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Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant

Principal Investigators: Robert J. Myers (lead); Theresa Schwerin, IGES
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NASA, NSF, and NOAA Grant #

Project Description

ESSEA is an IGES initiative through funding from NASA, NSF, and NOAA.

NOAA funding for ESSEA is primarily addressing NOAA's Education Goal 1: promote environmental literacy by increasing understanding and use of NOAA data, information and programs. To meet this goal, IGES is developing new ESSEA modules for K-12 teachers that focus on NOAA ocean and climate science and data. These modules would be disseminated through the ESSEA consortium of 40+ educational institutions.

IGES is developing three new modules/year on NOAA climate topics, specifically related to the oceans role in climate. Modules in development for year 1 are on the following topics: Ocean Acidification, Coastal Inundation, and Thermohaline Circulation and Salinity.

IGES has assembled a group of senior advisers who are advising us on module topics, reviewing new modules and alerting the IGES development team of new ocean/climate related issues that will inform the module development. These advisers were selected based on their knowledge of current NOAA ocean science research, educational resources and the Ocean Science Literacy Framework.

  • Annette deCharon, Director, Center for Ocean Sciences Educational Excellence (COSEE) -Ocean Systems
  • Cheryl Peach, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Rob Pockalney, University of Rhode Island
  • Lundie Spence, Director, COSEE Southeast
  • Elizabeth Vernon Bell, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

ESSEA modules can be used individually, or combined to form courses. A typical ESSEA course is 16 weeks and includes 3-4 modules. Each ESSEA module includes:

Scenario –An environmental event or issue that is the context for learning from an Earth system science approach.

Concepts – Key concepts that are acquired through the completion of the module.

Resources– Links to web-based and other sources of information, data, and tools.

Sample Investigations– Grade appropriate student-centered activities or investigations that build skills and content knowledge.

ESSEA faculty will receive training in the initial NOAA modules during summer 2010 and begin using the modules in fall 2010.

Contact Information:
Principal Investigator: Robert J. Myers, IGES,
Co-Investigator: Theresa Schwerin, IGES,