This project began in 2011 as a NASA funded program to develop a syllabus, labs, and teacher professional development for a high school course on climate science. The full course is offered through the UW in the High School (UWHS) program but the labs developed for the course are being implemented in other high school classrooms.
The importance of broadening the reach of this project is illustrated in the NPR story of March 27, 2013 "A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms".
***Announcement: New teachers interested in the UWHS ATMS 211 course should contact either Miriam Bertram at the Program on Climate Change (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Stetter at UW in the High School (email@example.com) for information on upcoming trainings.
Among other qualifications, teachers will be required to have the equivalent of one college level course in climate science. This requirement can be fulfilled through the online American Museum of Natural History Climate Science course designed for teachers, or the University of Chicago Open Climate Science 101 online course taught by David Archer. Other online courses may be able to fulfill this requirement; contact us for review and approval at firstname.lastname@example.org.***
The syllabus and schedule of University of Washington's Atmospheric Science 211 (ATMOS 211) is being adapted for the high schools, including:
(i)development of mini modules that teach aspects of the course in more depth
(ii) expanding for use as a full year course (you could choose to teach it as a half year course, but we will be adapting it to be a full year course)
(iii)linking content and hands-on exercises to NASA data and teaching resources
"The Earth System" by Lee R. Kump, James F. Kasting, and Robert C. Crane, Prentice Hall, 2010. Pearson (Prentice Hall) Educator Website
From 2011-2012, provided teachers with in-depth exposure to topics in climate, new laboratory based tools for teaching climate science, and a community of teachers and scientists focused on climate education.
Gilda Wheeler (Environmental and Sustainability Program Director, OSPI);
Doug Hostetter (Principal, Kentwood High School), Robert Sotak (Curriculum and Instruction Director, Everett SD),
Bruce Kelly (Science Coordinator, Highline SD), Kieran O'Mahony (Research Scientist, UW LIFE Center), Andy Shouse (Director, UW Math-Science Institute),
John Haskin (Education Director, IslandWood), James Dorsey (Excecutive Director, MESA), Jeff Giesen (Director, North Cascade Institute), Mike Brown (Science Coordinator ESD 105) and
Mark Watrin (Science Coordinator ESD 112)
(under development as of 10/02/2012)
UWHS ATMS 211 will have its first run in the schools between 2011-2013 as it begins to be implemented in the following school districts:
More upcoming events:
Ongoing classroom visits by UW Climate Scientists and PCC Staff
For more information about the program or how to apply to be a UWHS Climate Science teacher, please contact Miriam Bertram at email@example.com.