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Denver Mini Maker Faire

Mini Maker Faire
UCAR Center for Science Education Director John Ristvey at the Denver Mini Maker Faire

The UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd) joined creative makers from all over the Denver area on the weekend of June 13 and 14 for the Denver Mini Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. The event, hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, was open to the public and brought kids of all ages together to explore new ideas and to try their hand at different activities. In the SciEd activity area, visitors built a model of an instrument to test in a wind tunnel. SciEd staff, UCAR volunteers, and SOARS protégés helped facilitate the activities during the fun-filled weekend.

UCARConnect June 2015 Feature: PECAN

Doppler Truck
Doppler on Wheels. Photo Credit: Center for Severe Weather Research

This month’s UCARConnect feature provided access to a variety of resources on the science of nighttime convective storms, showcased COMET modules on convective weather, and explored how scientists research severe weather. UCARConnect produced a new video in which PECAN principal investigator and NCAR/EOL (Earth Observation Laboratory) scientist Tammy Weckworth describes the complicated logistics of organizing a large, collaborative field experiment, and explains how the PECAN experiment came to be. (Just how do you move over a hundred scientists and 50 students from over a dozen scientific institutions around safely at night, not to mention all of their ground instruments, weather balloons, and airplanes?)

In another featured video, Josh Wurman of the Center for Severe Weather Research invites viewers on a virtual tour of the Doppler on Wheels truck to find out about storm chasing from a scientist’s perspective. PECAN continues through July 15.

NOAA Climate Stewards: Boulder Workshop for Science Educators

Thanks to Teri Eastburn for coordinating the Boulder Climate Change Workshop,​which was sponsored by NOAA Climate Stewards and SciEd​. The aim of the workshop was to increase teachers’  ​and communicators' understanding of essential climate concepts and to give them ready access to relevant and current climate and energy information, as well as educational resources originating from Boulder. ​Thirty teachers from around the country participated – hearing NCAR​ and NOAA​ scientists describe their research, ​and ​learning about climate education and communication​ "up close and personal."​​ Participants also​ visit​ed​ the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center​, the U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory, and ​the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden. Thank you to all who made this a memorable​ and highly informative​ event.

Photo Credit: Brian Bevirt, NCAR-CISL Education and Outreach


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A major focus for UCP is making sure the science from NCAR and UCAR institutions is translated in novel ways to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

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