Windows to the Universe: A growing educational resource with new climate and space weather content, Spanish-language pages, and ways to collaborate
The Windows to the Universe Internet project is managed by the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Recently, we have had the opportunity to expand our efforts by developing new web site content, new middle and high school classroomscience activities, and new workshops for educators on two atmospheric science topics: climate and space weather. Our growing content about climate and global change fosters connections between various aspects of the Earth system. The incipient space weather section will pull existing space weather pages together with new content to cover the subject comprehensively.
As we have been expanding our content, we have also been translating the entire Windows to the Universe web site into Spanish. Over the past two years, most of the site has been translated. Users now have the ability to flip easily between English and Spanish versions of each page with the click of their mouse button. This resource has received an enthusiastic response from the Spanish language community within the United States and educators from South American countries.
Recently, potential collaborations with scientists have driven us to develop ways for scientists from outside our staff to easily contributeto the web site. We have developed a web-based system to allow scientist developers to contribute page content to Windows to the Universe about their branch of science.