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GRANTEE:Office of Education participates in Upward Bound "STEM Careers Day" at Howard University

Published April 2014

Dr. DaNa Carlis conducts "weight of the world" experiment with students.

On Saturday March 29, 2014 the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) and Howard University's Upward Bound/TRIO hosted a "STEM Careers Day" event at Howard University in Washington, DC. NCAS is a Cooperative Science Center led by Howard University in collaboration with three other minority-serving institutions (MSIs): Jackson State University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Puerto Rico at Mayag├╝ez, and two majority institutions: University of Maryland College Park, and State University of New York at Albany. The Center has been funded by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) since September 2001 and has formed a cooperative partnership with the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS). The four minority institutions consist of the highest enrollments of African American and Hispanic students in the physical sciences, engineering, and atmospheric-related disciplines (including meteorology) at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Howard University Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program for high school students designed to develop the skills and motivation necessary for success at the collegiate level.

Dr. Jude Abanulo instructs students on circuits and robotics.

This professional development seminar was geared towards area high school students that are college-bound, and eager to learn about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The overall theme for the event was "STEM Careers Day". The audience was comprised of approximately 60 High School students, who currently participate in the Howard University Upward Bound/TRIO Program. The students are a part of the Math & Science program of Upward Bound.

Presenters included: Dr. DaNa Carlis from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Dr. Jude Abanulo from the HU CREST Nanoscale Analytical Sciences Research & Education Center, and Mr. Osaretin Obaseki from NOAA's Office of Education. The presenters engaged students in interactive activities related to the work/research performed in their respective fields.


Osaretin Obaseki discusses web technology at NOAA.
Dr. Carlis gave a demonstration on weather forecasting and the accuracy of forecasts from private and government weather enterprises such as The Weather Channel, Accuweather, Weather Underground, and the National Weather Service. Dr. Abanulo introduced students to the exciting world of radio communications and electronics, while working with Snap-On electronic circuit components such as diodes, transistors, operational amplifiers and timer circuits. Mr. Obaseki invited youth to explore the world of web design at NOAA, as well as how the Internet and social media are used to accomplish mission goals in technology and science education.

Kadidia Thiero, the Outreach Coordinator for NCAS, had this to say about the event, "NCAS endeavours to create opportunities with partners to encourage students to explore STEM careers. We had shining examples of the possibilities in web design, robotics, and weather forecasting. I think the event was very successful."

Presenters at Howard Upward Bound STEM Careers Day
From left to right: Dr. DaNa Carlis, Dr. Jude Abanulo, and Mr. Osaretin Obaseki

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