|Project Name:||Project-Based Education to Develop Climate Change Literacy within New York State|
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Investigators from Clarkson University, Potsdam NY, are teaming up with researchers from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Albany NY, on an exciting new project funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project builds on existing strong programs in energy literacy at both institutions. Clarkson University has developed award-winning energy curricula for middle and high school students and is currently assessing the efficacy of project-based pedagogical approaches to increase energy literacy. NYSERDA has an effective model for disseminating energy education programs to K-12 teachers from across the state.
This new project will involve the creation and dissemination of new climate change curricular modules that are based on NASA data and models. The activities are all based on the use of project-based learning experiences to integrate across STEM disciplines and engage a broader range of diverse learners. The project extends across all three NASA goals related to improved teaching and learning about global climate change, use of NASA data and models, and improving the preparation of undergraduate students for careers relevant to global climate change. Our three-tiered approach, described below, will impact audiences ranging from middle and high school students to college students to STEM teachers.
Our assessment plan includes metrics for the numbers and types of students and teachers impacted as well as measurement of the change in STEM attitudes and climate literacy. During the initial stages of the project we will develop and pilot test a Climate Literacy Assessment Survey, which will provide a quantitative measure of students’ climate literacy based on the guidelines established in the "Essential Principles of Climate Science Literacy," described fully in the "Climate Literacy Handbook" (McCaffrey, 2009; http://www.eoearth.org/article/Climate_Literacy_Handbook)) and summarized in the booklet "Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences" (US Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program; March 2009; http://www.climatescience.gov).
The undergraduate class and components of the teacher workshops will continue beyond the three years of the proposed project. Our project will include evaluation and dissemination of these modules across the state through teacher training, project evaluation, and distribution to teachers around the country and the world through the World-wide Web.
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