain sensor, or apply a ground-breaking numerical technique to a vexing microscale suite of challenges. Our Earth System is increasingly a built-upon environment, and our studies of the atmosphere present the K-12 classroom with intriguing challenges and great learning opportunities across the spectrum of STEM disciplines.