Workshop “Earth System Science for Educators” at North Carolina A&T State University

Workshop “Earth System Science for Educators” at North Carolina A&T State University The participants of the 2009 teachers workshop at North Carolina. Workshop instructors included John Taber (E&O Program Manager, IRIS Consortium), Lev Horodyskyi (Pennsylvania State University), Angela Reusch (Pennsylvania State University), Michael Hubenthal (Education Specialist, IRIS).
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Over the past five years, AfricaArray (AA) program has established a multifaceted geosciences education and research program in Africa with a US component to enhance diversity in the geosciences. The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has played a pivotal role in AA by providing refurbished data loggers for the seismic network, by archiving and distributing seismic data, and by supporting a summer workshop for high school science teachers at NCAT.
</p><p>A workshop “Earth System Science for Educators” has been run for 5 years with assistance from the IRIS Education and Outreach Program. The workshop was run fully by IRIS in the first year, and since 2007, with the establishment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center (ISETCSC) Center at North Carolina A&T State University the workshop has expanded the content to include atmospheric sciences with instructors from NOAA. The goals of ISETCSC are consistent with the goals of Africa Array: to increase the number of educated, trained, and graduated students from underrepresented communities. The workshop has become so successful that in the summer of 2008 there were 150 applications for the 25 available slots. The participants are eligible to receive up to 4 continuing education units (CEU) credits. With additional support from NSF the number of participants was increased to 50 in 2009. The workshop was filled to capacity with 50 teachers with a lot more on the waiting list.
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Earth science has become a required course in North Carolina School systems, and most teachers lacked the necessary training and background to be effective teachers. The AA workshops have been instrumental in increasing the skills and knowledge of a number of teachers in North Carolina, and teachers were able to develop curriculum material and teaching aid for their classes as a result of their participation in the workshops.
</p><p>Acknowledgements: The workshops were made possible by support from NSF-PIRE program and NOAA Cooperative Agreement No: NA06OAR4810187</p>

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