85th AMS Annual Meeting

Sunday, 9 January 2005
Earth2Class—expanding opportunities to link classroom teachers and research scientists
Michael J. Passow, White Plains Middle School, White Plains, NY and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Colubmia University, Palisades, NY; and G. J. Iturrino
Poster PDF (29.7 kB)
The “Earth2Class Workshops for Teachers” at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University continue to serve as a valuable resource for teacher content enhancement and a format for distribution of AMS Educational Programs resources. During the past year, E2C has received support from the National Science Foundation, allowing us to expand opportunities to link classroom teachers with research scientists. Our poster will provide information about the past, present, and future of this innovative project. Various aspects of the Earth2Class program have been described at previous Symposia on Education. In the past year with NSF support, we have been able to expand the program to include more attract additional teachers from New York City, Yonkers, and other districts in the region. We have also enhanced our web site, including more video materials from scientist presentations. We have offered greater opportunities for curriculum development, including lessons that build in online and printed AMS Educational Program materials. Many of the themes for the research scientists’ presentations match topics in the DataStreme Atmosphere, DataStreme Ocean, and Water in the Earth System programs. Selected examples include: “Studying Climate Change Using the LDEO Deep Sea Sample Repository” – Gerard Bond & Rusty Lotti "What Can Ocean Temperatures Tell Us about Climate in the Southern Hemisphere?"—Martin Visbeck “Uncovering the Secrets of Lake Vostok” – Michael Studinger “Learning from Tree Rings” – Nicole Davi: “Structure and Composition of the Oceanic Crust”— Gerardo Iturrino “Marsh Archives of the Hudson Estuary”—Dorothy Peteet “Exploring the Southern Oceans with Ships and Satellites” – Christopher Small . The monthly workshop format involves: 9:00 – 9:30 General announcements, technology set-up 9:30 – 10:15 Background Information 10:30 – 12:00 Guest Scientist(s) Presentation(s) 12:00 – 1:00 Working Lunch 1:00 – 3:30 Classroom/Educational Technology Applications Additional time for curriculum development is provided by an afternoon session made possible by the NSF support Examples of curriculum materials created by participants and project leaders will be included in the poster, as well as displays representative of the scientific content.

Supplementary URL: http://www.earth2class.org