Engaging Minority University STEM Education Professors in the Science of Climate Change
Elizabeth City State University has joined with the University of New Hampshire under the NASA Earth Systems, Technology, and Energy Education for MUREP (NASA ESTEEM).

NASA ESTEEM, formerly NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE), is a competitive project that promotes climate and Earth system science literacy and seeks to increase the access of underrepresented minority groups to science careers and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, ESTEEM has funded 75 education projects across the country that leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate science, including Earth observation data and Earth system models, to reach teachers and students. Through these efforts, the portfolio of ESTEEM projects advances our understanding of how to effectively teach global climate change concepts, increase public climate literacy, and contribute to the development of a diverse future workforce in climate-related sciences.

The NASA ESTEEM project, managed at Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, includes a portfolio of 75 climate education initiatives that span across the nation and contribute to the development of a climate-literate public and a climate-related STEM workforce. More information on the projects can be found in the “Project Portfolio” section of the ESTEEM website. Our portfolio of projects is extremely diverse; however all projects share a common element – they all make use of NASA Earth observation data and/or Earth system models in their education work. From elementary students in Alaska to college freshman in Florida; from a citizen science project in Chicago to the tribal colleges of North Dakota, the ESTEEM project is developing a community of practice among climate science educators. This community of educators, working together, expects to significantly contribute to increasing the climate literacy of the United States public.