Earth Observing Laboratory's Advanced Education Opportunities in Support of Inquiry-based Geoscience Instruction
Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm UMC Aspen Rooms
Poster Presentation Part of Teaching about Systems
Alison Rockwell, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Note: This presentation was originally scheduled for Thursday, but has been moved to Wednesday due to a scheduling conflict.
Exposure to high-quality and engaging inquiry-based learning experiences can be instrumental to a student's decision to pursue a degree in a STEM-related field. In response to the need for increased access to authentic and career-relevant experiences, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) offers a range of advanced educational activities that promote an interdisciplinary approach to geoscience instruction. The NSF Educational Deployment Program provides direct access to several of the NSF Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities including mobile radars or soundings systems for classroom instruction and hands-on learning experiences at home institutions across the United States. Students can remotely access and operate EOL's S-Pol Dual Polarization Doppler radar to collect data in real-time during significant weather events such as blizzards and thunderstorms. EOL's student internships provide valuable and unique experiences to prepare science and engineering students for successful careers through mentorship and exposure to real-world problems and activities. Instructors and students can take advantage of EOL's web-enabled activities to virtually connect to our Mission Coordinator displays, which allows students to directly interact with field campaign operations around the world.