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Centers and Large Facilities - Education and Outreach

Project Name: UCAR Education and Outreach

Location: 1850 Table Mesa, Boulder, Colorado 80307

Contact information: Roberta Johnson, rmjohnsn@ucar.edu; (303) 497-2591

Website:  www2.ucar.edu/education-professional-training

Main Project description/purpose

The UCAR Office of Education and Outreach serves UCAR, NCAR, UOP, and the broader UCAR community of scientists from member and affiliate institutions through the development and implementation of education and outreach programs that integrate research and education in support of formal education, enhanced public science literacy, and increased engagement and participation in the geosciences from groups historically underrepresented in science. 

Programs led through the UCAR Office of Education and Outreach include professional development for K-12 educators through workshops and distance-learning opportunities, website development supporting all learners, bilingual science education (English and Spanish), curriculum activities development and training, exhibit development, and public events.  We accomplish these programs through extensive collaboration between our staff of scientists and educators, and educational technologists with scientists, educators, and other specialists both within our own institution as well as with external partners.   Our flagship educational website, Windows to the Universe (http://www.windows.ucar.edu), supports learners around the world in English and Spanish, bringing the Earth and space sciences and related arts and humanities content to over 22 million visitors annually.  In addition to these programs, UCAR is also the home to several major education programs, including the program centers for the National STEM Digital Library (NSDL) and the GLOBE. 

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

Our Mission - In partnership with the university community, UCAR creates, catalyzes, and supports world-class science education programs, resources, and communities.
Goal 1 – Inspire the public and advance science literacy in the science of the Sun-Earth system
Goal 2 – Develop resources and programs that enhance scientific understanding and support education at all levels.
Goal 3 – Broaden participation in geoscience by including diverse and historically underrepresented populations in our science education programs.

Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

The general public, students (K-12, undergraduate, graduate), post-graduate, teachers, university faculty, community groups