GA2 Conference Workshops

The following institutions offered workshops at the GA2 conference:

NASA – The NASA Innovations In Climate Change (NICE) program offered two workshops— a) one aimed at educators and students, highlighting NASA online resources for accessing data and visualizations related to climate change, and b)  a presentation of Space Grant and NASA opportunities for Tribal Colleges.

GLOBE—The GLOBE Program offered participants training in GLOBE protocols, in order to highlight to teachers and faculty the value of participation in the GLOBE program, and to offer students a taste of hands-on research. Scientists were encouraged to consider proposing future GLOBE projects.

EarthScope—The EarthScope Program offered a workshop to enable formal and informal educators, students, and the interested public to locate and use current geoscientific findings and data from EarthScope’s ongoing decade-long project: to study the crust and mantle beneath the entire United States in detail, and to better understand earthquakes, volcanoes, and the origins of continents and mountains. Participants learned how to use EarthScope resources to enhance place-based, locally situated teaching.

CUAHSI—The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. offered a workshop highlighting their Hydro Desktop, CUAHSI’s open-source hydrologic data tools. They showed how researchers, students, and educators can join CUAHSI, access and submit data, and create education programs with these systems.

LacCore—The National Lacustrine Core Facility (LacCore), University of Minnesota, conducted a hands-on workshop for students, faculty, and researchers highlighting the opportunities for gaining knowledge from lake sediment core samples. LacCore scientists will also give examples of ongoing research by students on the reservation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in northern Minnesota.

WEN—The Watershed Education Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering knowledge, appreciation, and awareness of watershed health through science and outreach. WEN collaborated with faculty from Salish Kootenai College to offer a field trip and hands-on science activities.

UCAR: The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research’s Education group led a discussion to learn the key issues that tribes in the US face, and explore the connection of these issues to atmospheric sciences. For example, one issue was the reliance on energy from off the reservation vs. local production of energy for use and export, especially via wind. They then articulated a research and education agenda that could address these issues, and broker partnerships between communities, NCAR researchers, and UCAR programs that might address these issues. Examples might include joint research projects with summer internships, co-developed curriculum, or citizen science campaigns.

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