Initial Publication Date: March 30, 2015

Supporting Broader Educational Impacts Webinar

Wednesday, April 8, 2015: 2 p.m. (PT) // 3 p.m. (MT) // 4 p.m. (CT) // 5 p.m. (ET)

Leader: Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Speaker and Scribe: Dave Mogk, Montana State University
Speaker: Michael Wysession, Washington University, St. Louis

Beginning from recent national education reports and planning documents from IRIS, UNAVCO and Earthscope, this webinar will focus on key facility capabilities that will strengthen educational impact.

Participants in this webinar will synthesize the guidance from recent education reports that bears on the ability of the SAGE/GAGE facilities to strengthen broader educational impacts. We will discuss key ideas from reports such as Engage to Excel (Acrobat (PDF) 5.3MB Feb8 17) (PCAST report), the Next Generation Science Standards, STEM Learning is Everywhere, and Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation as well as reports and guiding documents from Earthscope, IRIS and UNAVCO relating to their education and outreach activities. What do we learn from recent education reports that should shape our thinking about the facilities? Are there other emerging ideas that should be guiding our thinking about the ability of the facilities to support broader impacts? Michael Wysession and Dave Mogk will provide opening overviews and perspectives followed by group discussion and synthesis.

Agenda and Reporting

4:00 Central - Opening Remarks

4:05-4:10 Dave Mogk, Montana State University - What is the problem?: challenges facing science and geoscience education; Mogk Slide Set (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Apr8 15)

4:10-4:20 Michael Wysession, Washington University - What is the role of the facilities?
Wysession slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.5MB Apr8 15)

4:20-4:50 Discussion - Dave Mogk, leader; Cathy Manduca, scribe

  • The role of the future facilities in serving the educational needs of the SAGE/GAGE community
  • The role of the future facilities in building a diverse cadre of geoscientists studying the Earth in the future
  • The role of the future facilities in building broad public understanding of the Earth and the role of geoscience in society

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  • tremendous amount of work being done
  • challenge is engaging the whole community in contributing
  • we have a vested interest

Overall notes:

  • work with forest service making data available through music on radio stations ; opportunities for working with blind students
  • we have excellent educatonal work underway - how do we increase attention that is given to it by NSF, congress, and public.
  • significant opportunities - what needs to be done to make this happen in concrete ways
    • I like what Michael showed as a way to summarize how existing work comes together to address opportunities. Maybe we want to suggest an analysis of the current activities across the facilities of this form, analyze/discuss top rows to make sure they are complete and use this as a tool for identifying gaps and opportunitie
  • importance and significance of informal activities and associated social media
  • challenges in scale up and sustaining
  • I'm thinking about pedagogic opportunities that lie in between the intense internships and the unversity classroom - specifically geophysics field opportunities aimed at students at PUIs and others with limited access to field gear. I would like to see a suite of geophysical instruments, from active seismics to resistivity to GPR that could be combined with Lidar, along with training and instruction available for teachers at small institutions to conduct local research/teaching.

4:50-5:00 Finalizing our report - Cathy Manduca and Dave Mogk

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