Tuesday, 15 January 2002: 2:30 PM
Research Experiences in Meteorology—Integration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology
The National Science Foundation granted funding to the State University of New York College at Oswego to conduct a three year program, that commenced in the summer of 2000, entitled Research Experiences in Meteorology - Integration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology (REM-SMT). This project is intended to provide the opportunity for eight teams of earth science and mathematics high school teachers from upstate New York and two of their students to develop research skills that can then be integrated into their own curricula. The REM-SMT participants are instructed by three members of the meteorology and a member of the mathematics faculty to acquire the ability to engage in meteorology research projects, some of which are currently supported by the National Science Foundation. The project scheduling involves a commitment of four weeks (Monday-Friday) during the summer with periodic academic year sessions (two week equivalent) to ensure continued progress of research activities to completion. More specific goals of REM-SMT are to provide the teachers and their students with the ability to: 1) utilize software such as General Meteorological Package (GEMPAK) and GARP (GEMPAK Rendering and Analysis Program) to plot and analyze surface and upper-air data, and use precipitation reports, radar, and satellite imagery to verify model forecasts such as the Penn State/NCAR Mesoscale Model (MM5); 2) use climate information for statistical analyses; 3) run an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dispersion model; and 4) disseminate knowledge within the high school earth science and mathematics classrooms and engage other students in scientific research projects. The high schools are also recording and sharing meteorological data that can be used to verify MM5 results. Sample results from some of the participating schools will be presented.