Program Partners

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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GeoCAT
The GeoCAT (Geoscience Career Ambassador Training) project is focused on introducing and familiarizing educators (teachers, advisors, 4-H volunteers) of Minority Serving Institutions/counties in Kansas with various career opportunities of Geosciences. The project is in partnership with the K-State Geology advisory Council.

National Girls Collaborative Project
The vision of the NGCP is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goals of NGCP are to maximize access to shared resources within projects, and with public and private sector organizations and institutions interested in expanding girls' participation in STEM.

NCAR/UCAR
NCAR/UCAR is interested in being a program partner and would represent the atmospheric sciences in this effort. NCAR E&O can lend its expertise in faculty support, graduate student and postdoc support and general diversity work. Rising Voices program facilitates cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. SOARS' expertise is in student pathways and mentoring, as well as support of early-career faculty from diverse backgrounds through the Sparks for Change program.

North Carolina Geological Survey
Our program has statewide-wide connections to formal K12 teachers, OEST award-winning teachers, non-formal educators (including a large state-wide Environmental Educators group),and industry groups all interested in geoscience education from varying perspectives. Our program also performs typical Survey activities such as bedrock and Coastal Plain geologic mapping, response to hazards such as earthquakes and landslides, and research into natural resources.

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.

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.

American Meteorological Society Education Program
Through our national STEM mentoring networks, professional development opportunities, and faculty connections, the AMS Education Program strengthens teacher confidence in weather, ocean and climate science and in turn enhances earth science experiences for students including those at high minority population schools and/or minority-serving institutions.

Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program
The Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program is an NSF and NOAA program at CSU Monterey Bay that could help facilitate educational opportunities from K-12 to the college level in areas around Ocean and Polar Science. We have a particular emphasis on working with members of underrepresented communities.