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NOAA OED - ELG FY2005 Awardees
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Environmental Literacy Grants Program

Grants for Spherical Display Systems for Earth Systems Science - Installations & Content: FY08

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Overview of Funding Announcement

The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) issued a request for applications from institutions with interest in developing exhibits featuring spherical display systems showing Earth system science, or developing science modules for these display systems. Awards were offered in two priorities, with priority 1 supporting installation of spherical displays systems into public exhibits and priority 2 supporting development and evaluation of Earth system science modules for the spherical display systems. The purpose of these awards was to support the incorporation of spherical display systems and compatible, educationally effective environmental data products into public exhibits.

Awards

The awards are summarized below. For more information regarding specific awards, please contact the Office of Education Grants Team.

Priority 1 - Installations

Project Title

PI/Institution

Amount Awarded

Summary

Global Connections: Science on a Sphere

Susan Pion, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

$100,000

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Science on a Sphere: Bringing the Oceans to You

Andrea Hitt, North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

$100,000

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Visitors and Visualizations: Creating Meaningful Experiences with Global Data

Nancee Hunter, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center

$99,768

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A NOAA Spherical Display System at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Miles Roberts, Smithsonian Institution (National Zoo)
$96,016
Science On a Sphere in the Forces of Nature Exhibition L. Stephen Bishop, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
$98,744
Installation of Science On a Sphere at Discovery Science Center of Orange County Kellee Preston/Discovery Science Center of Orange County
$99,943
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Priority 2 - Content Development

Project Title

PI/Institution

Amount Awarded

Summary

SOS Ocean-Atmosphere Literacy Partnership

Rosamond Kinzler, American Museum of Natural History

$300,000

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Crossroads: Education through Spherical Projection Systems Michael Shanahan, Bishop Museum
$299,571

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Linking Evidence to Explanation in Global Science Barbara Ando, University of California, Berkeley (Lawrence Hall of Science)
$299,759

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Title: Global Connections: Science on a Sphere
Institution: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
PI: Susan Pion
Amount Awarded: $100,000
Abstract: The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, OH will develop and implement a new, permanent exhibition featuring NOAA's Science on a Sphere. The exhibition will build environmental literacy among public visitors, school and the myriad of groups that the Museum reaches. A significant portion of the audience will be from underrepresented groups. A special display within the exhibition will focus on the Mississippi Watershed and how it is related to the health of the oceans. Three interactive stations where visitors can engage in hands-on activities related to NOAA datasets will also be part of the exhibition.

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Title: Science on a Sphere: Bringing the Oceans to You
Institution: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
PI: Andrea Hitt
Amount Awarded: $100,000
Abstract: The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island (NCARI) will install NOAAs Science on a Sphere(SOS) to enhance and expand their existing Storms exhibit. NCARI's location on the Outer Banks makes understanding ocean systems critically important. Installing SOS will increase environmental literacy by exposing NCARI's 300,000 annual visitors to NOAA datasets and information. Additionally, through educational programming students, teachers, and visitors will obtain current and accurate information to help them make better-informed decisions. Through workshops hosted at NCARI, NOAA will also be included in valuable professional development opportunities.

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Title: Visitors and Visualizations: Creating Meaningful Experiences with Global Data
Institution: Oregon State University
PI: Nancee Hunter
Amount Awarded: $99,768
Abstract: This project will establish a new spherical display system exhibit. The Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center (Newport, Oregon) will acquire and install a 3 ft. Magic Planet as part of a larger interactive data visualization exhibit. Pacific Northwest regional data sets will complement NOAA global data to serve as a model education program. Specific focus areas include coastal climates, hypoxia/dead zones, algal blooms, and/or aquatic invasive species. The Principle Investigator for this project have unique expertise in K-12 education, teacher professional development, curriculum development and evaluation, particularly in free-choice learning environments.

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Title: A NOAA Spherical Display System at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Institution: Smithsonian Institution (National Zoo)
PI: Miles Roberts
Amount Awarded: $96,016
Abstract: The Smithsonian National Zoological Park (SNZP) in Washington, DC will integrate the NOAA Science on a Sphere(SOS) spherical display system at SNZP's Amazonia Science Gallery (ASG). The SOS system at ASG will be seen in person by tens of thousands of visitors each year and potentially by millions more through electronic outreach programs. The SOS system will rapidly become a visitor destination in its own right and will immediately become an integral part of the exhibit and informal and formal science education programs.

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Title: Science On a Sphere in the Forces of Nature Exhibition
Institution: Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
PI: Steve Bishop
Amount Awarded: $98,744
Abstract: Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is developing a new permanent public exhibition gallery focusing on environmental and earth systems science to be called Forces of Nature. With NOAA support, Science On a Sphere will be the centerpiece for this new gallery. A collaboration is planned between Whitaker Center and the Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University in which existing datasets provided by Penn State researchers with NOAA data and meteorological models will be prepared for presentation on spherical display systems.

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Title: SOS Ocean-Atmosphere Literacy Partnership
Institution: American Museum of Natural History
PI: Rosamond Kinzler
Amount Awarded: $300,000
Abstract: The SOS Ocean-Atmosphere Literacy Partnership is a collaboration among the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, NY; Maryland Science Center (MSC) in Baltimore, MD; and Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in St. Paul, MN. This collaboration will create two six-minute programs and two 30-minute live presentations for the spherical display systems, including NOAA's Science on a Sphere. The SMM will produce "Ocean-Atmosphere Thermodynamics"; the AMNH will produce, "Tropical Cyclones: Theory, Models, and Observations."

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Title: Crossroads: Education through Spherical Projection Systems
Institution: Bishop Museum
PI: Michael Shanahan
Amount Awarded: $299,571
Abstract: Both Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii and Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii have installations of NOAA Science on a Sphere and experience with developing programs for spherical display systems. In collaboration with NOAA Pacific Services Center (PSC), these museums will produce and distribute four modules on earth system science topics for spherical display systems. These four modules will focus on climate change, the restless earth, weather and climate, and real-time planet earth. Hawaii State Department of Education will produce pre-visit and post-visit lessons for each of four school programs.

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Title: Linking Evidence to Explanation in Global Science
Institution: University of California, Berkeley (Lawrence Hall of Science)
PI: Barbara Ando
Amount Awarded: $299,759
Abstract: The University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), in partnership with the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI, propose to develop and evaluate curriculum-based content modules for spherical display systems. These modules will combine successful research-driven curriculum materials with the compelling nature of a spherical display to engage and inform museum visitors in the process of observing and interpreting patterns of global climate data.

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Title: Installation of Science On a Sphere at Discovery Science Center of Orange County
Institution: Discovery Science Center of Orange County
PI: Kellee Preston
Total Project Funding: $199,943
Abstract: Discovery Science Center of Orange County (DSC) proposes a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to install Science On a Sphere (SOS) spherical display system showing Earth system science in DSC's informal educational science center under Priority 1 of this funding opportunity. With the closest SOS display system located in Northern California, installation of this technology at DSC will provide access to NOAA's data by over 400,000 students, their families and educators from Southern California annually. As partners, DSC will ensure that NOAA data sets are incorporated into educational resources that align with California State Science Standards and will meet NOAA educational plan goals.