Paper No. 141-9
Presentation Time: 10:20 AM

INTEGRATE: AN NSF STEP CENTER ADDRESSING CLIMATE LITERACY AND SUSTAINABLITY


MANDUCA, Cathryn A., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, cmanduca@carleton.edu, BRALOWER, Timothy J., Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, 503 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802, EGGER, Anne E., Dept. of Geological Sciences, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7418, IVERSON, Ellen, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, 1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057, MCCONNELL, David A., Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, MOGK, David W., Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, STEER, David, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-4101, and WIESE, Katryn, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, 94112
InTeGrate is an NSF-funded community project to improve geoscience literacy and build a workforce that can apply geoscience principles to address societal issues. Developing climate literacy is an integral part of the project. This year InTeGrate began development of new teaching modules and courses addressing climate change, natural hazards and risk, energy, modeling, and environmental justice issues associated with fresh water. These materials are designed for use in introductory geoscience and environmental science and studies courses, distance learning, and courses for education majors. They will be tested and evaluated for their ability to meet outcomes that contribute to geoscience literacy, including climate literacy. New opportunities for faculty to propose modules or courses for development are currently available: http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/participate/index.html.

Three workshops offered this year by InTeGrate and its partner, On the Cutting Edge, addressed geoscience and sustainability, including climate and energy literacy. Outcomes included a wide variety of examples of activities currently in use to develop climate literacy, as well as strategies for linking local observations with global issues, for teaching systems thinking, and for integrating geoscience in interdisciplinary courses and programs. To support widespread integration of geoscience and sustainability concepts, these workshops initiated online collections describing current teaching activities, courses, and programs. InTeGrate will continue to build these collections in collaboration with On the Cutting Edge and Building Strong Geoscience Departments, and through open contributions by individual faculty and programs. Full information about the workshops and their outcomes is available: http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/index.html Workshops in the coming year will address Geoscience and Engineering, Environmental Justice, Teaching Oceanography (part of On the Cutting Edge program) and Developing the 21st Century Geoscience Workforce.