NWSC education and outreach

The Wyoming-NCAR partnership's NWSC education and outreach strategic goals are derived from an understanding of the national and regional challenges of STEM education and are designed to leverage the unique strengths of the founding NWSC partners. NWSC's high-level strategic EOT goals are to:

  • Integrate university research with K-16 education

  • Build cyberinfrastructure and computational science capacity in Wyoming, regional EPSCoR states, and Front Range institutions

  • Train the next generation of computational scientists

  • Complement and enhance programs at community colleges to prepare students for careers in related technical fields

  • Broaden participation, by enhancing the capabilities of community colleges to train students in technical fields that better prepare them for careers in HPC-related technical fields

  • Broaden diversity by engaging minority-serving institutions, particularly regional Tribal Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

  • Build strong foundations and foster innovation to improve K-12 computational thinking, mathematics, and computational geosciences

  • Engage and inform the public about NWSC science through informal education

In FY2012 CISL's Outreach Services Group collaborated with the University of Wyoming and UCAR's SPARK (Education and Outreach) to materially advance each of these goals. Specifically, CISL's Outreach Group supported K-12 STEM enrichment by participating in the Wyoming State Science Fair for the second year in a row, collaborated with SPARK to help Wyoming's GEAR UP program deliver atmospheric science-related summer STEM education training to Wyoming middle school students, made valuable connections with Wyoming Community College Educators at the Wyoming Math Articulation Meeting in Rock Springs Wyoming, entrained the next generation of computational scientists into CISL research by conducting the sixth annual SIParCS internship program, hired a Diversity Coordinator who has already engaged several Minority Serving Institutions throughout southern U.S. states, launched CISL's public education program by designing and constructing the self-guided NWSC Visitor Exhibit, and supported adult education through lectures in the University of Wyoming's Learning in a Fun Environment (LIFE) program.

2012 CISL Annual Report