Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (ANGLE)

Through a grant from the EarthScope Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), ANGLE offers educator professional development workshops and helps teach student academies for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). EarthScope ANGLE contributes to increasing Alaskan resilience to geohazards through education and the development of an action-oriented statewide learning community. The Educator Workshops bring together teachers, park & museum interpreters, and emergency management and health & safety educators. ANSEP academies bring in middle school students and their teachers from across Alaska, including rural coastal areas. Participants at both types of workshops learn the basic science of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, EarthScope, and other research efforts to monitor the Earth in Alaska, as well as practical steps to increase resilience to geohazards. Thousands of Alaskan residents live in places that can experience earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. In addition, millions of tourists every year are exposed to these hazards when they visit. Collectively ANGLE will help engage our communities on the mitigation of geologic hazards and work to build an action-oriented geohazards learning community across the state.

COVID19 NOTICE - May 21, 2021 - Alaska is currently experiencing a significant substitute teacher shortage as a downstream effect of the pandemic. All the major school systems in Alaska have put a hold on teacher absences for things such as professional development, at least into fall 2021. A large number of the ANGLE participants are teachers and none of them would be able to participate. Therefore the planned October 1-4, 2021 workshop will also need to be cancelled. School district plans are currently unclear. We are hoping the workshop will be feasible in April 2022 but it may be that the entire 2021-22 academic year will be affected and we need to push to October 2022. As before all the people who were accepted to the original workshop are still accepted.

COVID19 NOTICE - January 13, 2021 - We regret to inform you that the ANGLE Educator Workshop has been further postponed until October 1-4, 2021. We have contemplated attempting a virtual version of the workshop but have concluded it would not be able to accomplish the project goals. We are optimistic that vaccinations will be sufficiently widespread by late summer 2021 that this latest scheduling will finally be viable. The planned follow-up Share-a-thon, has been rescheduled for March 26, 2022. As before all the people who were accepted to the original workshop are still accepted.

COVID19 NOTICE - September 4, 2020 - We have further postponed this workshop from 2020 to 2021 (anticipating April 2021). All of the people who were accepted to the original workshop are still accepted. New Share-a-thon date will also be determined soon.

COVID19 NOTICE - March 20, 2020 - We have postponed this workshop from April 17-20 to October 2-5, 2020. All of the people who were accepted to the workshop are still accepted. The follow-up Share-a-thon which had been scheduled for February 6, 2021 has been rescheduled for March 27, 2021.

ANGLE is 2020 recipient of the Western States Seismic Policy Council's National Award for Excellence in Outreach. The award is only given once every 4 years. Award Announcement (Acrobat (PDF) 875kB Mar3 20)

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