Hale kula climate stewards presentation 07.12

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Presentation to HKES Sea Urchins Project teachers by Dr. Rick Jones of University of Hawaii, West Oahu on July 23, 2012

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Hale kula climate stewards presentation 07.12

  1. NOAA Climate Stewards in Hawaii: A Case Study in Teaching Climate Science
  2. Many teachers have trouble talking about climate change in their classroomsDiscussions of climate change have become politicizedSome teachers are not sure of the science themselvesLike any “hot button” issue, the loudest voice may not be supported by the data.58% of US Citizens accepted climate change as real last year (Pew Research Center poll, 2011)More than 25% of teachers reported having arguments over this issue (NESTA Survey of Earth Science Teachers, 2011)
  3. Down from 77% in 2006 from: Inman, M. (2012) 3
  4. A need for teaching climate change in the classroomsYale survey finds that even those teens who accept that humanity is heating up the planet are often confused about the reasons (Inman, 2012)
  5. NOAA Climate Stewards PurposeBuild Climate Literacy so educators can:• understand the concepts of climate•assess the scientifically credibility ofinformation•make informed and responsibledecisions, and initiate actions in thecommunity
  6. NOAA Climate Stewards ProgramIs all about providing scienceOffers mini grants (Hale Kula received $500.00)Offers travel support for Climate Stewards to attend professional development opportunitiesEstablished six regional groups with a goal of fostering regular communication and collaboration among educators within those regionsFocus projects in your communitiesFocus projects in citizen science 6
  7. projects in your communities Reusable Bags School/Community Garden 7
  8. projects in citizen science Sea Urchin Science Sea Urchin Science in the classroom on the reef 8
  9. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards Program Based on an earlier research project conducted on a Kaneohe Bay patch reef that had been cleared of invasive seaweed using the “Super Sucker” and then had native collector urchins placed and monitored to see how well they were able to control the invasive algae. This project originates from the $500.00 Climate Stewards mini grant that focuses on continued improvement of the health of Oahu’s coral reefs. Image source: ryanphotographic.com This year, Hale Kula teachers agree to participate by housing salt water aquariums in five classrooms. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources agreed to provide small urchins to the school for students to raise and to actively engage in scientific research. 9
  10. The “Super Sucker”An underwater vacuum that “sucks”invasive algae right off the reef! 10
  11. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramIs all about providing science: Prior to this project, teachers from Hale Kula, Wheeler and Solomon Elementary schools engaged in active professional development opportunities including monthly workshops focused on climate change and corals. One full day experience at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Coconut Island with Dr. Fenny Cox 11 Image source: c.weiner Image source: hmbi.hawaii.edu
  12. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramIs all about providing science: On site teacher professional development, focused on the physical properties of water and what happens to sea level as ocean water warms.As the Earth warms, its waters will also expand slightly.As Earth’s atmospheric temperature rises from globalwarming, the oceans will warm and sea levels will risefrom the expansion of the water, as well as from theaddition of water from melted land-based glaciers . 12
  13. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery:Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramIs all about providing science: Professional Development focused on the chemistry of ocean water and the impact changes in the chemistry have on marine life.As CO2 increases in the atmosphere the pHof the ocean decreases leading to oceanacidification.Acidic ocean waters stress and react with thecarbonate skeleton of corals. 13
  14. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramProject Goals:Through Comprehensive evaluation we will measure:  whether the program increases environmental and climate literacy of the teachers and the students  whether the program increases the number and impact of climate stewardship activities at the school and in the community 14 Image source: hawaiiarmyweekly.com Image source: ryanphotographic.com
  15. Sea Urchin’s for Coral Recovery: Hale Kula’s Climate Stewards ProgramProject Goals Continued:Increased control of invasive algae on the reefs of Kaneohe BayContinued participation of Hale Kula and addition of schools in the Scholfield/Wheeler Complex and then to other schools in Central Oahu and the Leeward CoastSchool and community adoption of project management after year five to sustain climate stewardship activities 15 Image source: ryanphotographic.com
  16. National Climate Stewards Project • 140 educators in 40 States and DC • Formal Educators - elementary through university • Informal educators - nature centers, science centers and zoos. • Climate Stewards Wiki
  17. NOAA Climate Stewards Process
  18. National Leadership Team
  19. Additional Professional Development Opportunities for other Teachers Free Online Courses andEducation Conferences, Workshops, Workshopsand Webinars From the American Meteorologicale.g. Climate Change Here and Now: Impacts Society (AMS) and funded by NOAA,on Pacific Islands, Coastlines, and Ocean NASA, and the Navy - Space is availableNASA’s Aquarius: Ocean concepts in the for the fall 2012 cohortclassroom Webinar Series
  20. Stewardship in Action!
  21. National Contacts Peg Steffen peg.steffen@noaa.gov NOAA’s National Ocean Service Communications & Education Division Bruce Moravchik bruce.moravchik@noaa.gov NOAA’s National Ocean Service Communications & Education Division Hawaii Contacts  Richard Jones rmjones7@hawaii.edu University of Hawaii – West Oahu Education Division  Maggie Prevenas prevenas@hawaiiantel.net Kalama Intermediate School, Maui 7th Grade Science 21
  22. NOAA Climate Stewards Impacts Image source: mprevenas "It is better to teach people in advance about the environment, than to reverse the damage they do..." 6th grade student
  23. Climate Stewards

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