Preparing the next generation of atmospheric scientists is a cornerstone of our research approach. Explore some of our education and outreach partners below.
POWER – Bay Area is a mentoring program and workshop series for Bay Area community college womxn in the physical sciences. The program is organized by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the departments of Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Physics at UC Berkeley. The program is targeted at women (trans and cis), particularly those from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM, and is open to all trans + nonbinary people who think the program might be useful for them. Current community college students are paired with a mentor with whom they will meet 2-3 times during the semester. In addition, we host two workshops each semester.
A number of our lab members are coordinators and mentors in the POWER program.
More information and sign-up details can be found at powerbayarea.wordpress.com
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995. GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and to put this in a global perspective.
Our lab has partnered with GLOBE for almost 10 years. Our graduate students visit local classrooms to serve as subject matter experts, share their experiences with pursuing careers in STEM, and assist teachers with delivering cutting edge science curriculum.
You can learn more about the GLOBE program by visiting their website.
See a recent article about 2020 GLOBE programming here.
The Exploratorium Museum
Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. The mission of the Exploratorium is to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide. Our vision is a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them. We value lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, our community, iteration and evidence, integrity and authenticity, sustainability, and inclusion and respect.
Our lab collaborates with the Exploratorium on a number of projects that bring our science into the hands of millions of museum visitors every year. One of our most successful collaborations is the inclusion of BEACO2N data in the Fisher Bay Observatory, an interactive topographic map of the Bay Area.
This large-scale relief map of the Bay Area becomes a projection surface, where data about the region’s geology, weather, and other phenomena are animated across its topography. In our first set of visualizations (there will be more, created by partnerships with artists and scientists), you’ll see hourly changes in banks of fog, a 40-year history of earthquakes, or the shifting salinity of Bay waters responding to tides and rainfall. You’ll also see how human populations are distributed over the Bay Area by age or ethnicity. Comparing different sets of data, you may discover surprising connections between seemingly unrelated human and natural phenomena.
Learn more about the Exploratorium by visiting their website.
Bay Area Scientists Inspiring Students (BASIS)
Bay Area Scientists Inspiring Students (BASIS) is a CRS program that provides free, in-class science lessons led by diverse, enthusiastic scientists and engineers who volunteer their time to inspire students to envision themselves as scientists, to engage students in hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences, and to help teachers discover ways to make science interactive and fun! These presentations are available to public elementary teachers who are CRS members in the East Bay, primarily along the corridor from Pinole to Oakland.
Most of our graduate and undergraduate students participate in BASIS, visiting classrooms to deliver lessons about atmospheric chemistry, and answer student questions about pursuing careers in STEM.
Find out more about the BASIS program by visiting their website.