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Education and Outreach For The Regional Arctic System Model (RASM). Bill Robertson, Ph.D. ([email protected]) Associate Professor College of Education The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). An Alternative Proposal.

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University of Texas at El Paso, TX. USA

Education and Outreach For The Regional Arctic System Model (RASM)

Bill Robertson, Ph.D.

([email protected])

Associate Professor

College of Education

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)


University of Texas at El Paso, TX. USA

An Alternative Proposal

  • At modest cost (~3 to 4% of budget), we can support a professional science educator (with experience in polar science) to do the following:

    • Involve undergraduates and K-12 students and teachers in teaching, training, and learning

    • Broaden the participation of underrepresented groups (UTEP student body is >70% Hispanic; a majority are the first in their families to attend college)

    • Promote science literacy in the general public

    • Convey the excitement of our science

  • In this way we distinguish our proposal from the crowd.

  • If successful, we will (naturally) have a broader impact.


University of Texas at El Paso, TX. USA

Problem-Based Learning

  • Inquiry-based approach

  • A process curriculum

  • Acquiring critical knowledge

  • Developing proficiency in problem solving

  • Engaging in self-directed learning

  • Participating in collaborative teams


University of Texas at El Paso, TX. USA

Previous Education Efforts Integrating Polar Science Modeling

NSF-IPY: Development of a Community Ice Sheet Model with specific applications to abrupt change in the Amundsen Sea Embayment

  • Ice sheet models as a basis for educating “a new generation” of climate scientists

  • 2-3 Week PBL Unit - High School Materials for Students and Teachers that reflects real life situations.

  • Use of computer modeling software (EduISIS) to learn polar science at a more conceptual level

  • Development of a Community Ice Sheet Model

  • http://websrv.cs.umt.edu/isis/index.php/Outreach


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