|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.
|NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) (Original Project)
NICE involves organizations around the United States in using NASA's unique contributions to climate and Earth system science to improve the quality of the Nation's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. NICE is a continuation of NASA's Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) project that began in 2008. Since 2011, NICE focuses on collaborations with community colleges and minority institutions to increase the number of underrepresented or underserved students to prepared to:
- Teach climate content within STEM subjects
- Gain employment in climate-related fields
- Enter graduate school in technical fields relevant to global climate change
- Advance the understanding of how to effectively teach global climate concepts.
- Increase the level of climate literacy and engagement of the United States public
- Create a diverse, highly skilled, and motivated future workforce in climate-related sciences.