UW receives NASA grant to bring climate science course to Washington state high schools

(May 3 2010 Press Release by Alison Koop, Public Relations for UW Professional and Continuing Education)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the University of Washington (UW) a $448,000 grant for development, implementation and evaluation of a climate science course to be offered to high schools throughout the state.The course incorporates cutting edge NASA-sponsored research done at UW and is the latest offering by which the university seeks to inspire high school students and prepare them for college study in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

The climate science course will be available to high schools participating in the UW in the High School (UWHS) program. UWHS is designed to help strengthen upper-division high school offerings and give students a head start on college. Students complete these UW courses – and earn UW credit – in their own classrooms with their own teachers (who work with a UW academic liaison). Offerings include English composition, history, languages, mathematics and sciences. In 2009, more than 2,500 students in 60 schools throughout Washington state were enrolled in a UWHS course. UWHS is administered by UW Educational Outreach, the UW’s primary professional and continuing education unit.

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