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NOAA OED - ELG FY2013 Ocean Education Awardees
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Ocean Education Partnership Grants: FY13

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Overview of Funding Announcement

In January 2013, NOAA's Office of Education (OEd) issued a request for applications for projects designed to build the capacity of informal educators (including interpreters and docents) and/or formal educators (pre- or in-service) to use NOAA data and data access tools to help K-12 students and/or the public understand and respond to global change. Successful projects enhance educators' ability to use the wealth of scientific data, data visualizations, data access technologies, information products, and other assets available through NOAA (plus additional sources, if desired) to engage K-12 students and/or other members of the public in a minimum of two U.S. states or territories.

Awards

Updated October 16, 2014

Nine institutions received awards under this federal funding opportunity totaling approximately 2.5 million dollars. The awards support three collaborative projects, which are summarized below. For more information regarding specific awards, please contact the Office of Education Grants Team.

Priority 1:

Project Title PI/Institution Total Project Funding* Summary
Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley $579,539 Click here
Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators Jude Apple, Western Washington University $291,963 Click here
Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity Mary Miller, Exploratorium $438,871 Click here
Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity Zeta Strickland, Pacific Science Center $88,478 Click here
Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity Andrew Rossiter, Waikiki Aquarium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa $142,718 Click here

*Excludes matching funds, but includes other support not provided through the award

Summary

Title: Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators
Institutions: Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley, Western Washington University
PIs: Catherine Halversen, Jude Apple
Summary: This three-year project proposed by the University of California Berkeley and Western Washington University leverages NOAA assets including the NOAA-funded Ocean Sciences Sequence for Grades 6–8: The Ocean–Atmosphere Connection and Climate Change, data from NOAA-supported ocean, estuarine and atmospheric observing networks, and NOAA-affiliated scientists. The goal is to design and implement a complementary suite of materials, courses and workshops for university teacher educators to use with middle school in-service and preservice teachers. The project builds capacity of formal science educators by providing (1) opportunities to become knowledgeable about global environmental change and real-time data; (2) exposure to different climate knowledge systems through place-based connections with the ocean through technological and/or indigenous observing systems; and (3) materials and expertise to apply their learning to teaching practice in a long-term, sustainable manner. Educational partners in the project include Louisiana State University, Florida State University, California State University East Bay, and middle school teachers from Tribal communities in Washington state.

Title: Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity
Institutions:The Exploratorium, Pacific Science Center, Waikiki Aquarium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa
PIs: Mary Miller, Zeta Strickland, Andrew Rossiter
Summary: Carbon Networks addresses the disconnect between scientific evidence and the public’s understanding of the impacts of ocean acidification and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The project will develop and implement professional development for informal and formal educators in the use of authentic ocean and atmospheric data to create meaningful place-based education narratives and activities about these impacts. It will bring together three diverse, informal education partners --the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Waikiki Aquarium in Hawaii, and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle--in a collaborative project to co-design educator professional development workshops and content and implement training programs in their respective institutions. By connecting local ocean and atmospheric data with that of regional, Pacific and global systems, Carbon Networks creates a new approach to understanding global environmental change by relating it to the local environments that are most relevant to people’s lives.

Priority 2:

Project Title PI/Institution Total Project Funding* Summary
Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators William Spitzer, New England Aquarium $518,066.00

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Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators Jim Wharton, Seattle Aquarium $121,751.00

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Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators Nancy Hotchkiss, National Aquarium in Baltimore $185,752.00

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Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators David Bader, Aquarium of the Pacific $174,431.00

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*Excludes matching funds, but includes other support not provided through the award

Summary

Title: Visualizing Change: Training and Tools to Support Informal Educators
Institutions: New England Aquarium, Seattle Aquarium, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Aquarium of the Pacific
PIs: William Spitzer, Jim Wharton, Nancy Hotchkiss, David Bader
Summary: Focusing on climate change and its impact on coastal zones and marine life, Visualizing Change will build educator capacity in the aquarium community and informal science education field. Building on NOAA datasets and visualizations, we will provide interpreters with strategic framing communication tools and training using the best available social and cognitive research so that they can become effective climate change educators. Objectives are to (1) Develop and test four exemplary interpretive "visual narratives" that integrate research-based strategic communication with NOAA data visualization resources; (2) Test the application of the visual narratives in a variety of geographic regions, institution types (aquarium, science center, etc.), and using multiple technology platforms (Science on a Sphere, Magic Planet portable globe display, iPad/tablets, and video walls); (3) Build a professional development program for climate change interpretation with data visualization; and (4) Leverage existing networks for dissemination and peer support.

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