Become a Program PartnerEarthConnections Program Partners bring a wealth of expertise, programming or resources that can assist you in creating your regional pathway. All are committed to the Earth Connections Alliance and the EarthConnections pathway model. As described below bring deep expertise in one or more pathway elements. They are excited to talk with you about their programming and how it might be incorporated in your pathway. Some collaborations will require funding.
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Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
SCEC coordinates research on earthquake science at more than 70 research institutions nationwide. SCEC leads California's Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), a public-private partnership that created the Great California ShakeOut. With support from FEMA, SCEC has expanded ShakeOut across the country and worldwide (43.5 million participants in 2015). SCEC/ECA coordinate the EPIcenter (Education and Public Information Center) Network of museums, parks, and other venues that host ShakeOut activities, develop educational materials, and share best practices. SCEC also provides educator professional development, installs Quake Catcher Network (QCN) sensors in schools and museums, develops curricular resources, and coordinates two undergraduate intern programs with more than 30 students each summer.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS)
This new program provides opportunities for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to sail on U.S. research vessels during transits. Students sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities.
On the Cutting Edge
NAGT, as part of our On The Cutting Edge program would provide services including delivery of our traveling workshops. NAGT will support the EarthConnections annual summit by colocating and integrating it with our annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. NAGT will use its communications infrastructure to inform its membership and the broader community about Earth Connections including its activities, opportunities and impact and encourage participation and advancement of the pathway concept.
Planet Texas 2050
Based at The University of Texas at Austin, Planet Texas 2050 is a research grand challenges program that brings together researchers from 14 colleges, schools, and units across campus to discover critical interactions between environmental and human systems and develop strategies to improve their resilience in the face of changing climate, climate extremes and rapid population growth. The team focuses on understanding the interconnectedness of four critical resource systems: energy, water, ecosystem services (e.g., land resources), and urbanization. Planet Texas 2050 could contribute to regional pathways by sharing expertise in these areas, as well as expertise in the integration of data/findings from these resource systems.
The University of Texas offers a Geoscience dual enrollment course through the OnRamps program. Using a hybrid delivery approach, students meet rigorous university-level college readiness standards and have the opportunity to earn UT Austin credit from a faculty member in the Jackson School of Geosciences and high school credit from their local teacher. OnRamps incorporates an organized data and action analytics approach to support students, teachers, and districts in their pursuit of educational excellence. The course uses reviewed, tested curriculum resources available from SERC, IRIS, and other trustworthy providers.
Thriving Earth Exchange
Our program connects community leaders and scientists and helps them work together to advance local priorities using Earth and space science. Projects range from helping neighborhood groups in Denver, CO measure and mitigate dangerous environmental chemicals to helping the sustainability manager in Chelsea, MA evaluate strategies to protect residents from extreme heat. A few key things about us: we begin by understanding the broad range of community priorities and looking for the places geoscience can advance those priorities; our definition of science is expansive, and includes science education, application, citizen science and science policy as well as research. For us, community means anything from a neighborhood to a region, or even a community of professionals tackling similar issues in many places. Community leaders can be decision-makers, policy-makers, and citizen-leaders, really anyone who is engaged in making their community (however defined) better.
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
The IRIS facility supports seismology research and education, and the Education and Public Outreach Program provides a variety of seismology-related resources and services for audiences ranging from grade 6-12 teachers, undergraduate students and faculty, graduate students, early career faculty, to the general public.
Quake Catcher Network
The Quake-Catcher Network is a distributed computing network that links volunteer hosted computers into a real-time motion sensing network. The volunteer computers monitor vibrational sensors, and digitally transmit data to QCN's servers whenever strong new motions are observed. QCN also provides tools for earthquake science education. A central mission of the Quake-Catcher Network is to provide scientific educational software and hardware so that K-12 teachers, students, and the general public can better understand and participate in the science of earthquakes and earthquake hazards.
As a facility we provide resources for conducting research and education using geodesy. The education program includes a wide variety of professional development, curriculum materials development, internship programs, and communications and marketing.
The GLOBE Program
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.